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Tom Strong, Book 1 (Tom Strong #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,033 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Alan Moore strikes again with Americas Best Comics, an entire line of comics created and written by him. A physical and mental super-human, Tom Strong was orphaned by his scientist parents, raised by a steam-powered robot, and fights evil alongside his beautiful wife and headstrong daughter. Tom quickly heads into battle against the Nazi super-woman Ingrid Weiss and a ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by WildStorm (first published March 2000)
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Great comics. Nostalgic without being corny. Nothing huge, political, meta, or ponderous. Just fun stories exceptionally well executed.

And unlike some comics that call back to that early pulp era, this comic doesn't require that you know a bunch of obscure literature from that era to understand what's going on, or get a bunch of in jokes.

Nope, this is one of those great stories that captures the feel of a genre, without relying on the traditions that made the genre obsolete.

Highly recommended
Story Synopsis: (view spoiler) ...more
Ryan Mishap
Aug 10, 2010 Ryan Mishap rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
A send-up of the super-hero comic, complete with Victorian-style adventure story where Tom's parents raise him on a tropical island under circumstances designed to make him a strong, completely rational human. The knowledge of the islander natives gives him long life and a wife, as well as an English ape that talks in broad Englishisms. Oh, and there's a robot butler.

Anyway, the parody is on in full, as Tom Strong speaks classic comic dialogue explaining his actions and reactions as he fights wh
Feb 08, 2015 Albert rated it it was amazing
Alan Moore is a comic book writing GOD! If you want to argue that with me, knowing something of his resume, then I can only assume the level of graphic novels or comic books you can handle ranks only as intelligently stimulating as Archie or Daffy Duck. With such great tales as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, Moore has made his books socially relevant as well as entertaining. But compared to those one may think Tom Strong to be tame and subdued. But if you think that then you aren't paying ...more
Nenad Vukusic
Jan 02, 2013 Nenad Vukusic rated it it was amazing
Alan Moore's take on nietzschean superman is a beautiful play on superhero comic genre, right from the first page, where little Timmy (I might have forgotten his name, please forgive me) is so engrossed in his Tom Strong comic that he misses the real Tom Strong action happening during his journey to school. Book is full of touching references to golden age comic heroes, in writing and drawing and is a great fun to read. A lot lighter and happier than many Moore works, this one is great for ...more
Jan 28, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it
my fave science hero. Solid stories, fine art. met the artist at a convention once (nice guy, by the way), and gave this a shot. Glad I did.
Mar 30, 2016 Dan rated it it was ok
sometimes I hated this and sometimes I actually liked it.
Miguel Pulido
Tom Strong es una fascinante vuelta de tuerca al cómic de superhéroes, en el que Alan Moore elimina toda influencia de los universos DC y Marvel e inventa un universo nuevo con firmes raíces en la literatura pulp. En otras palabras, todos los cómics de superhéroes tienen en su ADN a los personajes de la Edad de Oro como Superman y Batman o los héroes con problemas introducidos por Stan Lee en los 60; en cambio, los antepasados de Tom Strong son los personajes clásicos del pulp, desde La sombra, ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it
4.5 really
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Watchmen, V de Vendetta, From Hell, Miracleman o Batman: La Broma Asesina, son títulos por méritos propios escritos con letras de oro en la Historia del “noveno arte”. Obras que atestiguan el talento y la imaginación de Alan Moore, un individuo peculiar, extraño, extravagante, atípico y provocador, como sólo los genios pueden serlo.
No contento con haber ejercido de cabeza más visible de una generación de autores
Meet Tom Strong, the top science hero of Millennium City. He grew up on the remote West Indian island of Attabar Teru, married the chieftain's daughter, Dhalua and together they have a daughter of their own, Tesla. Along with inventive genius he possesses a steam-powered butler named Pneuman, pals around with a British talking gorilla and prevents one disaster after another, speeding along in his heli-pack or antique jalopy.

