A Comic That Can’t Come Back Soon Enough: THUNDER Agents

scanned cover to T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3

Whatever happened to THUNDER Agents?

DC has an annoying habit of remaining tight-lipped when it comes to details about upcoming comics.  The last page of every DC issue is usually devoted to short announcements from Dan Didio (DC’s editor in chief), who insists on putting out gnomic little clues for fans, along the lines of ‘such-and-such event will shake up the DCU forever,’ or something along those lines.  The DC website offers similar scanty details.  While this does keep fanboys and nerdlingers held in suspense, it also creates difficulty when it comes to keeping track of new releases.

For example, I’ve read online that Batman Incorporated will be coming back, and with Morrison attached to the project, but when?  It’s also rumored James Robinson will be writing a series about The Shade, but there’s not much out there to support this.  My biggest question is, when will T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents come back?

For me, the most upsetting losses this month are Xombi and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.  Doom Patrol’s also M.I.A., but I think in recent years that comic hasn’t been as good as it could be.  The Justice Society of America’s nowhere to be seen, but I can’t imagine that they’ll stay gone.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents isn’t a very well-known series, but it has a small devoted fanbase.  For an example of this, check out the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents fansite.  Prior to its appearance in DC last year, I hadn’t heard of it, but it turns out it’s been around for decades, passed around at different publishing houses until DC recently acquired it.

DC’s series was awesome.  It had rising star Nick Spencer writing each issue and the highly stylized artist Cafu drawing it.  Not only that, but it had a nifty usage of flashbacks throughout the series that were drawn by different artists.  You could expect the issues to transition from the present back to the 70s, creating a historical perspective to the comic that you normally wouldn’t find outside of Watchmen or Astro City.

While T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents didn’t have huge sales, it did win over the critics.  I think for this reason alone DC will be bringing it back, hopefully with Nick Spencer and Cafu attached.  My theory as to it’s disappearance would be that Nick Spencer might have too much on his plate.  According to wikipedia, he will continue writing Iron Man 2.0 for DC as well as take over Secret Avengers and play a role in the relaunch of the Marvel Ultimate universe.  For Marvel fans, this is a big boon, but for others, it means we might just have to wait a while for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

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