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Thundercats #5


WildStorm (February, 2003)

WRITER: Ford Lytle Gilmore

PENCILERS: Ed McGuinness & Joe Philips

INKERS: Jason Martin, Richard Friend, & Joe Philips


LETTERER: John Layman


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.


About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

4 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    Did Lion-O complete his final training in this issue? Wow….I can’t imagine the Thundercats stories without Jaga. Jaga was a very important advisor to Lion O. I’m quite surprised that the writers would try to take Jaga out of the comics. It’s like Thundercats without Snarf! You need Jaga and Snarf to be part of the Thundercats team.


    • The Star Wars novels eventually took Obi-Wan out as well. I guess it supposed to signify the conclusion of the hero’s journey to lose the mentor, but Lion-O still has training to do within the Book Of Omens and I’m pretty sure Jaga was only taken out so the events of The Return could proceed as intended without the plothole of “why didn’t Jaga come to warn Lion-O”. But I’ll get to that next week.


      • Sean says:

        It makes sense that for the final trials/training, the writers would want to avoid the presence of Jaga to warn Lion-O on impending issues/problems. Also, you make a good comparison with the Obi-Wan parallel.


  2. Sean says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed issue #5. The story, artwork, and coloring were all to my liking. Having Grune the Destroyer in this issue was an awesome aspect to this comic. The end of the comic also sets up very nicely what will happen in the next series, although I don’t plan to track that down due to what Tronix has already written about that one and the other Thundercats comics series from Wildstorm.

    I would tell readers interested in the back issues to track down issues #0, 4, and 5 in this series. Those were the best ones. Issues #1 and 3 should be avoided totally. These Wildstorm first series issues can work as stand alone issues, so you will still understand issues #4 and 5 even if you don’t have #1 and 3. Issue #2 has the great aspect of having the Mutants, but I’m concerned that the artwork might not be good based on what I saw in issues #1 and 3. So if I finally track down #2, I will have to purchase it with extreme caution (and hopefully where I only pay a dollar for it like with that dollar sale of late June at my local comic shoppe). Perhaps Tronix one day will let me glance briefly at his issue #2 in order for me to judge the quality of the artwork. Issues #1 and 3 have low quality both in artwork and stories, and that is why those two issues should definitely be avoided.

    Reading these Thundercats comics after my August 17, 2018 face to face close encounter with a lynx at Forillon National Park on Quebec Province’s Gaspe Peninsula was rather interesting. The Thundercats are fiction, but there’s plenty of wild cats that one can encounter in real life. Be calm and think carefully if this happens to you. I was calm and thought carefully, and that’s why I’m now still here able to write once again on Bwspotlight.


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