Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz’s run on Spider-Girl ends with August’s Spider-Girl: The End, but that’s not the last of their Marvel Comics work. DeFalco has been alluding to another project in the works with the publisher, and it looks like it’ll be a Thunderstrike limited series, starring the character DeFalco and Frenz created back in 1988 during their run on Thor.
The news comes from an unlikely source: a press release from New York Comic Con, on their initial crop of Artist Alley attendees. Of DeFalco, it reads: “He is currently writing a new Thunderstrike limited series with co-creator Ron Frenz.”
Seems pretty straight-forward. DeFalco confirms on the Spider-Girl message board: “Anyway, Ron, Sal, Tom and I have been working on a new Thunderstrike limited series for a few months in what we laughingly refer to as our “spare time”. All I can tell you is that it will be set in the regular Marvel Universe and it’s loaded with twists, turns, action and angst–in other words–our typical fun & games thrill-o-rama!” DeFalco expressed surprise that the information was out there, writing, “I didn’t think that bio would be public until the actual convention in October.”
For the uninitiated, Thunderstrike is Eric Masterson, a former substitute Thor that ended up a hero on his own, an “everyman Avenger” wielding an enchanted mace (the titular Thunderstrike) provided by Odin himself. After a stint in Thor, he starred in an eponymous series for 24 issues.
A Thunderstrike miniseries is conceptually interesting, because he’s a character that’s stayed dead for a number of years, save being kinda sorta resurrected with a few other dead superheroes in the first year of Kurt Busiek’s Avengers run. Is he back? Does this miniseires take place in the past? Will he still be rocking the ponytail? Looks like it might be a little while before we find out more about this project.