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Friday, March 10, 2006

The Friday Briefing -- I won't get to the comics shop before Saturday afternoon at the earliest, but thanks to what Internet Hipsters lovingly refer to as "The Favoured Store," I've already read the final issue of Tom Strong -- and it's a great farewell to the series, the character, and the ABC Universe.

Jog has a (warning, SPOILERS!) terrific look at the final Tom Strong issue (and the final Tomorrow Storeies as well), and it's nice to see he was as surprised by Moore's big revelation about Tom and a certain other character in the book as I was. Moore always manages to make surprises like this seem obvious in retrospect, one of the great charms and delights of his work and an element that runs through most of his best efforts, from Swamp Thing to Marvelman and beyond. I'm going to miss Moore's joyous, fantastic ABC efforts; and like Jog, I am thankful that they're in print and available for new readers to immerse themselves in. Top Ten, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and more, if Alan Moore wrote it and ABC released it, chances are you've got some great (and I think undervalued by most readers) comics right there waiting for you.

In other news, James Sime sends a timely reminder that he has posted a preview of Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3 on the Isotope Comics site. Check that out.

And by the time most of you read this, Chris Allen's newest BREAKDOWNS column should be up on the main page of Comic Book Galaxy. Among the books he covers this week is Late Bloomer, a wonderful hardcover offering from Carol Tyler, published by Fantagraphics. Please check 'em out, the column and the book both.

Newly stocked up on antibiotics and painkillers to deal with my current dental dysfunction, I need to take a shower and get to work. So have a great Friday, have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you back here soon.

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