WildStorm (October, 2002)
“Reclaiming Thundera” (the name of this miniseries collected in trade)
WRITER: Ford Lytle Gilmore
PENCILER: Ed McGuinness
INKER: Jason Martin
COLORIST: Chris Walker
LETTERERS: John Layman & Sergio Garcia
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
EDITOR: Jeff Mariotte
With New Thundera simply christened Thundera, the Thundercats await the return of their remaining kind. The Ancient Spirits Of Evil are worried their powers will wane so they create an eclipse and use Shadowmaster to wipe out the Thundercats with an army of shadow monsters. However, between the Thunderkitten’s flash bombs and the Eye Of Thundera our heroes use light to destroy the creatures and send Shadowmaster back to his prison. With no choice, the Ancient Spirits Of Evil bring back Mumm-Ra.
What they got right: Shadowmaster is a character you either had to be a fan of the show to remember or a good researcher to know of. And the plan is sound. It’s interesting to see the Ancient Spirits Of Evil taking a somewhat direct approach.
What they got wrong: Too bad that’s all they’ve got. The 90s started a bad habit (among many) of devoting more panel space to the art than the story (compared to the days where the dialog was too prominent), which means there is less space to work with, made worse by the reduction in pages around this time to save money. There really isn’t time to build Shadowmaster up as a threat. And after the Spirits made a fuss about not resurrecting Mumm-Ra, and the writer in the Sourcebook saying that he was going to refrain from using Mumm-Ra in favor of the other villains from the Thundercats’ past, they break out Mummy Boy out pretty fast.
Recommendation: I wouldn’t steer you away from getting it, but you aren’t getting much. It’s just Gilmore showing that he knows who Shadowmaster is to let you know he’s a fellow fan–which just makes the second miniseries hurt even more. And that’s par for the course with this miniseries. Maybe with better use of page space this could have been a bigger threat for the Thundercats but as it stands it’s just a shadow (no pun intended) of what it could have been.