The GeeksverseT.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1
Published on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by

Published by DC Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer
Penciled by:: Cafu
Inked by: Bit
Colored by: Santiago Areas
Lettered by: Swands
Editorial Consultant: David M. Matthews
Editor: Wil Moss
Cover: A- Frank Quitely w/ Val Staples; B- Darwyn Cooke

An interesting start to a revitialized concept.

The issue is a good read except it seems overly complex and complicated, more then it needs to. It jumps around in time, from 12 months ago to 11 months ago and never hits the present. The first 2 pages fall in between the 12 and 11 spacing.

There’s no time spent on any of the Agents themselves, or even much explanation about the program. It hits the ground running with a very complicated plot by the organization Spider. An Agent, Raven, has been kidnapped and a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. team is sent in to rescue him. The leader of the team, Lyle, was impersonating a Spider Agent. Except it turns out that that Lyle was really the Spider Agent he was impersonating.

So The Spider Agent, Price, was really Lyle. But Lyle was really Price.

Confused?

Yeah, thats about what happens in this issue. We’re introduced to a salesman, the guy that delivers the pitch to be an Agent to the prospective people, who are chosen by a super computer that can answer any question.

If the computer is that good, then why couldn’t it have figured out the Spider trap.

What makes it overly complex is that Spider kidnapped Raven. Thunder rescues Raven from Spider only to have Spider kidnap him back. They wanted to see what Thunder would do to get him back. So what was the point of actually having their triple agent actually rescue him and blow the undercover identity?

Just too complex. Unnecessarily so. The rest of it seems fairly haphazard and random. Why is Colleen eating dinner at the Sri Lanka embassy that is being attacked by protestors and why is she telling some unknown woman this? Who was it that Colleen ran out of the control room to yell at and why? If the salesman, Toby, works for Thunder, why didn’t he know about Daniel, the supercomputer, and the program?

But the thing is, Nick Spencer writes a good book. Normally an unnecessarily complex plot like this would be bogged down and not be a good read. This is a good read though. Spencer has a knack for hiding the problems that his stories have (similar to Morning Glories) and providing an entertaining story that keeps you interesting and not caring about the issues.

Would this have been better without the overly complex plot? Probably. Will the plot make sense? Who knows. But for a first issue there isn’t much seen of the stars of the book.

Cafu’s art reminds me strongly of Howard Porters, especially his people. There’s also some Jim Califiore in there as well. Except Cafu is softer then either of those. Porters work is stiff, Cafu’s is not. Except in some instances where the Porter-influence really stands out, mostly with Colleen. The same with the instances where Califiore’s influence can be seen in the faces, especially in the first Dynamo.

Cafu’s storytelling is strong. He’s got some nice layouts and his panels flow smoothly without any jumps in the action. He’s got some nice shots and angles and pacing.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 receives
4 out of 5

For all it’s faults it’s still a good read.

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