The Strong family has helped keep Millennium City, and America, safe fo
Matt Mendoza
Jul 21, 2015 Matt Mendoza rated it liked it
Tom Strong is written in a very specific old-school adventure comic style. I like Moore's inventiveness with this comic. He continues writing in his style that is assured. His worlds exist and his characters inhabit it. He feels no need to insist that fact, which is great. He also follows many real-world concepts to their logical conclusions. The Aztecs, for example, are so technologically superior that they conquer an Earth with guns and eventually develop planeshifting technology. That being ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Tom Strong, the bold science hero, defended Millennium City from many crazed villains over the course of the Twentieth Century, aided by his wife Dhalua, his daughter Tesla, his robot butler Pneuman, and his intelligent ape-associate Solomon. Tom's origins and his 1999 entanglements with two of his greatest enemies are recounted: Ingrid Weiss, Nazi superwoman, and Paul Saveen, the infamous science-renegade.

Alan Moore, proven master of deconstruction, changes gears and strikes an optimistic tone
Jason Luna
Mar 27, 2014 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
It's a pretty clever use of the superhero motif. The stories read really quick and have a lot of excitement and even fairly quick plot resolution. But they throw in a lot of little details to make it cooler.

He's borderline immortal due to a healthy upbringing in Africa. He's so smart he has a trained gorilla and an old-school intelligent robot based on magnetic tapes in his brain. I like that they mix in a lot of details into a superhero narrative, still allowing for it to seem deeper than an ol
Jun 27, 2008 Monk rated it really liked it
OK, a definite change from the usual work for Moore. My experience from Moore is the Watchmen, which is essentially about superheroes being just as weak and as flawed as most everyone else. It's dark and gritty, and edgy, and it makes political statements.

This is Moore writing about Superman.

Only Tom Strong's not an alien. He's the child of a brilliant scientist who raised tom in increased gravity to encourage the growth of the world's strongest man on an island with seemingly magical properties
Feb 24, 2016 Johnathon rated it it was amazing
Excellent adventure series that mixes old school action with modern sensibilities, showing Alan Moore's versatility in the comic book genre. The main appeal is Tom Strong himself, a fun character who on top of being a great hero is also a good husband & father, the kind who has no problem having his daughter join him on adventures to save the world but discourages her from drinking till she's 21. He's surrounded by other great characters, from his robot butler , Pneuman, to his intelligent ...more
Jo Bennie
Dec 01, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m, s
A wonderful collection by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse featuring the achingly beautiful watercolour covers of Alex Ross, telling the story of home grown super man Tom Strong. Strong's parents raised him in an isolation tank under high gravity on a remote island Attabar Teru, aided by the machine Strong's father built, the steampunk Pneuman, a proto robot powered by steam and voiced by wax recording cylinders. After marrying the beautiful fearsome princess of the island Dhaula they split their ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Mza rated it liked it
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Fpat Murray
Jun 25, 2009 Fpat Murray rated it it was amazing
I am just going to review the first trade of ongoing comic series rather than each, unless there is a really stand out issue. I generally read the entire series which I have started, unless it's BORING, with capital letters.

