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We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents #8

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:27 am

alaska1125 wrote:
Indeed. I'm encouraged by news that this will continue into the NuDC.

(I do have to give a shout out to Vinnie B. as he put this book up as a "try it, and if you hate it, I'll refund it" book. I was skeptical, he was right.)


I even offered to send people 1-6 to get them on board and they just said no thanks. :smt011

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Rockman » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:05 pm

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This is the first time I've spent more than ten minutes on the internet in like four days. I had no time to check what the pick is and I have zero time to go back to the store no that I know what it is, sorry.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:52 pm

Rockman wrote:
This is the first time I've spent more than ten minutes on the internet in like four days. I had no time to check what the pick is and I have zero time to go back to the store no that I know what it is, sorry.


Pushing one button to search your post history proves that to be utter bullshit, you know.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Starlord » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:17 pm

Seriously, this has been it?!?!?! You guys are missing the most impressive book we've read in a loooooooong time!
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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby alaska1125 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:40 pm

Starlord wrote:Seriously, this has been it?!?!?! You guys are missing the most impressive book we've read in a loooooooong time!


Yep, sadly all too true. And I'm guessing it gets a chance at six to twelve more issues in the DCnU. But since Spencer is still steering the ship, I'll continue to enjoy what I get.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby BlueStreak » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:54 am

Next week's pick is Jonah Hex as picked by Stephen Day.
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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby BlueStreak » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:30 am

As for my review of THUNDER Agents....

I'll be honest. THUNDER Agents was the only Nick Spencer book that I hadn't read until today. I somehow missed out on the first couple of issues and decided that it'd be simpler to pick the book up in trade form.

However, before even opening up the book, my expectations were pretty high. This is a book that Nick Spencer fought for when negotiating an exclusive contract. This remains one of the few in-continuity books I've seen written by a writer for another company. Also, it's received high praise because of Spencer's writing, something that has been called into question in the recent past by members of this very group. Even I needed to be reminded that Spencer was capable of reading enjoyable in-continuity superhero books.

THUNDER Agents #8 lived up to the hype. Excellent writing, decent art and a plot that's easy enough to follow despite not knowing who any of the characters were. In ways, this series reminded me of Geoff Johns' first run on JSA, a book which drove me to pick up the backissues and learn more about the characters.

The plot focuses on a daughter's search for her mother, the Iron Maiden. Over the course of the issue, we learn that the Iron Maiden is a notorious killer with thousands of death under her belt. She also has a history with the THUNDER Agents, as revealed in the backup feature. In fact, the Iron Maiden ended up marrying one of the original THUNDER Agents, leading to all sorts of trouble.

The only issue that I had with the book is that Spencer had to cut small corners in order to fit his plot points in 20 pages. For one thing, I never caught the daughter's name as it's not mentioned once in the book. However, that's easily remedied by simply picking up the backissues.

Is this an excellent comic book? Yes. For all those who moan and complain about the crappy books we read and delight in tanking books in this group, pick this one up and read it.


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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Punchy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:43 am

BlueStreak, Colleen's name is mentioned in the issue.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Victorian Squid » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:43 am

BTW, doesn't it seem like DC sent the solicit for next issue a month early? :?

Written by NICK SPENCER • Art by CAFU and BIT; Cover by FIONA STAPLES

The Iron Maiden attacks the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents' headquarters, determined to take control of their supercomputer called Daniel. How much of life is fate and how much chance? Daniel may have the answers, and Iron Maiden is willing to kill anyone to learn them. That won't stop the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, though – being willing to die is literally part of the gig!
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Even the artists are wrong, not to mention the plot synopsis.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby BlueStreak » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:47 am

Punchy wrote:BlueStreak, Colleen's name is mentioned in the issue.


Oh! I see it now (I never made the connection there).

Once again, I don't think this is Spencer's fault. He's got 14 pages to do a lot and he succeeds for the most part.
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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby thefourthman » Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:48 pm

We don't carry this on the shelf at the closing store so I guess I won't participate this week. Maybe I can knock out a couple of ones I missed this week though.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:52 pm

Starlord wrote:Seriously, this has been it?!?!?! You guys are missing the most impressive book we've read in a loooooooong time!


I'll get to it soon. I started reading the issue on Wednesday, but then my meeting started so I had to put it down. :oops: I haven't had a chance to read anything since then.

Those first few pages I read were pretty good, though.
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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby guitarsmashley » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:34 am

so, I'm not really sure how to approach this. I can see that everyone loves this book and I started out liking it but the 80's story took me out of everything and made it all just kind of well, it sloped down. sloped badly and I stopped caring and stopped wanting to read the book, I didn't even bother with the other story.

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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:42 am

I had trouble locating this today. :(
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Re: We hate comics (Review Group) Week #281: THUNDER Agents

Postby Starlord » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:09 pm

I'm ashamed of all of you! All of YOU!!!!!
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