The GeeksverseT.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5
Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011 by

Written by: Nick Spencer
Main Sequance Art by: Cafu w/ Bit
Main Sequance Colored by: Santiago Arcas
Menthor Sequance Art by: Ryan Sook
Cover Art: Francis Manapul w/ Brian Buccellato
Editor: Wil Moss

So for a book called T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, they don’t appear much. The majority of the stories have been backstories with a bit of the current assault on Spider mixed in. This issue we get a flashback that shows who is behind Spider and just how they inserted Toby into the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. organization.

The backstory is good. The idea that you can buy a terrorist organization is pretty interesting. James’ brother is a stereotypical reactionary. There is nothing unique about him. He’s a spoiled rich kid that thinks he knows what is best for the world. How he was able to come up with such a far thinking plan, inserting his younger brother into an organization and let him take 5 years, is a bit of a stretch.

The whole thing is a bit of a stretch. It’s a high concept that falls in the execution. It’s overly complicated. True, something different needs to be done to make T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents stand out from the other super team books out there, but this is not it. We know next to nothing about any of the characters and the chain of events doesn’t map out right.

Why is each member being sent in one at a time? Why does the non-powered assault team wait until the end to attack? Who plans these things? It’s laid out like steps, but that doesn’t work in a team book. The team isn’t a team, they are individuals.

Both organizations seem like they are poorly run.

Cafu’s art is solid. He gets a chance to draw some good sized panels of the various members in action. Good action shots. But it’s Sook’s work that steals it.

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

This series is overly complicated and in that complication the reader loses ability to latch onto the series.

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