WildStorm (February, 2003)
WRITER: Ford Lytle Gilmore
PENCILERS: Ed McGuinness & Joe Philips
INKERS: Jason Martin, Richard Friend, & Joe Philips
COLORING: WildStorm FX
LETTERER: John Layman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
EDITOR: Jeff Mariotte
Mumm-Ra has resurrected Grune The Destroyer to serve him, since the now mortal Grune is no longer immune to Thundranium. Giving him his old mace and the Sword Of Plundarr, he sends Grune to challenge Lion-O to a duel to the death for leadership of the Thundercats. Jaga tells him that he should, to prove his leadership to the incoming returning Thunderians. He also informs Lion-O that he will no longer be appearing to Lion-O since he is no longer needed and will going to…I don’t know, Thunderian heaven or something. Lion-O battles Grune and wins, but Grune will only accept death, which Lion-O is forced to give him by throwing him from the bridge they were fighting on. Then Lion-O must follow Jaga’s other request, to go into the Book Of Omens to receives his final training, which will take years but due to the way time passes in the Book it will only be a few days. Or at least it would, but Mumm-Ra has placed a spell altering the flow of time within the book. Panthro will help initiate Lion-O’s plan to reclaim Thundera, but Mumm-Ra will be waiting to take it over before Lion-O’s return, thus setting up the next miniseries.
What they got right: The art for the first few pages is the closest to the cartoon this miniseries’ group of revolving artists have gotten yet.
What they got wrong: And then they change penciler (and possibly inker) for the rest of the comic and it’s good but not as good as it was in those few pages. The fight between Lion-O and Grune is too short, possibly to Gilmore could for some reason get rid of Jaga, possibly because Jaga would mess up his plans for the next miniseries by calling for Lion-O too soon, or leave us wondering why he didn’t.
Recommendation: Overall this first miniseries was kind of mediocre. The revolving art teams did little to help and the only ones who were close to spot-on only get a few pages. The stories were just either a re-introduction to the classic cartoon (although if memory serves Cartoon Network was airing the reruns as part of Toonami anyway), or Gilmore proving that he does know the show. And that just makes what’s coming even worse. I wouldn’t push you from this series but I can’t really recommend it. Which is still nicer that what I’ll be saying of our next miniseries. I can delay it no longer…since one of my 2017 goals is no more hospital stays. It’s time to finally suffer Thundercats: The Return! Prepare for a lot of rage.