T.H.U.N.D.E.R. – The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves. This is the government agancy at the center of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents # 1-2 from DC. An agency charged with tackling the kind of threats most super heroes don’t even know exist.
The first issue opens with the organization monitoring two of it’s agents, Dynamo and Lightning. The duo is taking on an army of robots in an effort to extract one of their operatives, The Raven form the prison of the enemy organization called Spider. However, Dynamo and Lightning are only distractions as a secret agent is able to free Raven. A secret agent that has pulled an elaborate ruse and double crosses the team.
With their agents lost, the agency needs to put replacements in the field. The agency uses high tech equipment to empower their agents. A process that will work for only a handful of people. Identifying those rare individuals is a task given to Daniel, a god machine that uses quantum computing to select agents.
The second issue focuses on Henry Cosagi, a runner from Kalenjin who has been targeted to be the new Lightning. Henry had everything he could ever want. He was an Olympic gold medalist, and world champion runner. His ability made him world renown, rich, and gave him a loving family. And when test for for banned substances come back positive, he loses everything.
This is when Henry is approached by Toby, a “salesman” for the agency who works with colleen Franklin to recruit new agents. New agents who are given uniforms with equipment that gives them extraordinary powers. However, they also have drastic side effects. Side effects that they are they are starting to find out about as they launch an attack on a Spider base.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents is a cool comic book. Nick Spencer is weaving a story that floats through the time line of how the new agents come to be selected and are sent out on their first mission. The story is well paced and well told. And I like how there are some slower moments in these issues. They’re taking their time with some things and not just rushing through everything. You have time to really absorb the story. The super hero action mixed with human drama and espionage make this an interesting comic. The artwork is excellent. Cafu is the penciller, with Bit as the inker, Santiago Arcas as the colorist, and Swands providing the lettering. This is a good looking comic book.
People who are in desperate situations are recruited for a special mission tasks force. They are equiped with special suits that give them extraordinary abilities. And the suits may also cause their death. Super heroes in covert ops. This is a book comic to buy.