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Tom Strong (Book 4) Paperback – December 14, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.