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Thunderbolts #12 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on July 5, 2013 AT 08:16pm

Thunderbolts is making a major change, and for the first time since the newest volume, there is a new writer at the helm of the book. Daniel Way has taken his leave from the book, and Charles Soule is now the man behind the most insane team in Marvel Comics. This issue is a very Punisher-heavy issue, with Frank Castle taking some of his usual drastic measures to take care of some unfinished business.

This looks like a new direction for the team, with Frank looking more in control than he ever has within this team. Taking care of some unfinished business not only with the lingering threats from the last arc but some interpersonal conflicts as well. This issue doesn’t do much to solidify Soule’s new direction, but this at least lets Soule show his voice as the new writer of the series. This isolated issue does breathe a bit of new life into the inner-workings of the book, bringing even more conflict into an already conflicted group that had also become pretty stale in terms of plot.

Soule is brand new to the book, so his work here cannot be quantified just yet. His work in the past on other titles gives off a lot of hope though, as it seems Daniel Way was beginning to phone it in a bit through the last few issues. Having a breath of fresh air in the title looks as though it will be helpful though, as the interest in the book was beginning to wane.

Steve Dillon on artwork and Guru eFX are both continuing pieces from the original group working on the title, and so the art has kept to it’s bright and shiny self, with its defined lines and brilliant colors. While this isn’t the look that the book feels it should give off, it is a great looking book that should be appreciated if for nothing else.

Summary: If nothing else, the new writer on this book should provide some well deserved energy into the way this book has been running. The artwork has continued to be solid, and while there is no real way to judge how this book is going to go, at least having something new should help. A big congrats to Daniel Way on a solid run, despite the lackluster exit.

Pros: Solid artwork, new energy.

Cons: No sense of direction with new writer.

Grade: B-


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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