Talons of the Eagle
There’s always a great debate in Thunderbirds fandoms whether stories that focus on International Rescue having to rescue themselves count as actual stories. Such is the case with “Talons of the Eagle”, but that doesn’t prevent the strip being an engaging enough tale that puts International Rescue in some serious trouble.
The strip sees a mysterious, and devastatingly massive, U.S.A.F craft managing to track down Thunderbirds 1 and 2 to Tracy Island and I.R having to shoot down the craft in order to wipe any photographs/information obtained relating to the Thunderbirds’ base. The strip sees International Rescue deal with the impending threat of their secrets exposed in an unusually violent way, as Jeff Tracy’s first and primary instinct is to get the craft from the skies to the water, essentially placing its crew in danger.
“Talons of the Eagle” doesn’t exactly have it all when it comes to classic Thunderbirds story making (if the original series is anything to go by), but it still has enough character of its own to make for an interesting potential adaptation.