T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 Review

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 Review
“The Judgment Tower, Part 1: The Taking of Field Station 123”

Writer: Phil Hester
Art: Andrea Di Vito
Colors: Rom Jajardo
Letters: Chris Mowry & Shawn Lee
Covers: Andrea Di Vito

Review by Scott Keys

This is the premiere issue of the THUNDER Agents from IDW, and a great jumping on point for anyone wanting to try out the storied team. This issue, of course, is a modernization of the original ‘60s run from the late, great Wally Wood, and I think that Hester and Di Vito do a fine job of updating this classic team.

Now, I’ll start off by saying I was a fan of Nick Spencer’s run over at DC, but it seemed bogged down by unseen forces, and never really gelled. Conversely, this first issue from IDW seemed fresh and new. Hester starts us off with the death of 2 members of the team. Yeah, that happened! Then we get to know the man that eventually becomes Dynamo, Leonard Brown. I’m a sucker for the conflicted, anti-hero type character that has some skeletons in the closet. I really enjoyed Hester’s script and dialogue, especially the “sting” scene. Wonderfully written first issue!

Di Vito’s clean lines and dynamic style are a great match for this book. Even though it is a modern book, Di Vito’s style definitely harkens back to the heyday of the THUNDER Agents. I, for one, can’t wait to see Di Vito draw the rest of the team once they are assembled.

My expectations were pretty high coming in to this book, and Hester and Di Vito quelled any bad feelings I had. I think we’re in for a action-packed adventure with Di Vito on the art and Hester at the helm!

Art: 4 / 5
Story: 4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

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