Review: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classic: 100-Penny Press
The origins of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents’ remarkable powers are revealed in three short yet action-packed stories for only one dollar! This bargain-priced collection of stories is a must-read for comic fans that want to know more about the beginnings of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. universe!
IDW’s latest Hundred Penny Press entry is a classic T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents collection of stories. Three adventures detailing the origins of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents technological marvels, Agent Dynamo, and Agent NoMan are collected into one comic that will only cost you 1 dollar. The stories were written by Larry Ivie and Len Brown with art by Wally Wood and Reed Crandall.
The issue gives us the story behind the technological wonders that the Agents of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. (The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves) found when they tried to save the life of the brilliant Professor Jennings. They failed in their mission, but the enemy didn’t take all of the professors’ prototypes. They recovered an “electron molecular intensifier” that makes the wearer’s body as hard as steel, a cloak that can turn someone invisible, and a helmet whose capabilities they’re not aware of just yet. The second story sees the introduction of Dynamo. Leonard Brown is a square jawed desk jockey at T.H.U.N.D.E.R., but he’s the only man capable of wearing the molecular intensifier belt. After a few tests, he’s sent out into the field for his first missions. Things don’t go exactly to plan though. The final adventure introduces us to an old, dying, but brilliant scientist who transfers his consciousness into a robot. The scientist takes on the moniker of NoMan and becomes one of T.H.U.N.D.E.R.’s most valuable agents. He is given the invisibility cloak. When he goes on his first mission, he’s slightly more successful than Dynamo but he finds out the robbery he prevented may be part of a much larger plan.
The issue is a fantastic entry from the Silver Age. It’s all clearly defined good guys fighting clearly defined bad guys with the good guys coming out on top in the end. This is a great bit of supplement material if you’re enjoying the new ongoing T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series from IDW as well. This is a reprint from the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics Vol. 1, so if you bought that a few months ago you’re covered. If you didn’t, there’s no reason to pass this one up. It’s a great story and it’s only $1.