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Terra Obscura: Volume 1

(Terra Obscura #1)

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SC, TPB, NM, New, Written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan. Art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story. Published in May of 2004, Softcover, 160 pages, full color. Cover price $14.95.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Wildstorm
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Jedi JC Daquis
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
At its best, Terra Obscura is a homage to superheroes of the early ages. There's more talk and discussion than action and everything runs at a very slow pace. At its worst, Terra Obscura is a sad chronicle of heroes on a quest that Superman could have solved in just a single issue.

To be fair with the material, I haven't read any Tom Strong story from which Terra Obscura has spinned off. So I may be missing a chunk of the universe. But my biggest gripe in this first volume is its pacing. Majority
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Travis
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
A mini series from Alan Moore, spinning of from his Tom Strong series, that got almost no attention whatsoever.
Shame as it's a great example of how you can reintroduce golden age supers and do it by blending the 'modern' with old fashioned super hero action.

There are numerous story threads that Moore manages to juggle and keep you guessing as to which ones are actually connected to the main mystery. Nice ensemble feel to the cast and while some of the heroes get 'updated' or given a modern touch
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Neil
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
disclaimer: i haven't read any of the tom strong stuff
of which this is apparently an extension, but it's
basically an homage to golden and silver age comics,
with funny insights into/twists on the common tropes
but stopping shy of going full bore slapstick. the plot
is typical alan moore fare, which is still better than most.
Juan Jose
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Almost nice, but kind of boring...
Fraser Sherman
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is readable, but not memorable. Spinning off from Moore's Tom Strong series, the premise is that this Earth's superheroes (all public domain from the defunct Chesler Comics) have been sealed away for thirty years, but now they're back! Thus we have lots of names dropped and characters introduced, and a big threat emerges, but it really comes off like a competent but average Silver Age story. Project: Super-Powers did better with the same characters.
Michael
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightfully fun, if light, adventure romp.
B
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, westend
I lost track of these guys. I thought this Justice League homage was in Invincible or, failing that, Supreme. But, no, I've been misremembering Tom Strong the whole time, I guess.

Tom Strong, surprisingly, does not appear anywhere in this book.

I thought this whole story was pretty good, but it had too few characters and rushed through a series of revelations. The most interesting dynamic in this book is the way in which the authors try to bluff the reader into caring about these characters. Usual
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Fugo Feedback
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seguidores de los ABC
Recommended to Fugo by: Tom Strong
Terra Obscura retoma a los personajes de la tierra homónima que aparecieron allá por el #14 de Tom Strong. De algún modo Hogan (con "co-argumentos" de Moore) se encarga de hacer una historia de misterio-superhéroes-dioses-descubrimientosexual-cienciaficción con buen ritmo y ayudado por un correcto Paquette. Hay que ver cómo termina todo en el tomo 2, porque acá la pasé bien pero no me resultó particularmente atrapante.
Darrell
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tradepaperbacks
Alan Moore spins off his Tom Strong comic adventures into an alternate earth Tom Strange...all the characters are "science heroes" and they get together to solve mysteries
big muscles/soap opera bland handsomeness and genre celebration/skewering
not bad but not great
Dale
Although this title looks like the book is in Spanish or something, rest assured I read it in English. A tip of the hat to my brother Scott for recommending it.
Gary Pryke
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
The problem with this comic...Alan Moore didn't write it, he only co-plotted it.
Paul
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Lacks the usual Moore magic. The art is OK, but a bit over-exagerated in some cases (does Tom Strange need to have such a humongous chin? ;-)
Timothy Boyd
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Very good mini series revamping many Golden Age comic characters. Nice Plot and well written. Recommended
Blake
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Nice art, decent use of public domain characters, but kind of bland.
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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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