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Tom Strong

 #6: Dead Man's Hand


Writer: Alan Moore
Pencils: Chris Sprouse, Dave Gibbons
Inks: Al Gordon
Colors: Mike Garcia
Lettering: Todd Klein

Cover date: February 2000

Plot Summary:
In the room where Tom landed at the end of #5, he meets his old arch-enemy Paul Saveen. He was believed to be dead, but now he's back and together with his partners-in-crime, Ingird Weiss and the Pangean, he not only wants to defeat Tom but also to break his heart.

Another 'Untold Tale' introduces Saveen to the reader as a typical mad-scientist-character.

After that, we see Tom in a cabinet where Saveen is collecting old inventions and has put up a rogue gallery of Tom's antagonists. One of these statues suddenly descends from its socket: Ingrid Weiss is here in flesh and blood. She and Saveen present a big surprise for Tom: Albrecht, the son conceived by Ingrid Weiss and Tom Strong.


Once again, we get a nice old-fashioned 'Untold Tale', this time by guest artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). These flashback sequences continue the work Moore began in 1963 and Supreme: comments on the history of a genre, partly parody, partly homage.

The rogue gallery really makes me curious, as does the cliffhanger: is Albrecht really Tom's son?