Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Hidden Gems: T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents #5

I have been slowly picking all 1980s appearances of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. It has been a slog, but at least it hasn't done much damage to the wallet. This is a particularly fun issue because of some rather interesting cameos in one story. For some reason the agents throw a New Years costume party. It provides an opportunity for the creators to have some meta-fun. You will see appearances from over a dozen characters including Wolverine, Black Canary and Daffy Duck. It's not every day that Bill the Cat and American Flagg get to hang out. It climaxes Dynamo also gets the chance to fight crime as Superman, although the editors repeatedly point out, to humourous effect, that this isn't actually Superman. The rest of the book is quite solid, with one story featuring a Codename: Danger crossover. It's great stuff, and it is a real shame that it didn't catch on. I know that I was completely unaware of it at the time, but I wasn't reading many, if any comics, back in 1985. My loss.

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