T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (2011) #1

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Spencer does great with an oversized first issue, but I’m wondering how he’s going to be able to do his multilayered narrative in a regular length one.

While T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents seems pretty innocuous, it’s actually this spy thriller with double crosses and “Get Smart” references and some really good dialogue. Spencer sets it up with three layers… present day, twelve months before present and also eleven months before present. For a while, the confusing nature—Spencer’s introducing characters left and right; it isn’t until the end he reveals the reader only needs to track three of them for the time being—works against it. There’s a lot of action and Cafu and Bit do a fine job. It’s all very, very slick.

Then the protagonists get together and they immediately have great chemistry and everything sort of becomes clear.

It’s great. I can’t believe it’s a modern DC book, actually.

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