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Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #11

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writers: Alan Moore and Steve Moore
Artists: Bruce Timm, Chris Weston, Arthur Adams, Alan Weiss and Andrew Pepoy

Publisher: DC/America's Best Comics

The opening story has Tesla Strong being taking captive by a big game hunter, where she finds herself placed in a nature preserve for Jungle-Girls. Now this is delightfully goofy story and it's clear that Alan Moore is having fun with the idea, as the sequence where the big game hunter ventures into the jungles to locate his missing customers is a hilarious display of narration, with his running commentary being the highlight of the issue. As for the second story it's a fun look at the temporal twisting mechanics of the time bridge that links Jonni Future to her home time period, as she has a face to face meeting with Johnny Future, and it is this meeting that in turn inspires his decision to make her his successor, which makes for a fun temporal paradox.

I also like the fact that this development has essentially left the door open for a future meeting between the two, and perhaps even a team-up, as we now know there is a means for the two to meet, if only to compare notes. As for the final page story while it's a Young Tom Strong adventure, most of the story is told from the perspective of Fancy O'Keefe, a young woman who has decided to make a mark in aviation history by making a "non-stop flight to Rio de Janeiro", and naturally her flight path brings her to the island of Attabar Teru, where she has a series of misadventures, that nicely pay homage to the previous adventures we've seen in the pages of this series. Now the character of Fancy is a lot of fun, as are her various misinterpretations when she encounters the various features of the island, but once again this is the weakest of the three stories that make up this series.

Bruce Timm of "Batman: The Animated Series" fame provides the art on the first chapter, and his cartoon style lends itself extremely well to the delightfully cheesy tone of the story, as one has to smile when the central premise of the story is offered up, and Tesla is confronted by the jungle full of Jungle-Girls. As for the Jonni Future tale, Arthur Adams is only providing the inks instead of the full art, but the level of detail is still ever present, and there's a great series of panels where Jonni gets the opportunity to say goodbye to her predecessor. As for the final story the art seems bolder that it's been in previous issues and this helps considerably as our island visitor goes on a tour of the wonders that Attabar Teru provides.



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