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Tom Strong, Book 1

(Tom Strong #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,265 ratings  ·  81 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 preh ...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
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Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Next to Alan Moore's greatest works (Watchmen) and his sploshiest stinkers (Neonomicon), Tom Strong sits pretty squarely in the middle. It's a fun pulp romp with little to object about it but also little that's truly remarkable.
Ryan Mishap
Aug 08, 2010 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
Hum......I just saw this book appearing on my GD's feed and I remembered that I actually have a copy of this comic somewhere in my external disk. Turned out it was incomplete LOL.

Anyway, I'm not sure I've ever heard of Tom Strong comic in a extensive scale before. Only a few years ago, it came up during a discussion in an IR group on IR themed comics and I think someone recommended Tom Strong. And I think, I only briefly read through to get a glimpse of what this comic was all about.

Now that I
Apr 20, 2013 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
Andrew Cook
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Extremely fun read! Tom Strong reminds me of a grittier Mr. Incredible, but not too gritty. Highly recommend!
Feb 03, 2015 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 atte ...more
Nenad Vukusic
Aug 16, 2012 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 every ...more
Jan 28, 2010 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 rated it it was ok
sometimes I hated this and sometimes I actually liked it.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, read-in-2018
“Alan Moore pulp pastiche”—That’s all I knew about Tom Strong until a few days ago. Now I can’t believe I’m 20 years late to the party. HOLY CRAP, THIS COMIC WAS MADE FOR ME.

Co-created by Moore and artist Chris Sprouse, Tom Strong was released by Moore’s “America's Best” line beginning in 1999. In issues 1-7, which are collected in this volume, we plunge headlong into a Golden Age alternate universe that already feels fully formed. Raised in a laboratory and gifted with extended life, Tom Strong
Emma Lindhagen
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superheros
Gosh what an odd book. Maybe more of a 3.5 for me because I did think it was overall very cleverly executed (particularly the art style changing for flashbacks and that sort of thing, which I really enjoyed).

This book uses such a lot of trite or outdated tropes, but it also lampshades most of them them hard.

I feel like there's a lot of racial stuff in this book I'm not really the right person to talk about. There's a white savior trope, which isn't really lampshaded so much as it is a bit of a
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would push this series (and this book in particular) to anyone wanting to know what the deal was with pulp fiction. A much-needed addendum to Lovecraft and Chandler to help understand what sort of stories were being told and why they'd eventually lead to superhero comic books.

Because this is a more modern telling, we also get a subversion of the various-isms that plagued such stories in the 30's and 40's, which is more than welcome.
Larry C
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
If we could give 1/2 stars, this would be 2 1/2 Stars. Episodic chapters, rather than an arc or storyline. It’s ok.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lent to me by someone; I enjoyed it. If I can find a reasonably priced book 2 I'll get that to read.
Shannon Lewis
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read. Sort of fantastic four meets Doc Savage via the mind bridge of the incredibly inventive Alan More.

Just read it.
Will Fenton
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite fun, although the cringe-worthy dialogs from the Ape manservant detracts heavily,even if it's supposed to be satire.
Justin Decloux
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alan Moore balances perfectly the urge to deconstruct a genre archetype and still make it a fun yarn.
Oliver Bateman
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
oh, you know: moore is good enough, as he always is, and the art's phenomenal. you won't be disappointed, but you won't remember these stories a month later, either.
Matt Mendoza
Jul 21, 2015 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 s ...more
Nov 04, 2011 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
Jun 20, 2008 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
Jason Luna
Mar 24, 2014 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
Feb 24, 2016 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 a ...more
Jo Bennie
Jul 08, 2011 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 ti ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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Fpat Murray
Jun 25, 2009 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 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
Feb 06, 2015 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 defin ...more
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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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