Thundercats: Hammerhand’s Revenge #5
WildStorm (April, 2004)
“At Last, Princess”
WRITER: Fiona Avery
ARTIST: Carlos D’Anda
COLORISTS: Wendy Brooke & Carrie Strachan
SELECTED COVER ART: Cully Hamner
LETTERER: Phil Balsman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
EDITOR: Alex Sinclair
The Thundercats and their Griffin allies attack the Berserkers. While the pirates are prepared Panthro has a trick or two of his own and between him and the Griffins they manage to disarm the pirate ship. Then the Thundercats land on the pirate ship and battle is joined. During it Altaria is hurt by Hammerhand, which sends Lion-O into a rage while Snarf frees Hachiman. Together the duo defeat Hammerhand and the day is won, except for Altaria who is now in a deep sleep. (Not dead, but in a deep sleep.) Lion-O vows to find a way to heal her.
What they got right: Snarf actually gets to do something! Sure, the Snarf hate is still popping up but Avery actually had Snarf be useful (probably reluctantly given how she’s written him this whole miniseries–I haven’t been exaggerating in my rage, people). The fight is mostly good without the Snarf-hate distracting us from the story.
What they got wrong: MOSTLY good. The final blows happens during a transition after a good build-up. That’s rather weak. Also we see Lion-O has used what appears to be the Feliner to get to the Griffin mountain home. That didn’t come into the show into well into the first season. And it took that long for both the Griffins to finally “meet” the Thundercats and have an encounter with Anubis? By now both should already be well enough aware of the Thundercats are or at least sought them out sooner. And Tygra doesn’t phase or teleport or whatever he’s doing here; he turns himself invisible and has fast reflexes. So covered in Berserkers he isn’t going anywhere.
Recommendation: Like or hate him, Avery’s constant Snarf-hate far too often derails good scenes, and even without that I just didn’t get the same vibes I do from the show. Even The Return gave me that, which made what happened to the characters even worse because of it. It’s not a bad story but it was the final straw for me back in the day. There is one more WildStorm miniseries with the Thundercats and I didn’t even bother with it. As for this, I’m not sure I’d recommend it to show fans (which as you’ve seen in the comments won’t stop my friend Sean because he really likes Hachiman and the Berserkers), but it isn’t an awful story when the action isn’t disrupted to torture a character the writer hates for no other reason than the hate. Had Snarf been left at Cat’s Lair it might have been a better story without the distraction, but I would probably take it out of my collection regardless. It just doesn’t do it for me and I don’t miss not getting Enemy’s Pride, the final miniseries from WildStorm. The entire run by WildStorm just isn’t worth getting.