Tom Strong #20

Writer: Alan Moore Artist: Jerry Ordway Publisher: America's Best Comics Critic Reviews: 2
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell May 7, 2003

    I love the idea of parallel worlds, and the temporal theory that every decision one makes in life results in two divergent realities. I'm also a fan of the doom & gloom scenario where the existence of one reality threatens another, and one has to be destroyed to that the other can continue. In any event Alan Moore manages to develop a fairly engaging little alternate reality in which Tom's father is killed before Tom was conceived, and this results in a world where Tom's counterpart is sired by another man, and lives a life that parallels Tom's but with some fairly surprising differences. Now longtime readers are sure to find this issue more rewarding, as it's helps if one is familiar with how Tom Strong got started, so one can recognized where Thom Stone's life went in a different direction. Basically Alan Moore has created a new sandbox to play in, and while I don't expect this secondary reality to last beyond this arc, I certainly plan on enjoying it while it's here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Apr 26, 2003

    For once, Jerry Ordway's artwork isn't wasted on Tom Strong. His attention to detail, his study of the human form, his adherence to a naturalistic movement and expression all do much to not only make the story pleasing to the eye but also creates a feeling of the genuine. Through the artwork you accept that this time line could have happened. It is not grotesque or ugly, and such aestheticism deserves to survive. Will Tom Strong find a way to save both time lines, or will he need to sacrifice the other so one may live? It's a classic. Read Full Review

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