Took me a while to come around to the idea of an Alan Moore Superman archetype character. The stories are very uplifting, not typical of Moore, and the ending was a very pleasant surprise. The ABC imprint was one of the most diverse (genre-wise) publishers ever, it is a real
Feb 14, 2012 Davis rated it it was ok
Recommended to Davis by: Drew
Not bad, well written for the most part, and the art was pretty. The stories were interesting and fun to read, especially as Moore was paying homage to older comics. I wanted to know what happened next because everything was grandiose and overdone on purpose. I read this on a recommendation, and with the idea that this was Moore's response to the "darker and edgier" shift comics were taking after he wrote Watchmen. He does a good job of reversing that, making this pure and lighthearted. The work ...more
May 04, 2013 arjuna rated it really liked it
A lovely send-up of (and homage to) traditional comics and adventure literature - witty, idiosyncratic, respectful of the genre while taking the piss, but still finding room for originality and Moore's particular style. The one word people seem to keep using is playful, and that's exactly right. It's fun to read, and you get the feeling it was fun to create, too - it has the feel of a loving creation in the Dan Dare mould... a happily married clean-living superhero who happens to be a thoroughly ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Zac rated it liked it
I borrowed this from the library and wasn't expecting much but it was quite enjoyable. A 50s or 60s-style pulp superhero comic. I'd flicked through a bit of the '1963' series and didn't think much of it, but it was perhaps a little too close to the source material it was referencing. 'Tom Strong', at least, has some inventive ideas, great villains (the Aztechs have been my favourites so far), and a more modern art style often with the panels piecing together to reveal a larger setting. I'm ...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
Nov 21, 2007 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Imagine Alan Moore writing a comic filled with fun and smart ideas, while entirely leaving behind his pretentious and new age streaks. That's Tom Strong, and it's very, very good. Moore pretty much entirely leaves behind satire, mysticism, and smart for smart's sake to tell a fun, old fashioned, but at the same time very quirky and iconoclastic superhero story. That our hero is 99 years old and has flashbacks to earlier adventures--adventures that perfectly fit the mold for whatever time they're ...more
I can't. I'm halfway through and I just can't anymore. The sexism. The racism. People keep recommending Alan Moore books to me and I don't understand why. The evil Aztech? The dominatrix Nazi and her (actual quote) "Luftwaffe of Lust"? Is this satire? Someone tell me this is satire.

Extra star for the wife and daughter being decently-written women of color, even though they are generally relegated to the status of sidekick or vaguely-acceptable substitute. Otherwise...Alan Moore you kill me. I'm
Alex Kartman
Jun 02, 2015 Alex Kartman rated it it was amazing
A great piece of modern-pulp comic with throwback characters and illustration. Tom Strong is a hero, brought up without nurture, but raised with intellect to compliment his super-human strength. In this collection, Tom Strong fights primordial goo, super-computer robots, and Neo-Nazi beauties. While Tom Strong doesn't include the cultural statements of Watchmen or V For Vendetta, author Alan Moore creates a character with a heart as big as his biceps. If you enjoy comics of any sort, this ...more
David Walker
Oct 02, 2015 David Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing for a good read or something different in this age of comics as a movie rough draft

Alan Moores AbC Comics are amazing. My lersonal Favourite Comic Universe and the Best Science Heroes ever. You wont be disappointed. Not the usual fare in comics / but a breathe of fresh air for sure... even 15years after its release. Tom Strong is easily the best fleshed out series as it is straight forward boy adventure and bizarre boy genius mixed in.... try it out. Its only $1
Richard Guion
Jul 10, 2011 Richard Guion rated it really liked it
Alan Moore's Tom Strong is the antidote to everything that may be wrong with the modern versions of Superman and other super-heroes. Tom Strong's adventures are a perfect blend of pulp hero glory combined with the innocent magic of the original Captain Marvel family. Chris Sprouse, the main artist on these issues, has the perfect style to match these tales. I remember being vaguely disappointed with these stories when I originally read them, but I really enjoyed them now.
Nov 11, 2009 Travis rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Lots of fun as noble Doc Savage rip off, Tom Strong, his beautiful wife, spunky teenage daughter, robot butler and talking gorilla fight nazi amazons, weird gadgets, aztec science cults and monsters.

Fun pulp style read that would make a good cartoon. Moore tries a bit too hard for a light hearted feel, and can't stop himself from taking some modern, humorous jabs at the genre, but gets big points for just trying to write a comic that's fun to read.

Sep 05, 2015 J. rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun, but it's a little hard to describe. It's pulp, but in a completely unironic manner. So much modern pulp is either self-indulgent, winking over its shoulder, or cringe-inducingly un-self-aware, that this really stands out. I guess I would compare it most to either Mignola's Hellboy stuff (but without the dark side) or the Goon series (without the absurdity.) Anyway, it's refreshing and fun, and the art looks great.
Sep 14, 2013 Erik rated it really liked it
It's a rip-roaring read in the style of early science hero pulp-- with a hit of self-awareness of just how corny that old stuff could be. The twist that makes it worth reading is that Tom (along with his family) is written intelligently; instead of solving problems solely with his fists and gadgets, he knows when to reason. It's oddly satisfying to see a reasonable outcome attached to a pulp problem.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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