Review: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8
The battle between S.P.I.D.E.R. and .T.H.U.N.D.E.R. comes to an unforgettable climax. Friends become foes! Foes become friends! As the mysterious Menthor makes his move, the fate of humanity itself rests on the shoulders of a now-powerless Dynamo!
The battle comes to an end this month in the pages of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8. The story of The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves’ top agents is written by Phil Hester with art by Roger Robinson. Esther Sanz handles colors with Chris Mowry tackling lettering. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. has been building and building for a few months, but is the big finale where everything lets loose with a giant boom?
Dynamo was sent on a mission to bust up some rampaging dinosaur robots in Manhattan when everything spiraled out of control. After being captured, the agents of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. were dispatched to the South American nation of Zaffina to track down their comrade. It was revealed that a 12-year old boy, influenced by Dr. Jennings who apparently was alive and now evil, was in control of the dinos. Dr. Jennings managed to escape and began his long-planned attack on T.H.U.N.D.E.R. headquarters. Dynamo, NoMan, Dynamite, Director Kane and the rest of the team have to face off against Iron Maiden, Dr. Jennings, a rogue T.H.U.N.D.E.R. agent and the forces of S.P.I.D.E.R. for the fate of not only T.H.U.N.D.E.R., but the entire world. Will Dr. Jennings be able to activate the second tower of power that Kane has been studying for so long? Will T.H.U.N.D.E.R. be able to triumph? Even if they do, what price will they have to pay?
Hester writes a fantastic issue that manages to pull everything together and really bring everything full circle in every sense of the term. Some issues have felt more important than others, but Hester manages to surprise you when he flips over all the cards and shows who has played major roles in things and what people’s true goals were. It’s an action-packed issue that mixes equal measure real shock, humor, and emotion. Robinson’s art is top notch. The artist has a fantastic eye for all the action and serves up some movie quality visuals that really push the boundaries of the pages and panels. You can tell Robinson had a lot of fun when everyone is using their respective powers and abilities, and that rubs off on the reader. The page where Dynamo throws himself into the fray with the final battle is a particularly striking image. Sanz’s colors are bright and vibrant, really shining when it comes to the more simplistic but dynamic backgrounds. The aforementioned panel with Dynamo springing into action is a great example of the details that went into both Robinson and Sanz’s work.
Bottom Line: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents goes out with a real bang. Hester and company were working the long game, but it really pays off fantastically in the end. While the last page says “The End,” hopefully we haven’t seen the last of The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves. 4.5/5
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