According to Comic Book Resources, the team of Nick Spencer and CAFU will re-launch the Agents into the 21st Century.
In this relaunch, a new batch of recruits has been asked to take on the mantle of the original Agent’s and while the team faces some difficult choices of their own, Dynamo, Lightning and NoMan are forced to re-visit members of the classic team’s troubled past…and some of its deadliest threats.
CBR News spoke with Spencer about the new series and the writer told us that T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents will operate like no other superhero team currently within the DCU, and that the very concept of heroes vs. villains will not only be explored but tested to the limits in every issue.
According to Spencer, this team will be essentially all-new members sporting the same names (powers and drawbacks) of the original teams. “Everything that happened in the original story is honored and is a part of the story, but this happens some years down the road.” Spencer went on to say that this new vision of the classic team has been influenced by titles like Planetary, The Authority, Secret Warriors and Checkmate. “It’s not a standard superhero book by any means. I think when people check it out, they’ll see that this is really a world apart from anything else that’s out there currently.”
Personally as someone who not only read the original stories, but personally knew John Carbonaro (the man who purchased the characters in the ’80s, and then lived through his 20+ year process of trying time and time again to re-launch the characters, I’m not entirely sure what to think of this, except to say that I hope it does well, as I’ve seen it when it goes badly.
I’ll certainly follow the new Agents for the relaunch. I’ll try to keep an open mind about it all. More than that, I can’t say for now, although it does sound like Spencer does (seem to) have a good handle on it all.