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Tom Strong (Book 4) Paperback – December 14, 2005


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  • Series: Tom Strong (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (December 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401205720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401205720
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.6 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All the ABC comics by Alan Moore are phenomenal." - Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). "His current work for the ABC line of comics... is prodigiously inventive." - Starlog "The kind of adventures that would cow Indiana Jones." - Bookmunch.co.uk" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Alan Moore is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking writing on Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke and V for Vendetta. He is currently working on the ABC line of comics, which also include Tomorrow Stories, Promethea, Top Ten and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (all published by Titan). Chris Sprouse has worked on such diverse titles as HammerLocke, Glory, Legion of Super-Heroes, Starman, Legionnaires and WildC.A.T.s/Aliens --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on July 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ok... Alan Moore is THE BEST comic book writer ever. In fact Alan Moore is one of the all time great writers in any genre, period. His works have inspired three major motion pictures and a fourth may be in the works. Unfortunately everyone has their limits and Mr. Moore may have reached his. I was astounded by the fact that Alan Moore appeared to be writing every issue of every comic for his own new comic line-up, America's Best Comics. This seemed like a daunting workload even for someone as talented as Mr. Moore and I think that the overall quality of his work has suffered. The first two collections of Tom Strong were absolutely stellar. The third, not as much and the fourth is the weakest yet.

The first story arc contains an alternate history story where Tom Strong is re-imagined as a mixed race African/Caucasian named Tom Stone. Tom Stone ends up being significantly more successful in his crime fighting career than Tom Strong and ends up rehabilitating most of Strong's science villains including the Modular Man, Pangaea and even Paul Saveen who becomes Tom Stone's partner in crime fighting. It was interesting to see the Tom Strong characters jumbled around and more of a presence by a character hinted at in earlier issues, Fingel Parallax. Unfortunately the ending telegraphs itself from a mile away and the near total lack of Tom Strong ultimately left the story unsatisfying. The story also felt less tight and coherent than Mr. Moore's usual writing. It's not bad; in fact it's quite good. It's just not up to Alan Moore's usual level of writing.

About half way through the book Mr. Moore passes the writing baton onto Peter Hogan and let me tell you Peter Hogan is no Alan Moore. Since it appears that Tom Strong 5 has no stories written by Alan Moore I'm going to pass on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
The first three issues of this collection (collecting issues ggg thru hhh) concern an alternate reality where a moments delay results in the Death of Sinclair Strong so Tom Strong is never born. Instead, a new hero named Tom Stone is created. But although Stone's world is a utopia, it has its problems and a visitor comes to Tom Strong for help.

The remaining issues contain a variety of adventures. First Tom visits the Moon on a rescue mission only to discover a hidden piece of his past. Secondly, Tom's first love KKK is still alive and out of a cryogenic prison. Finally Tom must confront the chaos created by his greatest fan.

I miss the old format of multiple stories per issue but these stories are good. The almost-Elseworlds tale of Tom Stone was very well done brining in much of Tom Strong's history. The lost love story was interesting in that it is set up to continue at a later date (somewhere after volume 5). These adventures are pretty much stand-alones without the clever interweaving of Moore's earlier tales.
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