Monday, September 19, 2005


The End of the World

Who knew I could get this excited about the end of the world? I can scarcely express how much I'm looking forward to this:

Written by Alan Moore, art and cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
ABC. It's 'Tom Strong at the End of the World' as Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse reunite for one final, breathtaking story. The events of the last several issues of Promethea are recalled as our hero and special guest stars Jack B. Quick, Greyshirt, Splash Brannigan, The Cobweb, Jonni Future, and many others discover what happens when the world comes to an end. But that's all small potatoes compared to the really big news revealed within these pages! Final issue.
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Dec. 14.

In the few years now since Moore last wrote an issue of Tom Strong, folks like Peter Hogan, Ed Brubaker, Michael Moorcock, and Steve Aylett have all done journeyman work in chronicling the adventures of the hero of Millennium City, but it's long been time for Moore to write the character one last time and put him to bed. (He already destroyed the world in the penultimate issue of Promethea, after all. What could come next?)

As much as I'm enjoying Paul Di Filippo's take on Top Ten: Beyond the Farthest Precinct, I think Wildstorm would probably be better off retiring the whole ABC line now that Moore is done with it. Between the end of Promethea, this last issue of Tom Strong, and the two Tomorrow Stories specials, I think the ABC universe has been brought to a tidy conclusion, and perhaps that should be an end to it.

Of course, if Wildstorm were to call tomorrow and ask me to write a new Tom Strong adventure, I reserve the right to change my position on the matter.

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