The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super Heroes -Greatest British Super Hero Graphic Novel Ever?




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Terry Hooper Scharf
Black & white
331 pages




Price: £15.00





New and updated-




It begins slowly with Earth’s heroes going about their daily tasks –fighting a giant robot controlled by a mad scientist’s brain , attackers both human and mystical -even alien high priests of some mysterious cult and their zombie followers and, of course, a ghost and a young genius lost in time. 


Pretty mundane. But there is a huge alien Mother-ship near the Moon and strange orange spheres chase some of Earth’s heroes who vanish into thin air –are they dead? 


Then black, impenetrable domes cover cities world-wide. Alien invasion of Earth! 


A war between the Dark Old Gods and the pantheons that followed! Warriors from Earth’s past having to battle each day and whether they die or not they are back the next day! 


And no one suspects the driving force behind the events that could cause destruction and chaos throughout the multiverse —assaulted on all fronts can Earth’s defenders succeed or will they fail…is this truly the end? 


The Black Tower hit of 2012 expanded to 318 pages from 196!




Here’s what they say:


“A masterpiece of iconic superhero story telling – just the right balance of action, tongue in cheek humour, farce, and humanity. What comics need – a story with a heart and a soul – is what Return of the Gods is.  A grand tale spanning millenia and a

dozen or more different story lines involving gods, monsters, aliens and heroes… somehow manages to keep a human perspective and deliver the goods !

“Comics as they used to be – stories as they should be. My best praise – it’s a jolly good read.”

Steve Spencer Comic Town:

“Remember Zenith in 2000 AD? I thought it would never be replaced as a great piece of British super hero storytelling.  It has now. I’ve read through this three times and still say “F***!” out loud after every read.”

Pete2001 Attitude Comics:

“I looked at the cover. I thought “Someone else wants to be Alan Moore and thinks his shit is better”.  I take it all back.  If Alan Moore was writing stuff like this I’d be buying it!  Hoopers been around three decades or so and I’ve not been impressed by most of his stuff.  Where the —— was he hiding this??? “

Santiago Ruiz Tales From The Kryptonian (Germany/Spain):

Terry Hooper has heroes from India, China, Russia, America, England, Africa, heck, every part of the world. And he seems to create them effortlessly, which for me has always been the sign of true genius. Like we would say in Spain : Chupate esto (suck this), DC NEW 52.  He manages to evoke the feeling of Silver Age heroes whose roots lie more in the pulp genre like the great classics without resorting to silly stereotypes or parody. The art reminds me of the comics from the Golden Age which sometimes were drawn a bit crude  but still had a lot of energy and excitement. Which is one of the reasons why I´m recommending this book : excitement. When was the last time you read a comic that was exciting and all over the place and pure fun ?

Downthetubes (UK):

“Black Tower’s Return of the Gods proves an Unexpected Hit!”

Paul Birch Birmingham Mail “Speech Balloons”

“Written and drawn by Terry Hooper-Scharf and published by British independent Black Tower Comics, this tome features strips originally published over a decade ago in the small press comics Black Tower Adventure # 1-6 now revised to tell a singular epic tale!”




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