Review: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2
Dynamo’s first day on the job as a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent leads to a disastrous encounter with the beautiful, but deadly, Iron Maiden. Guy Gilbert, consummate T.H.U.N.D.E.R. veteran, scrambles to keep the secret base from the attention of warring local clans. What lies behind The Demon’s Smile?
T.H.U.N.D.E.R.’s latest recruit is on the hunt for Iron Maiden this month in the pages of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2 by Phil Hester with art from Andrea Di Vito. Rom Fajardo handles colors and Shawn Lee provides lettering.
Len Brown has found himself in a position where he’s pretty well forced to become the latest recruit for The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves or face some serious trouble. Due to his high pain tolerance, Brown is the only man that can effectively wield the power of the thunder belt. With the other T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents captured by the villainous Iron Maiden, Brown aka Dynamo and the insect robot holding Noman’s intelligence must go to Kashmir to find them and stop the Maiden. While all of this is going on, Director Kat Kane is about to be investigated by the UN for her rogue actions that kicked off the whole Kashmir incident. Dynamo and Noman work their way to The Demon’s Smile, a cave where Iron Maiden has taken over. They will find a few friends along the way, but even more trouble. Can Dynamo survive his first day on the job? What shocking secrets are hidden within the cave?
Hester writes a good issue. There is still a lot of classic T.H.U.N.D.E.R. elements in play, and plenty of nods to the old stories, but just as much new material is introduced. If you aren’t familiar with the mythos you might be confused by some of the new character’s that arrive, but you get enough to understand what is going on. It’s a little cliché at times with an ending that is telegraphed in the earliest pages, so there isn’t a real punch when the end comes around. Di Vito’s art is great. Again, there are a lot of classic series touches, but the style is very modern and expressive. The character and background work are fantastic. Di Vito really plays up the characters emotions and depicts the shock and surprise when it’s appropriate. Fajardo’s colors really pop. They help sell the action, with the force field scene being a particular highlight.
Bottom Line: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents is a fun new introduction to some classic characters. There’s a lot to love with this series, but there are still a few things to be ironed out. A lot of characters are in play and they’re all getting their time on the page, but things are a little predictable. It seems most all of the pieces are now on the board and I think we’re in for something special. 3/5