It’s amazing that this far into his career Alan Moore can still maintain a palpable enthusiasm and love for the graphic medium and for the history of comics. Tom Strong is a testament to this appreciation. This beautiful new deluxe hardcover edition collecting the book’s first two volumes is pure enjoyment, a celebration of comics.

The son of a brilliant inventor, Tom Strong was raised in a high-gravity chamber and, as a result, is gifted with super human strength and intelligence. Through ingenious flashbacks presented as “lost tales,” Moore tells the century-long crime fighting history of Strong, tipping his hat to countless genre conventions.

Moore doesn’t just create comics; he creates worlds. And this book is one such creation.

Grade: A

Tom Strong: Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 is currently available.