What the D'ast? Thundra
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
I was there as a reader when this crimson-tressed amazon came rumbling into Fantastic Four #129 as a substitute for Madame Medusa on the original Frightful Four. Right away, despite what has happened in later days, there was chemistry between this alternate Earth beauty and the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing! Snap!
Thundra is a warrior woman and time traveler from an alternate future 23rd century. In the future society she hails from, Earth is now known as Femizonia and is ruled by amazon-like female overlords (Femizons) who have conquered and enslaved the diminished male population. The former United States is now the “United Sisterhood Republic,” and Thundra hails from the megalopolis of Greater Milago (a merged sprawl of Milwaukee and Chicago), located in the United Sisterhood's Midwestern Republic. Thundra is renowned as the United Sisterhood's most formidable warrior, having been physically enhanced by genetic engineering and trained from childhood in combat, the martial arts and military strategy.
She is sent to the 20th century to challenge Fantastic Four member the Thing to a bout of one-on-one combat, believing him to be the strongest male of all time. By besting the Thing in combat, she feels she can prove once and for all that women were superior to the male gender, and finally end a stagnant war between Femizonia and the warlike, male-dominated planet of Machus, where the female population had been subjugated by its ruler, Mahkizmo. Thundra is also recruited into the Frightful Four by the Wizard, and they battled the FF. She secretly has her own agenda and has no real interest in the group. She battled the Thing in personal combat, and then wound up ultimately switching sides and helping the Fantastic Four defeat the Frightful Four after she quits that group.
Alongside the Fantastic Four, she brought the battle to Mahkizmo. She ultimately remained in the 20th Century after a dimensional interface of Femizonia and Machus occurred. She assisted the Fantastic Four and Tigra against the Frightful Four and then assisted the Fantastic Four, Tigra and the Impossible Man against Brute, Mad Thinker and Annihilus.
Thundra later returned to an alternate Femizonia which did not interface with Machus. It was subsequently revealed that Thundra was the Empress of Femizonia. She teamed with the Thing to battle Machan rebels and later abducted the Avengers and Fantastic Four to the future to enlist their aid in defending Femizonia from the extra-dimensional warlord Arkon and his warriors from Polemachus. She fought Arkon in personal combat, and became romantically inclined toward him; however, Thundra had a special place in her heart for the Thing. In addition to her amorous advances, the two have been involved in numerous superheroic adventures; one significant pairing of the two involved enlisting Grimm to help liberate Femizonia from a powerful, six-armed android sent from Machus to conquer the Femizons. After defeating the android, Grimm informed Thundra that they could never be together, expressing his love for Alicia Masters.
Recently, Thundra, Sue Richards and Valkyrue teamed up with She-Hulk and her Skrull partner, Jazinda (masquerading as a Shi’ar), in order to forcibly distribute stagnating aid in the corrupt country of Marinmer. When She-Hulk denied Jazinda's joke that they met up through an interstellar lesbian dating service, Thundra remarks that it is a pity. The Red Hulk later battled these “Lady Liberators” and tricked them into believing they caused him to pass out. Red Hulk then kidnapped Thundra, and offered her an alliance after deducing she was the only one of the group that was willing to kill him. After agreeing to the alliance, Thundra became a subordinate of the Intelligencia, a group of genius villains founded by Leader. After Red Hulk was betrayed by the Intelligencia, Thundra aided him in his escape and left the group. Since her departure from the group, her daughter Lyra has joined their ranks.
I have loved Thundra in her Terran adventures, but I would also like to see this mighty time traveler involved in a tale of more cosmic scope sometime. She’s built for it!