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Thunderbolts #13 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on July 25, 2013 AT 08:59pm

Charles Soule’s second issue as the newest writer of the Thunderbolts has now arrived, and like the last issue, it features a closer look at one of the members of the team. This time it’s the mysterious Mercy, the strange woman who joined the crew during the Kata Jaya arc and hasn’t been heard from too much since. This time, she is the foundation of the issue, and her strange and dangerous story will likely lead right into the newest arc of the series, the first from Soule as the new voice of the Thunderbolts.

Mercy is a very strange woman, whose abilities are extremely powerful and whose mood is rather stoic. In this issue, Mercy’s story is revealed to one of the members of the team by their leader, Thaddeus Ross. While Mercy herself is a mystery not only to Ross and the rest of the team, but seemingly to herself. Her destructive history and her dealings with not only with Ross himself, but her original adversary, Bruce Banner.

Soule is making a bigger and bigger name for himself as time passes, and his work on this book so far has been one of questions. So far, he hasn’t answered many of them, not quite distinguishing himself from the shadow of former writer Daniel Way, but with this issue especially, he’s sure as hell trying to show his own style. As this Mercy one-shot unfolds, Soule takes a more poetic and darker writing style, explaining the history of Mercy with sorrow and fear. This is vastly dissimilar to the work of Way, who is much more fun-loving and at times, a bit indifferent. This is a great, well-written issue and Soule looks like he is preparing for much bigger things.

Phil Noto has continued to do his thing as artist for the team, though the art style is something that isn’t fitting for the tone of this issue. The bright colors and defined figures look great, as they always do, but with how dark and intense this issue is, the brightness seems to offset the dark a bit. It looks very pretty though, in a near-animated sort of way, keeping Noto on list of talented artists, along with colorist Guru eFX, that can really get the job done on a major title.

Summary: Charles Soule is doing a solid job of making this book his own in these last few issues. While his tone seems to be offset by the art style of Noto, this book looks like it may be on the upswing once again after a few disappointing installments. With all hope, the first arc of this series will be a new start for a series that was already fledgling  this early into the series, but as with many books, it has its ups and downs, and it may be moving back up with this new creative force .

Pros: Dark, Exciting Plot

Cons: Unknown Future, Offsetting Artwork

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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