WildStorm (December, 2002)
WRITER: Ford Lytle Gilmore
PENCILER: Francisco Herrera
INKER: Carlos Logo Cuevas
COLORING: WildStorm FX
LETTERER: John Layman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
EDITOR: Jeff Mariotte
The Lunatacs takes over an Interplanetary Control Force ship and capture Mandora as part of their revenge on her and the Thundercats. They use the ship to attack Cats Lair while Panthro, Lion-O, and Bengali are testing out the new Thundertank and looking for Thundrillium to power the Lair and the beacon. The Thundercats manage to defeat the Lunatacs, aided by Mandora when she escapes her bonds. She promises to keep them locked away, but Mumm-Ra isn’t willing to give them rest and sends Ma-Mutt to capture Wilykat.
What they got right: I like seeing Mandora The Evil Chaser. Next to the Berbills and Warrior Maidens she’s one of my favorite allies for the Thundercats. (And sadly we won’t be seeing the others since this and the next series takes place on Thundera.) The Lunatacs I really don’t care about but it was still nice to see they weren’t forgotten since I’m sure they have fans among the Thundercat fanbase. I always thought of them as the opposite of the Snake Men I mentioned in today’s Masters Of The Universe review; a group meant to be a threat to both the good guys and the bad guys but ultimately not very interesting beyond their powers. They end up being a separate threat, like the pirates, just popping up more often.
What they got wrong: The 90s threw up all over this art. Exaggeration is too kind a term for what’s on display here. Facial expressions are overdone, the body work is overdone…it’s like Alluro is zapping us all with his orb thing and messing the visual up.
Recommendation: The story could have used more time, the art could have used a lot more polish..it’s okay but not really worth hunting down unless you really like the Lunatacs or Mandora.