We'll be focusing here on the second issue of the maxiseries, the unwieldily titled The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World, written by Grant Morrison with pencils by Tom Strong's Chris Sprouse, inks by Karl Story and Walden Wong, and gorgeous colors by Dave McCaig.
I'll admit here from the beginning that while I can talk about this series' relationship to the DC Universe and Morrison's oeuvre, I'm close to clueless about the vagaries of early 20th century pulp fiction and would be incredibly interested in hearing from more learned readers whatever I've missed from that angle. That said, there's still a great deal of meat to dig into in this issue, which serves as a sort of conceptual counterpoint to Final Crisis's opening scene, showing us the end of Anthro and Vandal Savage's 40,000-year feud.
Arriving in stores this week is Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril#6. Created by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse, the original Tom Strong series launched in 1999 under the America's Best Comics imprint. The series ran for 36 issues, and along the way featured many guest writers and artists, including a few stand out issues written by Peter Hogan. Since then, Hogan has joined Sprouse and Karl Story for two well-received Tom Strong minseries, the second of which concludes this week. This latest tale features a pregnant Tesla Strong fighting for her life, while her father and husband seek a cure. But the only way to save her has seemingly come at the cost of her husband's life.
Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #6, which you can view below.
Great news from DC Comics: the publisher has announced Adventures of Superman, a new digital-first series that's the sort of thing we've been eager to see for years. Launching in April, the title will give a number of writers and artists a place to tell stories of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Man of Steel unrestrained by the continuity and aesthetics of the main New 52 line...
Released around this time last year, the first hardcover collection of Rocketeer Adventures anthology quickly shot to the top of my list of 2011's best looking comic books. Created by the late Dave Stevens, The Rocketeer offers creators a platter of uncommon beauties with which to work --the gorgeous pre-war period and associated Americana, the masterful Rocketeer character design, and the stunning Betty, modeled after pin-up legend Bettie Page -- making Rocketeer Adventures essential reading for fans of classic comic book storytelling, great illustration and genuinely fun stories of adventure and romance...
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