Thundercats: Hammerhand’s Revenge #2
WildStorm (January, 2004)
WRITER: Fiona Avery
ARTIST: Carlos D’Anda
COLORISTS: Wendy Fouts-Broome, Carrie Strachan & Darlene Royer
LETTERER: Nick Napolitano
EDITOR: Alex Sinclair
As Lion-O remains a “guest” of the Griffins (one of whom sees Lion-O talking to Jaga but of course doesn’t see Jaga), the Thundercats try to take a shortcut through a forest on their way to rescue Hachiman. There the forest itself seems to be against them, grabbing the Thundercats one by one. Panthro and Snarf try to bring them all together, but the Thunderkittens come across the guardian of this forest (the Anubis-looking guy on the cover). Eventually realizing their error in passing through sacred land without permission Wilykat forms a truce with the guardian.
What they got right: Snarf is useful, which is odd considering how much the writer seems to hate him, but I’ll come back to that. Wilykat shows a bit of maturity despite still being a kid (this is the Third Earth days). The art is also quite good most of the time.
What they got wrong: The theme of this story seems to be the Thundercats aren’t wanted on Third Earth. This is the second of Avery’s creations to make a case about them not being part of Third Earth. I wonder if she knows the Berbils are also space refugees? She (or the letterer) doesn’t seem to know how to spell Wilykat and Wilykit (here’s a hint: NOT “Wiley Kat” and “Wiley Kit”). There may not have been a fan wiki back in the day, but I own the Sourcebook and the previous issues. It shouldn’t be that hard to look up back then! And Snarf is still being written as annoying as possible. If you hate him so much, leave him back at Cat’s Lair! They’ve done on missions without him before, but he wasn’t being written as poorly as he is here! Finally, I don’t get the technobabble Panthro uses to allow everyone to call for help. Like, at all.
Recommendation: Here’s the problem I’m having. There are some good ideas and the story is written well. However, I’m just not getting the nostalgic vibe because Avery seems more alien to the source material than the Thundercats are to Third Earth. Make your judgement based on that perspective I guess.