DC NATION: Wil Moss on T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
Wil Moss here, editor of the new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS comic. Now, I know there are a lot of great DC titles right now competing for your dollar, so why should you check out next week’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #1? Lemme give you some reasons…
• It’s got a terrific hook. Would you rather burn out or fade away? That’s the question at the heart of this series. People at the end of their rope are offered a chance to become super-heroes, but the powers they’re offered will end up killing them. The concept’s been explored before, sure, but this series offers a unique take on it, and the concept actually comes from the original T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS comic anyway. Which brings me to my next reason …
• It celebrates the past while living fully in the present. You don’t need to know a thing about the original T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS comic -- created in the 1960s by the legendary Wally Wood -- to enjoy this new version. This is a new cast and a clean entrance to the concept. But if you’re a fan of the old series, know that this book actually takes place in the same continuity as the original! (And if you’re curious about the classic material, check out the DC COMICS PRESENTS: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #1 reprint edition next month!)
• It’s written by the ingenious Nick Spencer. You know him from the JIMMY OLSEN co-feature and seemingly about a million other projects (including a no-nonsense run on SUPERGIRL that starts in January!). Now’s your chance to see him flex a completely different set of muscles in this world of espionage, morally gray conflicts, twists, and, of course, superpowers. You’ll be shocked by the stuff Nick has planned for this book!
• It’s drawn by one of the industry’s best-kept secrets, CAFU. As you can see from the art on this page, CAFU is an extremely talented up-and-comer, one who is just as comfortable drawing quiet moments of treachery and duplicity as he is drawing bombastic moments of action and mayhem. Mark my words, this guy’s gonna be a star -- get in on the ground floor here!
• It’s got an all-star lineup of cover artists and guest interior artists. #1 sports a cover by Frank Quitely and a variant by Darwyn Cooke (featuring the classic team!), #2 has a cover by Gary Frank and a sequence illustrated by ChrisCross, #3’s got a cover by Chris Sprouse and a sequence by Howard Chaykin, and I’m not even gonna tell you which stellar artist has agreed to close out the first arc with #6, or the name of the amazingly gifted artist who just agreed to do the covers for #7-12 -- an editor’s got to have his secrets!
• It’s is the first great comic of 2011. And you get to read it two months early!
Still not sold? Then check out a free 10-page preview available now via the DC Comics App or through Comixology.com and see for yourself what an amazing book this is gonna be!
In the meantime, I’ll go back to trying to memorize what T.H.U.N.D.E.R. stands for …