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 – “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
According to Marvel, Fear Itself will also affect the Thunderbolts by Jeff Parker and Kev Walker. “Not that it’s ever calm and stable in the world of Thunderbolts, but now with Fear Itself we blast into catastrophic,” explains writer Jeff Parker. “The job of the team just got several times harder– I’d say we’re going to need TWO teams to deal with what happens when one of our people become Worthy” This June, the Thunderbolts learn the true meaning of terror when one of their own loses control and unleashes the God of Fear’s unrelenting wrath on the team. Thunderbolts
Or – “Of Course, The Shield Came First…” Continuing our Major Spoilers Star-Spangled Weekend™, and so far we’re running an average of 3 stars for the items reviewed from the big, dumb month of June 2010. Another batch of comics (featuring the first star-spangled hero, as well as several former heads of state) is on the chopping block… Will our average go waaay up, or waay DOWN?
Or – “Poochie Is Proactive. He’s In Your FACE. He Doesn’t Just Get Busy; He Gets “Biz-zay”!” Back in the day, my friend Karl and I used to say that there’s a fine line between “high concept” and “dumb joke.” Any idea, story, or setup can be boiled down to a three-sentence marketing pitch (“How ’bout this: Snakes. On a PLANE!”) but the real test is in what you DO with your concepts once that pitch has been approved. A prime example would be Howard The Duck: “Outsider trapped in a world he never made” created great satire and deep emotions when