Building from a strong (*ahem*) start with the first issue, Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #2 opens with a very arresting image; it was subtly powerful. A shot of Strong’s spacecraft approaching a parallel Manhattan, with the World Trade Center ahead of them. The framing of it; the angle of Strong’s spaceshift — it was highly likely crafted thus on purpose.
It was arresting because it was completely unexpected. It’s been over a decade since that horrible day, when those iconic structures were destroyed, and thousands of lives lost. It evoked a sense of loss, while at the same time imparting a sense of respect, and hope.
And the timing of this comic couldn’t have been more apt, released just days before the 12 anniversary of Sept. 11.
But writer Peter Hogan almost immediately subverts that hope; that possible expectation. This NYC is in far worse shape than ours (or Tom’s). It’s facing a certain, and rapidly approaching, doom. And before Tom can get the remedy he needs to save his daughter (see issue #1), he’ll have to figure out how to save this planet. The odds are impossible, the obstacles seemingly insurmountable. And the next issue cannot come soon enough — this is crackling good stuff!