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Comic Review: Thun’Da #1
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Thunda 1Thun’Da #1
Written by Robert Place Napton
Art by Cliff Richards
Colored by Esther Sanz
Letters by Marshall Dillion
Cover by Jae Lee
Thun’Da Created by Frank Frazetta
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

I have to admit, I don’t know anything about the main character of this book, and I’m guessing, neither do you. But, that’s a GOOD THING. Because Thun’Da #1 is ALL intro, and believe me, it’s one heck of a ride.

Writer Robert Place Napton does a really good job here of writing this first issue as almost a silent issue, but there’s a purpose for that, unlike so many comics that are just trying to copy the infamous GI Joe #21. First, we’re introduced to our hero under extreme circumstances. VERY extreme. From there, it only gets worse. It’s safe to say that he’s thrust into a world that even he doesn’t believe exists. Someplace where he’s got to survive on barely his wits alone. What’s even more entertaining is that he has no memory of who he is, where he’s from, or what he can do. So, he’s basically coming at this whole story from the audience’s point of view, which is really refreshing. I found this comic to be a very fun read.

Artist Cliff Richards is off to a nice start. As I hinted at before, this world is TOTALLY unlike any that the main character or the audience is used to. Richards does a fantastic job bringing it to life, it’s totally believable and each bit of it makes sense. On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of his renderings of actual human beings. They appear a little “off” in panels. Not all the time, just occasionally. With a little time, I’m sure that they’ll look great.

A pretty good, but not great comic. This is the first Frank Frazetta creation that Dynamite has brought to life, and I really wish they’d have put a higher profile artist on it, especially when you consider the reference material. Yes, I’m aware that NO ONE else is Frank Frazetta, but I think they could have found a stronger choice.

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