Penciled By: Cafu, Mike Grell, Nick Dragotta
Inked By: Bit
Coloring By: Santiago Arcas, Val Staples, Lee Loughridge
Lettering By: Patrick Brosseau
Edited By: Will Moss
Cover By: Fiona Staples
A red headed woman is enjoying a nice time at home with her baby, listening to her favorite tunes on the radio. And in the awesome “Kill Bill” style, we learn that this woman is no mere stay-at-home-mom. Hold onto your asses everyone because you’re about to dive head first into a flashback sequence that will keep you gripping for more
My Awe Inspiring Opinion
When one states they are going to kill their mother, it’s usually rhetorical right? In issue #7 of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents we are given a fantastic history lesson consisting of very little dialog and a lot of amazing artistic representations the Golden and silver age of comics, presenting two separate storylines that connect in strange ways.
The team has been established, which means a new disaster needs to occur so the agents can have something to do right? Typically, comics go straight into the drama and action cold turkey, But #7 started us off nice and slow with a flashback sequence that knocked my socks off. Spencer decided to give readers some time to lean about the villain before pumping through the upcoming story arc involving Iron Maiden and Dynamo. For someone who knows nothing about the Tower Comic’s original series, it’s nice to have something to go off of and not “learn as I go.”
The book is separated into two sections, a main one presenting many mysteries and questions that will no doubt be answered within the next five issues, and a secondary one to help understand the relationship and sexual tension Iron Maiden and Dynamo secretly shared. Both segments are fantastic and fun. I can only assume that the main sequence is from a 60’s vantage point while the secondary storyline comes from an 80’s influence…and I ate them both up!
The main 60’s sequence presents a very sketched out look, paying homage to the classic “pin-up girl gone bad” motif and the stereotypical plastered smile that seems to plague the women of that era. And while I love this segment to death, the shorter 80‘s segment blew me away both artistically and story wise. Mike Grell and Val Staples perfectly execute that Flash Gordon, space age look, giving the women the those sharp eyebrows and luscious lips, and the men carrying all the burden of grit and rough-edged manlihood. To top it all off, Nick Spencer shows he’s no stranger to corny and hilarious dialog and made me chuckle more than once. I’m certainly excited to see what issue #8 brings us next month!
Nick Spencer, while it doesn’t show so much in this issue with the lack of dialog, writes out a magically wonderful tribute to vintage comics and how it influences the modern-age. This issue has certainly got me excite for the upcoming issues of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents in the next few months.
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
There are those who get frustrated by a comic that decreases the level of dialog for the sake of having great art. Personally I don’t mind it provided that the art is stellar, which it is. The fact that Colleen gets no more than two pages worth of stage times didn’t bother me as more will develop in the coming issues. But no doubt, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has become one of my favorite comic book series, right after Secret Six.
10 out of 10 stars
+ 2 incentive points.