The GeeksverseT.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2
Published on Thursday, December 9, 2010 by

Published by DC Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer
Penciled by: Cafu (main story); Chriscross (Lightning story)
Inked by: Big (main story)
Colored by: Santiago Arcas (main story); Brad Anderson (Lightning story)
Lettered by: Swands
Editor: Wil Moss
Editorial Consultant: David M. Matthews
Cover: Gary Frank w/ Anderson

This issue is two tales woven together. The first is about Collen and Toby talking about a new recruit for the program and leading the rescue mission to get Raven back from Spider. The second is about Lightning’s (the new recruits) past and his story.

Lightning is a Kenyan. A runner. We learn about his past and get an idea of how he came to join the program. He’s accused of doping, and swears he didn’t. The implication is that the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. program falsified the records in order to get him in a position where they could recruit him. We don’t get much of his personality except that he loves to run. Thats it. He was offered a chance to run again, even knowing it would take years off his life, and he took it.

The Lightning part is better then the other. The main story jumps in time, from the present to the past and back again. We see Colleen and Toby leaving an airport seperately, with Toby going to recruit the new Lightning. We see them both fall asleep at different hotels. We then see Toby arrive at the track where Lightning is. We then see Colleen leading the mission.

Where did she go? What was the point of showing her at the hotel? How long ago was that? The flow of this story is odd. It’s hard to follow and the last part doesn’t make much sense. Prior to the start of the mission it felt like Toby was off to recruit Lightning well Colleen was leading the mission, but they both end up together with the new Lightning.

Aside from the flow, the issue is decent. The best part is the explanation of how the Lightning suit works and the other effects of it besides running fast. The suit is able to run fast by manipulating time, but this means the wearer sees the future. That the futures are only of the many ways the person can die is a bit odd though. That seems a bit morbid just for the heck of it. Why not other possible futures? An explanation beyond “cause it’s a cool storytelling device” is needed, I think, to explain why just possible deaths are glimpsed.

It does work as a storytelling device though as in this case, for a man that just loves to run, what he sees causes him to stop running.

This doesn’t feel like a team book so much as it feels like Spencer doing character moments. We haven’t even really seen/heard from any of the team (besides Lightning in this issue) as the spotlight as been on Colleen and Toby. So far there hasn’t been anything that has really grabbed me. Spencer doesn’t seem to be focusing on the characters who are choosing to give up part sof their life for the “greater good”. It seems an odd way to set the book up and not really sure I’m going to enjoy it.

Cafu’s art is excellant, the little of it in this issue, as it’s mostly Chrisscross’s Lightning story. Chrisscross produces good work with differing layouts and focusing on different aspects of the pages.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2 receives
3.5 out of 5

It’s decent, but it just doesn’t feel like a team book.

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