Drink in the blandness, cubs. Just…drink it in.

Thundercats: Dogs Of War #2

WildStorm (October, 2003)

“Hounded”

WRITER/LETTERER: John Layman

PENCILER: Brett Booth

INKER: Al Vey

COLORIST: WildStorm FX

SELECTED COVER ART: Dustin Nguyen & Richard Friend

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kristy Quinn

EDITOR: Alex Sinclair

You know, I wasn’t expecting to break format with this series but the stupidity, lameness, and one more shot at my childhood needs to be examined here. Look at the War Dog design (that’s our Doberlord by the way) on the cover along with their Lizaurian warrior slaves. Oh, enjoy that name–Lizaurian–because that the closest thing to an imagination this book is going to show. For example we get the name of the guard that has a crush on Wilykit, and his name is Bobcat. Then you have the aforementioned War Dog design. It’s both cool and sad. Cool as far as anthropomorphic designs go and a bit threatening. However, compare it to the Thundarians, a better fusion of feline and humanoid designs. This is dogs with a humanoid shape. And this book I’m waiting to see them play poker given the level of effort in the titles.

Then the story happens. The Berbils, who moved here from Third Earth for some reason decide to surrender because they wouldn’t be decent fighters until the recent remake that skirts the line between reboot and re-imagining just enough that I was able to enjoy it, but that’s for another time. Doberlord sends the Lizaurians to kill them, and says “bitchin'” as they do it. Yes, the cute characters are now shock deaths because we’re dark and edgy and don’t do cute anymore. Layman specifically brought the Berbils from Third Earth to Thundera just to kill them. That was stupid and pointless and another strike on my childhood. And no, showing us Linx-O and Pumyra still alive (apparently Bengali is still dead) will not make up for this. You had NO reason for them to be here but you did so anyway just to shock death the cute characters…and the Thundercats don’t even seem to be aware of it. Jerk move, John. Jerk…move. Oh, and his wife possibly kills a general for questioning the use of the Lizaurians instead of letting the War Dogs play with him and wanted a Berbil as a souvenir. She’s also a Labrador named Lady Dialador and she’s a bitch…and I don’t mean she’s pregnant. Weak.

Anyway, Wilykit and the new Thunderkittens are trying to get back into the palace when the War Dogs, trying to keep anyone from entering or leaving the palace, prepare to them. Until our unimaginatively named Bobcat shows up and joins the fight, winning Wilykit’s gratitude. I’m sorry, but I can’t get over how little effort was put into his name. Look at the other names. Bobaraus…would have been too close to Barabbas or barbarian I grant you, but is still more effort in five seconds than Layman took in two issues to name this guy. Well, they get into the palace and Wilykit learns her brother isn’t so dead. Happy sibling reunion…off panel! Tygra, Cheetara, and Lion-O (you know, the ones with creative names) get a tearful reunion with Wilykat. HIS OWN SISTER gets hers off panel!

Lion-O meanwhile is talking with Pumyra about the situation over the communicator (because she and Lynx-O are taking care of injured elsewhere) when Doberlord breaks in to tell the Thundercats that he’s been saving the palace for last and that they should surrender. Lion-O’s solution? Send Snarf somehow out to get the only person who can help…Mumm-Ra! You know, I usually like a “hero and villain must team up” story but…after what Mumm-Ra did to them fifteen years ago how was this even an option Lion-O immediately went for without Mumm-Ra himself talking him into it for the good of Thundera? And where has he been for 15 years? What the hell?

I hope breaking format isn’t going to be a trend here, but this glorified bad fanfic is just crap enough that I doubt I’m getting away with that. You on the other hand, should stay away. And I say this as someone trying to figure out how to lighten my collection, so you know I’m serious. I wonder if I can send this and The Return to Linkara for Atop The Fourth Wall?

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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. :)

3 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    I’m curious to see what Bobcat looks like (because bobcats are one of my favorite wild cats). Post a pic of Bobcat on your site. That way I don’t have to waste money buying a back issue to see him. Anyhow, this particular Thundercats series doesn’t sound like it’s off to a good start. Additionally, I find it disturbing that the Berbils are brutally killed off. On the other hand, I am intrigued by what will happen when Snarf shows up at Mum-Ra’s tomb and pleads for the mummy’s help. I would want to see how Snarf and Mum-Ra respond to each other in that specific situation.

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    • We don’t see that. We just see Snarf walk in with Mumm-Ra. I’ll show it to you next time you stop by.

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      • Sean says:

        Gee, it makes it sound so civil as if Mum-Ra is inviting Snarf inside to have a cup of catnip tea! I figured there would be some kind of conflict between those two…at least some hissing and claws out from Snarf.

        I see you have many good new articles. I’ve been battling a bad cold since Thursday night (I’m so lucky that my workplace had a snow day on Friday, so that I could try to get better). So this weekend, I’m just focusing on trying to get my health back. In fact, I’m so congested that I don’t even feel up to reading newspapers. So some point later next week, I will have to try to play catch up with this site. I will still be picking up the last issue of He-Man/Thundercats on Wednesday (or Thursday depending on the weather). I’ll have to see what my energy levels are at the end of the week to see if I can make the He-Man/Thundercats delivery to you on Saturday. At this point, it’s uncertain due to how I’m feeling. I’ll keep you posted, Shadow Wing.

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