Ah, here we go… Spencer has to deal with a regular length issue. He does well–the soft cliffhanger all of a sudden makes a lot of sense with the pacing. He’s going through the team’s first mission. Even though the issues focus on an agent, the handlers provide the continuity.
But this issue introduces an original agent (no idea if he was actually in the original series), one who resembles Dr. Manhattan in a lot of ways–and not just the blue skin. Also, is T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents out of regular DC continuity? Spencer’s writing suggests it isn’t set in a world of superheroes.
The flashback art by Howard Chaykin is some of his best work in years. It might be the colorist’s fault, but it all has this incredible sense of foreboding. It’s great–as is the present day, mainstream stuff.
Spencer does just fine with less pages; the issue works fine.