Either brainiac or lobo. But only Brainiac seems likely.
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@shallbecomeabattoo: well to be sure, Tom Strong does have a lot of shorts that aren't a part of any larger story and as the story goes on the dialogue becomes very.... wordy in that Alan Moore way. for me the best part of TS is how much Alan incorporates the history of the comic industry into the story while creating enough "original" content that could tie into the other ABC books. SPOILERS: in issue #7 Ingrid Weiss, the Nazi villainess from the 40s (introduced somewhere around # 3?) returns with HUGE secrets that prove to haunt the Strong family in more ways than one. the first secret is Albrecht, Tom's Son!
There are a lot of shorts (peppered throughout the series really) from #6 to #11, where the story picks up again as several Golden Age heroes, including Doc Strange and The Terror, team up with the Strong family to fight an enemy that destroyed "America's Best" (America's first science hero team of which Tom and Johnny Future were members of). A lot of new villains and heroes are introduced and they play a much bigger role through the series than suspected - especially Paul Saveen, Tom's oldest and greatest arch nemesis. Throughout the story Tom travels through different realities, which are all revisted several times but the best one is the one-shot "The Many Worlds of Tesla Strong" where his daughter Tesla travels through these realities to save her world and the other worlds.
By #15-20, Tesla has nearly stolen the show as she discovers an ancient civilization (and love!), the Strong family team up with a Russian superheroine/astronaut (and her husband, Dimitri) and a 3-eyed cowboy to fight against an alien invasion and meet a time traveller that shows Tom an alternate version of his own story - a story where his father dies in the journey to Attabar Teru. This story arc is my favorite of all of them. The stories take even more left turns, and the story arcs become longer each time until finally, the last episode where everything is explained, all the ABC characters are together and the world... ends? It was kind of confusing but then i realized that it was tied into something that happens in Promethea, which I didn't read at this point!
After that, the next time we see the Strong family is in The Robots of Doom miniseries, in which Albrecht, now an adult and Ingrid, bustier than ever (lol) are plotting to change history in their favor just as Tesla is getting married!
You could read Tom's Strong's Terrific Tales but you don't have to as it's just more oneshots detailing Tom's early life on Attabar Teru (which nicely explains and references Tom's main book story). However! Each issue contained the story of another character from ABC: Jonni Future. I honestly think they should have published her stories separately and made more of them. I read TT just for her and Art Adams' breathtaking artwork! Plus, Bruce Timm does one issue and there's an awesomely adorable children's poem in another episode.
so there you have it! try some out and let me know what you think!
@shallbecomeabattoo: Tom Strong is one of my favorite comics of all time, and Jack B Quick from ABC was too but I can understand why someone would find it all a bit disjointed. I think that was the point of those... Anyway V for Vendetta is obviously his best. I wonder if I would like Top 10 because I hated Promethea.
Anyways. I think it's many flavours of insane to suggest that any terrible person in history would "stick to his path" no matter what. Nobody is born evil in the real world.
I am sorry but some people are born evil. Now we can argue that how they are raised may change the degree of evil but they will still be at their core evil. Let's get a bit more specific because the word "evil" really is too vague. Evil can often simply mean an opposing will or side in a conflict but when we talk about pure evil we are talking about a sociopath. A person that does not recognize other people as having value, worth and are in capable of empathy for other people. A true sociopath is going to be evil no matter how they are raised because they simply lack the ability to feel other people's emotions.
People are not blank slates. The idea of the baby being innocent is a Christian concept and one that generally serves us well in law and government but in reality is not really true. We can turn the dial up or down but at the end of the day, the song remains the same.
I do agree with you though the "Hitler" baby scenario has a lot more effective solutions than just killing him. That is largely due to the fact as an ordinary person he only had power through other people. The main reason killing Hitler would be a waste of time is not because it would be immoral but that it would not have the desired effect. We overrate the importance of the individual because of own Western framework. Hitler was able to come to power because circumstance of political and economic realities that would still exist if you remove him. The person that would fill is role might not have taken it to the degree of "the final solution" but it would still have likely led to war and something similar.
Let's look at evil on a smaller scale. Rush Limbaugh is a sociopath that doesn't mind making money off the misery of others. If he were to have a stroke and die tomorrow it would not end the thirst that a section of society needs for racist, homophobic and sexist demagoguery. Another "entertainer" would fill that niche just as Rush did as he replaced Morton Downey Jr. after his fall from popularity. The existence of that one person would not change the ugly underbelly of hate in our country. The forces that give people like a megaphone are much larger than any one person. Which actually makes the probably much scarier and problematic than a single villain.
Going back to Apocalypse, the case is very different from Hitler because his power comes from the fact that he is not an ordinary human. So now we have an evil seed with immense individual power. If you combine a sociopath with that much power they would be a threat no matter what and killing them would be the only sane option. Of course in this case, our hero makes the completely inconsistent decision to clone the child and simply repeat history.
The idea that it is wrong for heroes to kill is one that exists only in comic books. It is the one feature that no matter how well a super hero comic is written ultimately stunts the art form because it keeps the morality of the story stuck in childhood.