The sky was clear at New York Comic Con, yet T.H.U.N.D.E.R. dominated the news of the day as Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of the Batman film franchise, and producer David Uslan announced the first-ever branded super hero franchise to be backed by and developed with a major Chinese media company – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.
In the years since Superman first donned his cape and tights, literally thousands of superheroes have come and gone. Naturally, some would end up treading on familiar sartorial territory… Welcome to Ten Things!
Since the dawn of the superhero (and even before), super-abilities have been bestowed by any number of power-objects, from rings to helmets to the occasional enchanted horse. Then there are the heroes who want to make sure that their powers don’t go to “waist.” I don’t feel good about that joke… But regardless, welcome to Ten Things!
It’s always a fun and informative time when I get to chat with Phil Hester, a double-barreled comics threat since he’s both an accomplished writer and artist! Phil talks about IDW’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Image’s Invincible Universe, two team books that are keeping him busy these days. He discusses how he landed the IDW gig and also about how he works with Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker to make the latter a great monthly title! Then we delve into several changes in the comics industry, so I’m sure you’re going to want to hear what he has to say! Everything
Or – “You’ve Been… T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Struck!” Even back in the 1960s, Tower Comics wasn’t a huge player in terms of units sold or market share, but what they did have was amazing artists out the wazoo. Wally Wood, Gil Kane and cohorts made the adventures of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents visually stunning from the very first issue, and even 45 years later, that work still echoes. Now, a new generation of super-agents is ready to debut, but are they ready to deal with the repercussions of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. agency? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
There’s a comic debuting this week that I’ve been anxiously awaiting ever since I first heard about it. Phil Hester is bringing back the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents! (Can’t wait!)
Recent news of the return of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents put a smile on my face, but the announcement of Jerry Ordway’s involvement left me giddy as a schoolgirl for most of an afternoon, a good mood that wasn’t fully squashed until I got sniped on another online auction. (Bygones.) In any case, I’m unclear if this latest iteration of the Agents is a continuation of the recent DC series or a different revival of the originals, but either way, I’m on board, despite the fact that I’ve now read at LEAST six different attempts to bring the heroes back, ranging
Or – “Man, I Don’t Have ROOM For All These Last Issues Of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents!” Occasionally, I get all maudlin and pouty about the fact that some of my favorite comic series can’t keep a regular monthly title. I know that it’s a combination of factors, but I still want a monthly Agents of Atlas series, a monthly Secret Six, even a successful revamp of Archie’s Crusaders. (Fingers are still crossed on that one.) Still, even the succes of The Defenders doesn’t entire make up for having to once again bid farewell to the agents of The Higher United Nations
Or – “Inversion – Noun: A Reversal Of The Usual Or Of The Natural Order.” Any given comic book series has a status quo. A talented writer can play with that status quo and make it interesting, and even a hack can convince us that ‘everything we know is WRONG!’ But once in a while, a REALLY good writer comes along and crafts that expectation into a compelling story. This issue tweaks one key element of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents history, one established in the very first panel of the very first issue, decades ago and changes everything we know about the
Or – “This N’ That With Rusty!” Ever since the relaunch news hit, I (like many other fans) have been wondering about the status of fave-rave titles that haven’t been announced as part of the relaunch. While not as irritated as fans of Donna Troy, Cassandra Cain or the JSA, I was a bit trepidatious to see no news of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents in the new world. Thankfully, since the book isn’t part of the relaunch, it’s just going to skip big relaunch month and continue afterwards (which makes sense, as it doesn’t seem to be part of the DCU, as
Or – “In Which 45 Years Of Continuity Subtly Reappear…” Being the type of fan that I am, my major concern with T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has been where (if it all) it fits into the continuity of the older Tower Comics series, and previous continuations thereof. The first three issues have (probably wisely) focused on the new characters, but the reappearance of original agent NoMan last issue has brought us deeper into the world of T.H.U.N.D.E.R., and this issue answers most of my questions once and for all, while raising a few more troubling ones as it goes…