Friday, January 12, 2007

Thunderbolts #110

Warren Ellis & Mike Deodato Jr.

Spinning out of Marvel's huge Civil War crossover event comes the much-anticipated relaunch of the Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts, of course, originally appeared as "yet another superhero team," but shocked readers when, by the end of the first issue, the team was revealed to be made up entirely of villains. There were a lot of C-rate villains involved, like Songbird who used to be known as The Screaming Mimi. This new team of Thunderbolts consists of more A-List villains. Kind of the supervillain version of the New Avengers, if you will. We have Venom, Bullseye, Songbird, Moonstone, Green Goblin and a few obscure names: Penance and Swordsman. An ecclectic group that's sure to play off of each other marvelously under Ellis' pen. I never really read Thunderbolts before this to be honest, so I don't know much of the history of the group, but all of that's thrown out the window here for the most part with Civil War's introduction to the Marvel Universe. The Thunderbolts are now a government-sponsored group who are closely monitored and controlled by nanotechnology, who, in exchange for freedom in the foreseeable future and plenty of money, fight for the U.S. government, taking down superheroes who haven't abided by the Superhuman Registration Act. It's a pretty cool premise and there's sure to be plenty of things that go wrong to keep things exciting. The first victim of this arc that the Thunderbolts are assigned to take down is a real D-List guy, Jack Flag. Very generic American-Pride superhero, buddy of Captain America's - very obviously the good guy. Kind of disappointing for the team's first hunt, but there it is. And speaking of Captain America there was a one-page "ad" during the news broadcast in this story where Captain America is strongly portrayed as a villain and beaten to a pulp to the delight of the children playing with action figures of the Thunderbolts. It was a little much. I did really like Moonstone's "initial interview" scene. It was kind of chilling with some great dialogue. The whole thing felt kind of grand, with the elaborate mountain base and transport vehicles and scout missiles. It's all very fun. Things are still in the process of being set up, but thus far, it's a great superher - ahem, supervillain book. B

1 comment:

Tony said...

nice review, I'll definitely check this one (probably in tpb)
happy new year btw :)