DC Announces T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS Ongoing by Nick Spencer + Cafu

With less than a week to go before the San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics continues to show the comics world just how busy they've been, lining up tons of new titles and creative teams. And today is no different.

This morning we rolled into the iFanboy Offices to find that DC had announced on their blog a new ongoing series, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, launching in November.  The creative team has been announced as well: writer Nick Spencer and artist Cafu will be leading the charge, along with a first issue cover by Frank Quitely (right).  Not a bad way to kick off a new series.

Editor of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Wil Moss had this to say to say about the project:

"The new series casts the team as a covert special ops force dealing with global threats the rest of the DCU don't even know exist — all the while struggling with their own choices to become agents and the tortured pasts they're running from. With character-first storytelling and threats exploding from real-world headlines, this relaunch of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS will offer something new, different, and daring for both today's broader comics audience and fans of the original team.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS will prove that there are still fresh new ways to approach the superhero team concept nd it will provide a platform to show off two very talented new creators — the writer, Nick Spencer, and the artist, CAFU."

Earlier this year over cocktails at C2E2 in Chicago, I remember talking to someone about Nick Spencer. After his impressive work on Existence 2.0/3.0, Shuddertown, Forgetless (which I made a Pick of the Week), it was clear that he was working his way to some cool projects.  He's got a very interesting ongoing launching soon at Image Comics,  Morning Glories, but it was clear to me that he would be getting some attention from the big two companies and it looks like that time has come. 

On the art side, Cafu should be no stranger to fans of DC Comics, having spent the better part of the past year or so working on the Superman books across Action Comics, Superman and War of the Supermen.  While I haven't been reading those books, I did take a gander at some of his art, and I have to admit, I dig his clean style and action sequences.  He appears to be a perfect choice for this book.

So just who are the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents? Originally published by Tower Comics in the 1960s, they are a super hero team employed by the United Nations, which provides for tons of International exposure, characters and storylines.  Most notably, they were created by comics legend Wally Wood along with writer Len Wood.  Artists who worked on the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents over the years included Wood, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Al Wiliamson and many more.  Last year, DC revealed that they would be not only launching a new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series, but they would be integrating them into the DC Universe, much like they've done with other acquired characters such as the Milestone and Red Circle groups of characters most recently.

It's exciting to see DC not only following through on an announcement that was made at last year's San Diego Comic-Con but to also be having an exciting new creative team take a stab at it.  This should be fun for not only long time fans of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, but fans of Nick Spencer and Cafu as well as anyone looking for an interesting new take on some classic heroes.

Comments

  1. I was in when I saw DC and Nick Spencer in the same announcement.  Forgetless won me over.

    "threats exploding from real-world headlines" sounds like a commercial for an episode of Law And Order, ‘ripped from the headlines’.

  2. Yeah, the Milestone and Red Circle characters really did well in DC proper. Snark, snark. I think THUNDER Agents would do better in the Wildstorm Universe.

    The publishing history of THUNDER Agents have been marred in controversy for years and years. Lawsuits between JOhn Carbonaro and David Singer is legendary. Jon Cooke wrote the excellent THUNDER Agents companion for TwoMorrows. Anyone who would to know about th entire saga including every subsequent relaunch (DC tried it just a few years ago). 

    The Six Volume Archives series is excellent. It is the complete run of not only the series but the mini-series of No-Man and Dynamo in chronological order. There is no UNDERSEA Agent reprint but this new series may pave the way for one – it was rumored to be the Volume 7.      

     

  3. I’d be so much happier if they were getting their own earth in the multiverse.  I’m a long time fan of these characters and there’s little doubt that they will end up in the same realm of irrelevence that the Red Circle and Milestone characters have in the DCU.  I’m sure that they’re using "new" characters in order to power them up to DCU levels.

  4. This sounds kinda cool. Don’t know anything about THUNDER Agents, but that cover sure is pretty. 

  5. Consider me interested.

  6. I will definitely check out the first issue.  Hopefully, this will scratch that Checkmate itch.  Damn, I miss that book.

  7. this looks really cool…  i’m interested in checking out more nick spencer work