So, the thing about T.H.U.N,D.E.R. Agents?  Other than being impossible to spell, they’re a combination of cool spy tropes and cool super-powers, allowing for both the James Bond and Bruce Wayne portions of the trope spectrum.  Last seen in 2015, the team has never really been a smash hit, even though interest in revivals always seems to start high.  I don’t know WHY they’re not a success, but I know they can’t be the only example, leading to today’s inexplicable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wishes someone could successfully market a comic with some sort of team of future teens, maybe a Legion of ’em, who fight evil and don’t get eaten by aliens or routinely murdered for shock value, asking: Which never-quite successful property can you least believe was never a success?

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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6 Comments

  1. March 10, 2017 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Although it’s close to the group you actually mentioned, I kind of liked the concept of L.E.G.I.O.N. ties to the future (filling in history or backgrounds of the future) and a connection to DC current space opera.

  2. March 10, 2017 at 11:41 am — Reply

    Also several of the Defiant Comics label. Some interesting ideas there

    • March 11, 2017 at 11:28 am — Reply

      I remember enjoying “Warriors of Plasm” and the only other person I knew that liked it was the owner of the comic shop (he actually quit ordering it before the series ended, but picked up copies for both of us at another shop for the last 4 or 5 issues).

      Always hoped that story would be adapted to a film or something, it had some really cool sci-fi/fantasy elements.

  3. Jonathan B Canuck
    March 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    Agents of Atlas: It had a talking gorilla and a killer robot!

  4. March 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    Justice Machine! Interesting blend of characters, mostly well written, lost in the direct market doldrums.

  5. March 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Conceptually I like Youngblood. Unfortunatelly it’s schedule was always such a trainwreck I never knew what was happening when the next issue came out.

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