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.