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The Return (Thundercats) [Paperback]

Ford Lytle Gilmore

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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rape of a Classic 10 Oct 2005
By J. Gibson - Published on Amazon.com
This series is pretty revolting. People I've talked to have generally hated this. It's all well and good to have a property grow up, but this is just sick gritty for the sake of being gritty. Some of our beloved characters get killed. Cheetara is raped daily. Wily Kit, a child, grows up as Mummra's sex slave. It's just disgusting. It's like an extremely bad fanfic, written by an overzealous and sexually frustrated teen. To add to this is how badly the sexual abuse is handled. Despite being ravaged for years, chained up in a mine, etc, Cheetara is drawn like a Playboy model. And not only does her body not suffer the torture, but she doesn't seem broken or mentally unstable like true rape victims are. Obviously, the idea of Cheetara being raped is MEANT to be sensual and to sell the book, otherwise we wouldn't be treated to full page spreads of her looking sexy in chains. (And people attack "I Spit on Your Grave" for glorifying rape... that was realistic in the horror).

On the same token, Wily Kit, who is obviously at this point the product of child rape and molestation (by a frickin' MUMMY) seems trong willed and again, is drawn in a way that must be to make comic book fanboys go "HEHEH!! Look, sexy!"

And to finish it up, later in this series, the Thundercats have to team with the Mutants against the Dogs of War. And what happens? Apperantly, the Thundercats forgive all that horror upon them, have a big celebration feast and Lion-o TOASTS Mumm-ra!? "Cheers to Mumm-ra, who killed my people and raped my friends!" I'm surprised they didn't have Cheetara giggle at the mutants sitting at the table and say "So... my room later?"

All in all, a TERRIBLE, repulsive story and anyone who showers it with praise is obviously degenerate and has no true love for the original.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thundercats - Grown up: Good or Bad 22 Oct 2004
By 80s kid - Published on Amazon.com
I grew up watching Thundercats with GI Joe and Transformers every weekday afternoon of my young life. Boob-tube baby that's me. The plot lines where laghable; bad guy does something bad, gets one over on the good guy for roughly fifteen to twenty minutes, then the good guys triumph in the end. It was never really clear why Mumm-Ra had to pick fights with the Thundercats, at least not to me anyway. But he did, and promptly go his but kicked each and every time. As a kid you really didn't care, the Thundercats were cooler than anything in real life so we tuned in every Mon-Fri, usually when we still had homework to do. Then the unthinkable happened; we grew up and the Thundercats were shown for what they really are. A silly, childish, little cartoon. It wasn't devistating, but it just fell by the way side.

Some ten-twenty years later the market for 1980's cartoon series somehow becomes popular again and we are seeing the return of Transformers and He-man on the box and GI Joe gets a face lift in comic books and then look who's back, The Thundercats. Only this time they are alot more grown up with darker issues to handle. They have to save their people from slavery and genocide. They have to killor be killed, no more kid gloves and understanding for the bad guys. The audience that this is played out for are the same as in the 80's only older so the plot line must match the minds of the people who are watching it now. The problem is what was so wong in just keeping with the tone of the TV series. Sure we are now in a world were Tony Soprano is a hero and sex and violence is what gets and holds our attention. But when it is heavily implied that Cheetarah is getting raped on a daily basis by the mutants and Bengali is swinging from a wall hanged to death, it's just a little much. I know that it's a different time and the kids who read it now won't be as emotionaly involved with the situation but it was an unneccesary element. I know I'm being prudish but I think these types of series getting an adult overhaul just makes me want the series as it was on a Tuesday afternoon when it was innocent and just fun all the more.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thundercats are back 27 April 2004
By Macneto - Published on Amazon.com
While we all are awaiting the inevitable return of the series to DVD these books do a pretty good job of continuing where the series left off. however the series has taken a much darker change then the cartoon ever did. Lion-o has been gone for several years training in the book of omens only to return to find his planet and his people tortured and bloody by Mummra. this book follows a much darker and bloodier life then the thundercats ever had. the art in this book is also top notch and thanks should go out to the artists that make these books and keep our series alive and well.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What on Third Earth is Going on? 14 Jan 2009
By Alien to You - Published on Amazon.com
All I can say is sick and inaccurate. Mumm-Ra shouldn't even be there at all as he was trapped in the final episode forever and would never have been able to the Book of Omens. Second of all, Cheetara is a telepathic and a telekinetic on the series, I suppose this author forgot that? She would have been able to blow the crap out of the mutants herself. Third,this should be considered adult type stuff and should be put under alternate universe ideas and a child should never be able to read it, nor should a graphic that appeals to kids be on the front cover. I used to know people who actually wrote fanfic like this and didn't appreciate it much then either. Who at Thundercats HQ permitted this to even be published? Thundercats are not Star Trek, you know. I liked my Fanfic better and if something was unusual I usually classified it as alternate reality Thundercats at least. A better growing up story for the series would have been a new villian that could draw blood and maybe a marriage or something--which would be more appropriate for this type of fiction. I say leave dark fanfic at home in the scrawlings of those who created it and create different characters if writing stories like this in the future.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An instant rip-off!! 28 Jan 2007
By DJ Siniestro - Published on Amazon.com
If you have even the minimum respect for the old cartoon classic, avoid this heresy at all costs.
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