Reply by Rob Staeger on
I picked it up, and liked it quite a bit. But boy, Gil Kane didn't really stretch when he designed the Menthor costume, did he?
I'd say that a big part of T.H.U.N.D.E.R's charm is the simplicity and elegance of their costumes. Very 60's chic!
I've read most of my copy of DC Presents: THUNDER Agents by now and I'm loving it. Its even better in colour! I'd love to read more, but sadly, the Archives are out of my budget. Maybe they'll be produced in a cheaper format sometime? Perhaps if the current series, which follows on from the 60's comics, takes off? Although I know new superhero comics unconnected to the Big Two have a tough time building an audience.
The only problem I had with the DC Presents is that although it lists the artists and writers on the inside cover, it doesn't specify who did what. As some of them are creators I should know more about, that kind of bugged me...
Did you ever have a moment reading a comic where a frame just jumps out at you and speaks to you on some profound level? This happened to me while reading the first Dynamo story. I can't guess why...
That’s okay, though; the flashback sequences carry this series from month to month (for me), and I expect the modern story to gel when I re-read it in the future.
Looking at it's sales. It will have to hurry up. It is already below R.E.B.E.L.S. and Batman Confidential, both of which have been canceled.
I personally didn't like the "reveal" that she was their daughter. I get tired of the "It's A Small World"-universe characters seem to live in.
Oh, I can't believe I forgot to mention that the '80s flashback is drawn by Mike Grell! The '60s flashback is well done by Nick Dragota, but it was the Grell sequence that made the issue for me.
Speaking of the ‘80s Tower Comics revival, DC recently re-released it as volume seven of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents archives series with the same trade dress as the six volumes of the classic series, which makes me wonder if they’ll continue with the new series as volume eight…?
"Deluxe Comics," right. (I said "Tower.") It also reprints one additional later story (with art by Paul Gulacy) I have never read. I forget the source of that one. Were JC and Red Circle reprints or further original adventures?
The GCD lists JC Comics as having published in 1981 a B&W magazine, JCP Features, with new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. material, and a two issue T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series in 1983. (It also did a three issue reprint series.) Apparently the storylines from the latter were continued in Blue Ribbon Comics #12 from Archie (a hat tip to Wikipedia's page on JC Comics for this point; the cover at the GCD has an "Archie Adventure Series" rather than a "Red Circle" imprint).