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Thunderbolts #2 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on December 21, 2012 AT 09:52pm

The second installment of the newest volume of Thunderbolts is here, and with Daniel Way steering the ship, things are headed in interesting new directions. Way has introduced most of the new cast, though the secret team member that has been hinted at in previous conversations about the book has yet to show. With General Ross leading this team of individually focused warriors into some morally fuzzy territory, it’s going to be interesting to see how this team unfolds, or if they implode. So far, it’s been a mixed bag.

With the team assembled, they head to the little-known city of Kata Jaya, near the land of Madripoor, where things have never been anything but complicated for anyone involved. The mission to overthrow a dictatorship is one that the team may not be too ready for, and with some members already at the throats of another, this missions may not go as smoothly as anyone would have liked. Tempers flare, bullets fly, and Deadpool has a few hilarious one-liners that remind readers of Way’s past running the Merc With A Mouth’s solo book.

Way has his work cut out for him taking on several major characters from the Marvel Universe with this title, his first team book. So far, it’s gone well, with each character more or less living up to the reputations they’ve gained throughout their exploits. While Agent Venom, Flash Thompson, seems a bit more a hothead than he usually shows and Elektra all but non-existent throughout most of the issue, the dynamic and split of time in each issue seems to still be an ongoing process. While some will be more heavily featured than others in certain arcs, the split should be about even through the first few, and thus far, it’s not quite there.

Artist Steve Dillon is working hard on making this book a good one in terms of visuals, and thus far, he’s accomplishing his goal. The artwork is smooth and the colors by Guru eFX is solid, though not as layered as other books. The shine may be lacking a bit, but the shadowing work is stellar, the characters are all accurately depicted, and from an art standpoint, little more can be asked of Dillon, which is a good sign. The cover work is similar to the first issue, which is vastly different from the interior artwork, and looks so out of context to the rest of the book it borders on unworthy. While a dynamic cover, the blurry, oil paint-like cover doesn’t fit with the interior work, making it not as impressive.

Summary: The T-Bolts are back and more dysfunctional than ever, with each team member an individual star, though on a team, they may not be so stellar. The first mission was a mixed success, and looks to not even be over as of the second issue. With such a large team, making them fit together and giving them the amount of focus needed seems to be proving difficult, but all in all, Thunderbolts is a great success so far.

The Good: Excellent Artwork, Great Writing

The Bad:  Under-Utilization Of Key Characters

The Ugly: Cover Work Doesn’t Mesh With Interior Artwork

Score: 8.0

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. 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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