Thunderbolts is a title that has evolved from a team of super villains to a secret team of deadly operatives tasked with taking out terrorists. Led by the Red Hulk, the team of the Punisher, Venom, Deadpool, Elektra, Mercy and the Leader don’t quite work well together yet managed to be successful in their first mission. Will their new one go better? Will the title’s change in tone be able to last? Major Spoilers looks at the latest issue for the answers!
This April, love AND betrayal are in the air as red-hot artist Phil Noto (Uncanny X-Force) joins superstar writer Daniel Way in Thunderbolts #7! As part of Marvel NOW!, Thunderbolts turns up the action and brutality, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver the best ongoing stories, great for new and lapsed readers alike!
I started picking up this book because I so loved the previous Thunderbolts comic. By keeping the same title, Marvel has played upon the goodwill that they previously built up to get me to give this one a chance. But, for good or ill, this is not the Thunderbolts that you remember. Has Marvel leveraged the Thunderbolts brand to introduce me to a new book that I’ll enjoy, or have they trod its good name into the mud, forever tainting the happy memories I associated with it?
They are all heroes who had, or have, their own individual titles: Red Hulk, Punisher, Deadpool, Elektra, and Venom. Formed by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, his team of Thunderbolts is charged with “cutting out evil like a cancer.” Can this group of loners fall in line while sharing the same red and black color scheme?
The Marvel NOW! Initiative rolls forward, featuring soft reboots and gentle nudges ton established continuity. Perhaps one of the more drastic changes to the Marvel Universe occurs within the pages of Thunderbolts #1. A new team, a new mission…will this be a new addition to your pull list? The review awaits after the jump!
This December, prepare for a deadlier brand of justice like lightning as Thunderbolts #1 kicks off the all-new ongoing series from the top-selling creative team of Daniel Way (Deadpool) and Steve Dillon (Punisher MAX). As part of Marvel NOW!, Thunderbolts joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!
Or – “It Used To Be Called ‘Thunderbolts’.”
Apparently, the several-issue arc in New Avengers with Norman Osborn’s latest attempt to clone the Avengers was a huge hit, warranting that it take over this book.
Either that, or Marvel just loves selling us the adventures of people whose assembled archetypes vaguely resemble the Avengers of yore. Whatever the case, your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Or – “To Understand A Paradox, One Must First Understand A Paradox…”
A time-traveler always has to be careful not to step on any butterflies or sleep with one’s own forebears, even if she does look like Lea Thompson, but you’d think that a man as smart as The Fixer would know that you can’t kill yourself in your own past… That’s just basic temporal physics, and it’s about to cost the Thunderbolts big-time.
Or – “Solo Songbird Story Time! (Doo Dah! Doo Dah!)”
The Thunderbolts have been through a lot of changes since their inception during Heroes Return, but Melissa Gold (aka Screaming Mimi, aka Songbird) has been one of my favorite characters in any version of the team, as well as one of the only constants throughout the team’s history. With the ‘Bolts cascading through the timestream, Songbird has been left behind, and has some time on her sonic-powered hands…
Or – “A Fear Itself Joint, As If There Was Any Question…”
So, that’s fun.
Fear itself is slamming into the Thunderbolts, and Marvel sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Thunderbolts #159, for you to check out, after the jump.
Or – “Why The Best Leaders Aren’t Always Obvious…”
I’m a firm believer that it’s never a good idea to try and fully apply real world thought processes to the adventures of our four-color imaginary friends. (Faithful Spoilerites who pay attention will note that I break virtually all of my rules anyway, on a shockingly regular basis.) Recent noise out of Marvel Comics seems to indicate that a coming storyline will deal with a split in ranks the X-Men, leading to two factions, one of which will be led by Wolverine. The ridiculousness of Wolverine leading anything brought me to an important and faintly shocking revelation: Super-hero team leadership is very seldom about actually being a leader.