DA FUCK—-! IS THIS SHIT!
It is a pathetic attempt to make Thundercats darker and edgier (warning: TV Tropes link!) by saturating it with basement-dwelling nerd-fantasies of what makes a work “darker” and “more adult” (hint: it’s NOT watermelon-shaped boobs, gratuitous rape, and over-the-top HURRRR GRIMDARK!!!1!! excessiveness). That is what the fuck that shit is.
Honestly I never liked any of the Wildstorm comics, but The Return is definitely the worst offender in the “why the fuck do people actually say that this a good comic?!” category.
The new Thundercats cartoon is much, MUCH more successful at pulling off what a “more mature” version of the Thundercats would look like - that is, something that is still fundamentally for children but complex and layered enough to be enjoyed by adults. Because the new cartoon doesn’t eliminate the humor, charm, and silliness of the original under the mistaken assumption that doing so is necessary to make something “more mature.” It also doesn’t fall into the trap of thinking that injecting your story with excessive amounts of violence and sexuality is enough to automatically make it a more “mature” tale (rather than just coming across as pathetically juvenile). Yes the new series has some dark stuff, but nothing as over-the-top and ridiculous as a message written in Ben-gali’s blood.
In short: New Thundercats cartoon »»» Wildstorm comics. All of them.
(Sorry, I’ve just always had a hateboner for the Wildstorm Thundercats comics and I’ve been bottling up this rant for a long time.)