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REVIEW: Thundercats. #1

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REVIEW: Thundercats. #1

4.1/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG

Creative Team 

Writer: Declan Shalvey
Art: Drew Moss
Colors: Chiara Oi Francis & Martina Pignedali
Letters: Jeff Eckleberry
Cover: David Nakayama
Editor: Nate Cosby
Publisher: Dynamite Comics

Ratings 

Story: 4.0 Stars
Interior Artwork: 4.2 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.2 stars
Dialogue: 4.1 Stars
Mechanics: 4.0 Stars
Editing: 4.1 Stars

About the Book:

The planet Thundera is invaded by the Mu’Tants of Plun-Darr for the eye of Thundera. The ancient treasure of the people of Thundera.  But during the attack the planet and the only known survivors of the attack is the ship carrying the royal family.  But during the escape the ship is damaged and the closest habitat planet is Third Earth.  Having crash landed on the planet, they are forced to build a new home and a new life.

Reviewer’s Notes:

Thundercats, the very name brings up wonderful memories of watching the show. However the show was not a favorite by all, I remember my mom not liking Mumm-Ra the ever living.  That said I still wanted the toys, much like I wanted the toys from Masters of the Universe.  I remember growing up in a small town and taking He-Man and Lion-O out into the fields and having wonderful adventures in the dense forest of my childish adventures.

The many adventures of the Thundercats was one of the things I always looked up to as I was growing up. Like so many kids of the 80’s that watched the various cartoons on, we all had the intro practically memorized and the original story along with it.  Over the years there have been a couple of reboots both in cartoon form and comic form and this book is no exception.

The one exception that I do find very well done is that the writer Mr. Shalvey simply highlights the details, giving just enough to explain what it’s going on without losing the reader just to bring them up to speed.  For those that are new, by the end of the first book you know exactly what happened by the time they land on Third Earth, for those that grew up with the original story like me. You already know, so why rehash it.

The approach is wonderfully refreshing as it allows a person like me to just jump right in and proceed with the story. However, while the intro is more or less glazed over, Lion-O running out on his own after being told he is not ready is the same basic principle of all the reboots.  This one feels better as I read it though.  In the cartoon Panthro was more laid back then he was in this book, like the other Thundercats they offered advice when needed but pretty much just went with the flow.

They never went over the struggles of trying to establish a new home, find food and survive the dangers.  It just happened, and while the Mu’Tants did follow them they were not as much of a threat as they appear to be in this story, once again a refreshing detail.

One thing that I particularly loved was that while Mumm-Ra is never named, he already knows Jaga.  This detail is brought up at the end of the book, so I hope that as this story progresses that is something that has more detail that comes to light.

The cover is very well done showing all the characters jumping into action.  David Nakayama illustrates the characters with a level of detail that matches the inside panels perfectly. The one thing that I notice that does not mesh with the story is that Snarf is not featured in the actual story but shown on the cover.  Hopefully he will actually appear as the story continues, otherwise the cover reveals a character that may never be around.

The interior artwork is done with impeccable detail, showing the characters in all their glory, their actions and emotions are there for all to see and feel.  Making the reader completely immersed in the content of the story. Visually brilliant I think that the essence of the characters are properly represented.

But if you’re a fan of the original show or previous comics, you need to keep in mind that every artist has their own take on a character, and Drew Moss proves that he has what it takes to show the characters in a way that is wonderful to look at.

This inaugural issue of Thundercats is perfect for those that remember the original as well as bridging the gap and allowing a new generation to experience the Thundercats.

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s I grew up as an eclectic geek, a fact that still holds true today. I grew up watching all the classic cartoons of the 80's and had many an adventures with the toys that went with. Played tabletop RPG's and still enjoy computer gaming as adulting allows. On top of making time to read comics, and spend time with family and friends.

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  1. Allen Francis

    March 23, 2024 at 6:16 pm

    Great issue, Shalvey is underrated as a writer and artist….

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