I really want this comic to do well. It holds that throwback style which shows an appreciation for the original Agents. I have noticed that although the throwback is cool, it doesn’t allow for anything futuristic. The comic reads like an old comic. I liked it at first, but somehow Andrea Di Vito needs to create more. I don’t mind if the comic looks old school, but bring it up to date a tad for us readers wanted something more. I really think the whole series needs a makeover. It should have been very futuristic and filled with all sorts of gadgets. Instead all the readers see is are these corny characters. So there isn’t much to do about that now, but I think some things could use an upgrade. We jump right into Agent Noman being held by Iron Maiden, well more like her guards. And in any typical fortress, most guards are lazy bums. These two dingleberries see a wasp fly in their room. Anyone can see that this wasp is clearly part of Noman’s plan. Instead the two men let the insect climb into Noman’s neck. We then are lead to Dynamo and Lightning. I like these two guys. I think Dynamo is a strong lead and very relatable dude. Lightning seems to be pretty easy going, so both men make a great pair. Finally, we see Agent Dynamite take down some of Maiden’s men. All three of them have some real good traits that a good team needs.
Although I like all the characters, it is hard for me to see them as a team though. I mean they really haven’t done anything as a full team yet, so it should be understandable. Why couldn’t we have seen the boys playing the human knot game, or knock out before all this happen. But seriously, it all seems too rushed. Dynamo was rushed into the agency, rushed into the field, and rushed to play team captain. I would hate for the comic to feel like a ball of rush.
The story that does interest me here is Kat’s. She again has a quick flashback of her working up the Thunder pole. I think her story alone could be incorporating more in order to hold the reader. I want to know more about her and Maiden’s relationship, as well as, the history behind some key events. Maiden is our main villain, so maybe she could start having some flashbacks as well. Some that link to Kat’s in order to bring it all together.
All in all, I haven’t given up on Thunder yet. There are definitely some things I like about it. The rich characters are there, but the tone of the whole comic needs some revamping. I hope that maybe it will happen slowly and this is still only the set-up of the comic. If that is the case then I am all for these new Agents.
Writer: Phil Hester Artist: Andrea Di Vito Publisher: IDW Publishing Price: $3.99 Release Date: 10/23/13