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Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #11

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"Jungle is Massive!"
"Upon the Bridge of Time"
"Young Tom Strong and the Flight of Fancy"

Writer: Alan Moore; Steve Moore
Artists: Bruce Timm, Dave Stewart(c); Chris Weston(p), Wildstorm FX(c), Art Adams(i), Alan Weiss(p), Andrew Pepoy(i), Darlene Royer(c)
Publisher: DC

Bruce Timm fans will not want to leave this issue of Tom Strong's Terrific Tales on the racks. The man responsible for the greatest super-hero cartoons in the world provides the sublime artwork and no doubt inspiration for the first story. The tale ostensibly focuses on Tesla Strong, but in reality it takes a hilarious broader look at a subgenre of comic books.

Some uberfeminists might object to Timm's loving, cheesecake tribute to a particular type of hero, but it's important to point out that Timm's women are confident, effective and not victims. Unlike a certain Meltzer-corpse who shall have her or his identity protected. This vive la difference is evinced for instance by the way in which one of the women almost casually disarms a hunter. My, but I miss this type of woman.

Alan Moore's story while somewhat ribald actually reads pretty innocently. Except for one scene clearly adult in nature, a kid could read the book and not be irreparably damaged, as she would be upon reading Meltzer's despicable opus.

What started out as a hypereroticized pulp tribute has turned into enjoyable science fiction with a likable female star. Jonni Future meets an interesting character on the cross-dimensional bridge that separates her house from her headquarters. There's not much to say about the plot without giving it away, but the dialogue reads as natural and sweet. The artwork by Chris Weston and Art Adams bears none of the usual burlesque proclivities, and instead imbues visual strength to the story.

Jonni's co-father Steve Moore in the final story of the anthology introduces an aviatrix character named Fancy O'Keefe--superb choice of name--to the Tom Strong Universe. The spunky O'Keefe's thoughtful, engrossing narration of her flight and her encounters on the island of Attabar Teru, home of Young Tom Strong, combined with Alan Weiss' comprehension of what a beautiful woman really should look like makes this the best Young Tom Strong story written in the series.

The anthology comes up with another winner. Even the usual stinker Young Tom Strong merely elevates the quality of the book.



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