Terra Obscura
Volume Two

Authors: Alan Moore and Peter Hogan
Artists: Yanick Paquette and Karl Story
Titan Books
RRP 11.99
ISBN 1 84576 193 6
Available 25 November 2005

Just as things have returned to normal for everyone on Terra Obscura, including the members of S.M.A.S.H., a mysterious object appears on the edge of their galaxy - and it's on a collision course with the planet. Even more distressing is that the object appears to be the spacecraft of long-lost hero Captain Future. As the ship nears, time anomalies crop up over the entire planet, wreaking terrible havoc the closer it gets. Can Tom Strange and the other heroes unravel this mystery before it spells doom for the entire planet?...

Volume Two of Terra Obscura sees more odd goings on in the near duplicate Earth which Tom Strong discovered in 1968. This planet, which Strong called Terra Obscura, was attacked by an alien soon after Strong returned home. The result being that Terra Obscura's future changed considerably.

If you're not familiar with the characters in Terra Obscura, this might not be the best place to start. While it's not overly difficult to get into the plot, it really does help if you have some prior knowledge of what has gone on before.

There are plenty of subplots to keep you turning the pages. What dreadful secret is Tim hiding? Just what exactly has Captain Future (or, thanks to a promotion in his absence, Colonel Future as he is now known) got to do with the strange time shifts? And can our heroes stop the atomic bomb from falling on Hiroshima?

The artwork is impressive and the writing is spot on - even if Alan Moore manages to take top billing even though he didn't actually appear to have written any of the script.

Another worthy addition to the Terra Obscura series.

Ray Thompson

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