Heeeeeelllooooo @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community, and welcome to Week 9 of the Obscure Book Club! This week we’ll be focusing on…
TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM!!!
Age Suggestion: 15+
Number of Issues: 6
WARNING: In this series, there will be several things that could be found offensive to some people. In the series, characters are met with homophobia, anti-semitism, and praise of the Holocaust. If you are not comfortable reading this series, please don’t.
Description taken from dccomics.com: As Tom Strong and his family prepare to celebrate a wedding, the unthinkable happens: Before their eyes, reality alters to become a world conquered by Nazis and ruled by Tom’s nefarious son, Albrecht.What mysterious secret from Tom’s past has brought about this catastrophe? To overthrow Albrecht and restore the world he knew, Tom must find a way to journey back in time and seek help from the only man he can trust: himself. But will even two Tom Strongs be enough to stop the Robots of Doom?
With that out of the way, let’s get straight into the questions:
- Why do you think Peter Hogan (the writer of this series) decided to keep part of the dialogue in German, when they already translated the rest to English?
- Tom Strong and Ingrid clearly hate each other’s beliefs and actions, so why do you think Ingrid is so deeply infatuated with Tom Strong?
- Do you think Albrecht Weiss genuinely cares about Tom Strong, or do you think he’s just trying to gain Tom Strong’s trust/allegiance? Explain.
- Back when we read Terra Obscura, there were several references to Tom Strange (Tom Strong’s doppelganger), and Tom Strong’s/Strange’s Hypersaucer. Do you prefer Tom Strong, as we see him in the current series, or Tom Strange, as we saw him in Terra Obscura?
- Obviously, this series has several mentions of anti-semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other disturbing discrimitorial phobias that are frowned upon nowadays. Considering how recently this story came out (back in 2010), do you think it was okay for the writers and illustrators to put such harmful things in the story? Explain.
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