The Monster Gallery

Thunder of the Three Storms
20th Century Fox

Thunder's skill set might seem rather mundane in comparison to his fellow magic-users, at least at first. When not massacring gang members in the streets of China Town, he mainly gives guided tours of the Wing Kong Import-Export Trading Company, interrogates interlopers and attends to his master. But Thunder possesses one more notable skill: When the going gets tough, he inflates his body and explodes in a burst of green goo and chunks.

At first this might seem nonsensical, but it all crystallizes when we look to natural world biology. Read "Monster of the Week: Thunder of the Three Storms."

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.