In this issue, we meet more of the retro-inspired superheroes of Terra Obscura, including two former allies, now made literal gods. These two omnipotent gods are the rulers/protectors of what’s left of humanity. Fortunately, writer Peter Hogan avoids giving in to the temptation another might’ve had to render these gods power-mad, though he does have them skirt the brink of obnoxious arrogance, and that seems to be the right tone.
We visit the “city”, such as it is, a slum of tents reminiscent of the accommodations of the railway camps. This makeshift city is policed by a variety of colorful costumed superheroes, previously introduced in Terra Obscura. As mentioned, the sight of 1950’s inspired characters, such as Pyroman — who resembles DC Comics’ Orion, or the Cavalier, who looks like, um, DC Comics’ the Cavalier — set against such desperate squalor, is rather ludicrous (but in a fun way).
Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #3 was more of a world/character introduction issue, serving to set up what promises to be explosive action in #4.
This issue also included a “sneak preview” of Coffin Hill #1, an upcoming series that made no impression, other than trying to hard to be hip. Fortunately, this inclusion did not reduce the Tom Strong page count.