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Underrated: Thundercats (Wildstorm’s 2002 Series)

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Thundercats



thundercats cover.jpgIn another case of “Alex brought something to read just for this column” we have the Thunder Cats miniseries from Wildstorm that I found in the dollar bin at my LCS. Previous iterations of this theme in Underrated have often been a success (aside from Holy Terror which was a terrible comic, but a great column if I do say so myself), but will this one?

Well… kinda. I read the five issues of the miniseries with no context whatsoever which is par for the course when you find something in a dollar bin with no real idea when it was released (2002 is the answer to that). Assuming that you, dear reader, are like me and have some basic familiarity with the 1980’s cartoon, or one of the later iterations.

The thing is with this miniseries is that there is almost no hint given toprevious events, so if you pick this up hoping for a gentle introduction into the world of the Thundercats then you’ll be a touch disappointed. However, the story is still remarkably easy to follow because although Thundercats is a five issue miniseries it feels more like five episodes of a cartoon show with at best a slim plot that leads from the first to last issue. While this may lead some to claim that is leaves the series feeling like a vapid and disjointed mess, I’ll make the case that it invokes a powerful sense of nostalgia that allows children of the 80’s or 90’s the opportunity to easily reconnect with a treasured piece of your childhood.

I would give you a plot summary, but it basically boils down to “the Thundercats are trying to make a new home and are being opposed by villains.” Which is fine. I enjoyed the overly implistic nature of the main plot almost as much as I enjoyed the feeling that each comic was an episode of the show.

Why, then, does this make an appearance in this week’s Underrated? Because I had never heard of the series before, and made an assumption that if you found this in a dollar bin then you’dlikely pass it over as licensed tat. It isn’t tat at all, and was certainly enjoyable enough to spend a half hour or so with for a column that’s supposed to highlight unsung gems, and at best this is a moderately shiny dollar bin gem (unfortunately I had left it too late to read something else for the column so here we are).

Maybe next week I’ll find an actual gem?


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Thundercats Roar in 2019

It’s time again to feel the magic and hear the roar! Production is currently underway on ThunderCats Roar, an all-new, animated sci-fi action comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Bursting with over-the-top action and razor-sharp comedy, ThunderCats Roar boasts fresh and vibrant character designs along with a dynamic storytelling tone that promises to reignite the passionate fanbase of these iconic characters and introduce the legacy of Thundera to a whole new generation. ThunderCats Roar will be coming to Cartoon Network in 2019.

Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.

ThunderCats Roar features a talented voice cast with Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Lion-O and Wilykat, Erica Lindbeck (DC Super Hero Girls) as Cheetara and Wilykit, Patrick Seitz (Justice League Action) as Tygra and Mumm-Ra, and Chris Jai Alex (Star Wars: Battlefront II) as Panthro. Victor Courtright (Pickle and Peanut) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Right Now Kapow) serve as producers, with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer.

Lion-O and Mumm-Ra from Sideshow Collectibles

Thunder…Thunder…Thundercats…Hoooooo!

Sideshow has unveiled the first look at an all-new interpretation of a beloved ’80’s classic – Thundercats!

Lion-O, Lord of the Thundercats, and his nemesis, the repugnant, resurrected monstrosity Mumm-Ra are brought to life as striking new statues, coming soon.

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Funko’s Specialty Series: The Last Jedi Rose Pop! & Thundercats Jaga Dorbz!

Every store deserves an amazing Funko exclusive! In an effort to recognize their most special accounts and loyal retailers, Funko is continuing their Specialty Series. Every month, they’ll be announcing two major exclusives – one Pop! Vinyl and one Dorbz – that can be acquired through the Specialty Series.

Why is it so special? You’ll only be able to find these Specialty Series exclusives in boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and from qualified online retailers. This is your chance to help support local businesses and smaller retailers, and you’ll pick up an amazing exclusive item in the process!

The latest exclusives are Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rose in Disguise Pop! vinyl and Thundercats Jaga Dorbz! Both are available in January.

Pop! Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Rose in Disguise

Dorbz: Thundercats – Jaga

Funko Specialty Series: Thundercats Tygra Pop! & Masters of the Universe Orko Dorbz!

Every store deserves an amazing Funko exclusive!

In an effort to recognize their most special accounts and loyal retailers, Funko is continuing their Specialty Series. Every month, they announce two major exclusives – one Pop! Vinyl and one Dorbz – that can be acquired through the Specialty Series.

Why is it so special? You’ll only be able to find these Specialty Series exclusives in boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and from qualified online retailers. This is your chance to help support local businesses and smaller retailers, and you’ll pick up an amazing exclusive item in the process!

The latest exclusives are Thundercats Tygra Pop! vinyl and Masters of the Universe Orko Dorbz! Both are coming in December!

Remember, these two fantastic pieces are exclusive to the Specialty Series. So pay a visit to your favorite specialty store or your local comic book shop and let them know to order the Specialty Series from Funko.

Pop! TV: Thundercats – Tygra

Dorbz: Masters of the Universe: Orko

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: ThunderCats Lion-O Mega Scale Deluxe Edition Action Figure

Newly added to Entertainment Earth! Straight from Third Earth, comes the leader of the ThunderCats… Lion-O! This sensational ThunderCats Lion-O Mega Scale Deluxe Edition Action Figure measures over 14-inches tall and comes with 2 interchangeable heads. Featuring 7 points of articulation, the figure perfectly captures the iconic look of Lion-O as he appeared in the classic television series. Pre-order yours today!

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SDCC 2016: Mezco’s Thundercats Snarf Plush Exclusive

Straight from Third Earth comes  one of the most beloved members of the Thundercats family- Snarf.

Originally the nursemaid to young Lion-O, Snarf became the  comedic yet fiercely loyal sidekick of the ThunderCats as Lion-O grew older.

The Snarf plush stands  stands a snarfing 8 inches tall  and comes with an informative hangtag. Huggable and soft, he is ready to snuggle and watch tv or stand sentry over a Thundercats collection while snarfing.

The 8inch Thundercats Snarf Plush will only be available at San Diego Comic Con at Mezco booth #3445 or online.

Mezco's Thundercats Snarf Plush Exclusive

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