Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril 5 (January 2014)

290075 20131127162725 largeTom Strange finally appears in the issue–which is good, since Hogan’s only got one left. Besides the opening, which features another new (or returning from a previous limited series) character, a lot of the issue is just the Toms talking.

Tom Strange is set up on the moon (not sure why it was such a secret) and Tom Strong offers to help him try to figure out a cure for the plague. Then Hogan introduces the other members of Strange’s team; they’re a hodgepodge to show the smart people of all types banding together to save the species.

It’s a fine enough issue–there is some nice art from Sprouse and Story, particularly the trip to the moon base–but there’s a lack of drama to it. Even though Strong’s on a deadline, Hogan has a leisurely pace. The series’s definitely worth reading, but I’m glad it’s finishing soon.

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CREDITS

Sleeping in Flames; writer, Peter Hogan; penciller, Chris Sprouse; inker, Karl Story; colorist, Jordie Bellaire; letterer, Todd Klein; editors, Jessica Chen, Kristy Quinn, Ben Abernathy and Shelly Bond; publisher, Vertigo.

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