Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

Writer: Peter Hogan Artist: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 31, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13
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At last, it's the return of Tom Strong-too bad he's powerless! The lives of his daughter Tesla and her unborn child both hang in the balance, and there's nothing Tom can do to save them...until he remembers the one thing that just might. To find it, he and Val Var Garm must journey to the far side of the galaxy, and the mysterious world known as... TERRA OBSCURA !

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 4, 2013

    A hero going on a journey to save his daughter and unborngrandchild. It doesn't get any more heroicor classical than this. Get in on thiswhile you can! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 3, 2013

    Tom Strong and The Planet of Peril #1 is an excellent read. Perhaps it's my affinity for metafiction, or maybe it's that science heroes are just cool as hell. Whatever the reason, Tom Strong has a new fan. I've already started saving my money for the original Alan Moore run (which wasalso illustrated by Sprouse!) Seriously, I can't say enough how much fun this issue is; there's action, drama, thrills, and Peter Hogan doesn't condescend to his readers, an aspect I hold in very high regard. Hogan understands that not everyone knows who Tom Strong is in 2013, so he includes flashbacks and moments of exposition that aren't really exposition because they're hidden within the insanely good plot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 2, 2013

    This is Sprouse's baby, and his love for the character and this world definitely shows. His art looks more refined than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 4, 2013

    So, terrific art, a great story, wonderful characters - in a just universe, this comic would be a hit! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jul 31, 2013

    Peter Hogan, who wrote Strong's last mini-series in 2010, returns and jumps right back into the zany world of these characters without missing a beat. In fact, if there is a problem with this issue, it's that it plays to longtime fans and not new readers. It's a slow start for a Tom Strong book, something this character is not known for. Since the issue is graced with a "#1" it probably could have showcased some more of the larger than life adventures that we have come to know and love. Again, that is no doubt coming up, and this issue starts things off just fine, but new readers are missing out on that Tom Strong magic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 31, 2013

    There's no doubt in my mind this is going to be a great six issue series. Everything is set up nicely and the characters speak and act as they should. The only problem is, aside from the comic book aspect introduced here, there isn't much to chew on. It's mostly setup, so the real enjoyment won't come for another issue at least. That said, the stakes are extremely high and there's every reason to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 3, 2013

    Not exactly what you might expect from the publisher that produces it, but pleasantly engaging regardless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Shanna VanVolt Aug 6, 2013

    That said, I wouldn't miss the next issue for the world. While this one can be a bit of a slow climb, once it reaches its peak, we glimpse a whole magical universe that can be created through comics. Hogan respectfully continues the tradition Alan Moore started, and the recursive nature of a comic book within a comic book opens a needed discussion on the future and past of the medium. But in the forefront, the plot brilliantly builds up to a righteous feeling of human hope. Tom Strong's hope is refreshing in a comic world where some of our greatest heroes have become emotionally fraught, unable to save themselves, much less those they love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 22, 2013

    The science hero raised in high-gravity chamber certainly embraces Silver Age comics (which are even directly referenced) in a style antithetical to DC's current gritty 90s reboot. I'm not sure how many issues we'll get out of this series (Vertigo currently lists solicitations for five issues), but I'll gladly take what I can get. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 31, 2013

    Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril is a great book if you know the history. If not, you may find it too exclusive to fully enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Front Towards Gamer - FTG Contributor Aug 17, 2013

    In the end there just isn't that much to say about Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril; it has good ideas and a solid story towing along some decent characters and decent artwork. It's not painfully boring and it's not offensively bad but it isn't jump out of your skin amazing either, it simply is. If you like Tom Strong you've probably already picked this up and there's no reason not to, if you're curious about the character but new to the mythos this is a pretty solid place to start by way of introduction just don't expect to be wowed by anything here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jul 31, 2013

    With a classic team tackling it, I have to assume this book is intended for fans of Tom Strong, of which I do not count myself. I've never intentionally avoided the series, just never got around to it and at this point I wish I had because this seems like it'd be an amazing homecoming for die-hard fans. I wish I counted myself among their number, as I would very much LIKE to love this book, but even without the background, it introduces so many varied characters and immediate, emotional plotting that even an outsider like me can identify with. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb Aug 2, 2013

    If I've been harsh on the writing in "Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril" #1, it's because I was disappointed after I read it. The very end does promise an interesting twist as Tom and Val arrive at Terra Obscura, and it's possible that the story will pick up now that the action's begun. Hogan has written plenty of other Tom Strong books and I do trust him, but this first issue was a pretty bland start to what should be a book with short, punchy stories that are jam-packed with invention. Nevertheless, the characters feel right, the pacing is good, and the art is just so great that it's tough to feel too bad about the whole thing. Read Full Review

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