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Thunderbolts #4 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on February 7, 2013 AT 09:29pm

The Kata Jaya arc continues with Daniel Way’s Thunderbolts. With the collision of Agent Venom and General Ross after the discovery of Ross’ plan to bring The Leader back from his coma, the brand new Thunderbolts team looks as though it’s going to blow up before their first mission is even over.

The first arc of the latest version of this team is a catastrophe waiting to happen, and no one but Daniel Way should be piloting such a potential disaster. This is meant to be more of a compliment than an insult, as the massively combustible chemistry of these characters is something that Way has been doing for years as part of his last run on Deadpool. Considering that two of the characters have already taken swings at each other, this series looks like it’s only going to get more intense as time goes on. In this issue, things go from crazy to insane. Elekta is still captive, Venom goes to save him, Ross executes his plan, and the duo of Frank Castle and Deadpool are looking to take out Sam, the bounty hunter hired by the Kata Jayan leader and brother to The Leader himself.

While there is always a lot more to it than that, this series has all the makings of a classic team-up book: characters, that have been able to stand alone, put together in a combustible mix of anger and mistrust by being forced to work together to get the mission accomplished. While there is a lot going on, there hasn’t been a whole lot of excitement yet, but knowing these volatile characters, things are only building to an explosion.

Daniel Way is one of the most skilled writers at Marvel, especially when it comes to walking the line between absolute insanity and an entertaining series that is always one step away from collapse, in the best possible way, of course. Way’s experience with characters like these shows in many varieties, while still making the characters his own. While the screen time is still a bit off, there is at least more interaction between the characters themselves. In each issue, the team members split off, forming separate pairs and beginning to form a true chemistry.

Artist Steve Dillon has been looking very strong in the last few issues, and that art style continues here. While the cover art by Julian Tedesco is still far too red, Dillon’s vibrant colors and solid line work shines through. The lack of noticeable shadowing is less of a drawback than originally thought, and the action sequences look terrific throughout the issue.

Summary: While not all is well in Kata Jaya, all is well in the realm of the Thunderbolts. Daniel Way’s writing is stellar, with his trademark humor and ability to bend the character to his whim showing through with terrific results. Steve Dillon is proving to be a great pairing with Way, meshing with one another to create a book that is fun to read and to look at. Hopefully this trend continues and the new-look Thunderbolts stick around for awhile.

The Good: Strong Writing And Artwork

The Bad: Not Enough Action

The Ugly: N/A

Score: 8.5

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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