Jeff Parker & Kev Walker
I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed with the new direction of this title. Warren Ellis had a real vision for the team as he made them a really dark force during Civil War and Dark Reign. While I get that Jeff Parker is tasked with fitting them into a new brighter state in the Marvel Universe, it seems to just lack that vision, which is too bad because I think Parker has done some pretty amazing things with Agents of Atlas and the X-Men. Gone is the natural catty banter between teammates that made the dynamic beween its members so fun. They still joke around, sure, but it's just a bit stiff and is used to help move the plot along more than to have fun with the characters and this great situation. And Ghost, who's been a mysterious, paranoid figure, is reduced to a pretty uninteresting pale version of himself. Juggernaut and Crossbones haven't really done much to make the team more interesting, aside from Crossbones being perhaps more evil and ready to turn his back on the team than anyone in the team's past, although Man-Thing's eerie presence is a welcome addition to the book. Even the art seems much less exciting than past issues of the book. I've liked Kev Walker in the past on Annihilation: Nova and the recent Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard mini-series, but I've been pretty underwhelmed on this title thus far, especially with the looks he gives to USAgent (bulky and just odd-looking) and Moonstone (never graceful or very feminine, as her personality demands). Overall, I just think this creative team isn't a good fit for this book, unfortunately. The Thunderbolts are going to need another facelift much sooner this time around.