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Thunderbolts #5 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on March 3, 2013 AT 06:05pm

The Kata Jayan arc of the brand new Thunderbolts team is set to conclude in issue #6, but before that can happen, issue #5 has to be looked at. With most of the issues in the arc taken care of (the death of a genocidal dictator, the use of landmines, guns, and funny mustaches), there only seems to be a couple of loose ends for the team to tie up next issue regarding the Leader, his brother, and a strange and mysterious woman who looks very familiar (and made her debut this issue).

So far, this has been an interesting starting arc for this team book. With an unlikely team of outcasts joining forces, there are a lot of things that can go awry (and many have). Elektra and Punisher are in a bad way physically, Deadpool is well…Deadpool, meaning he’s out killing things, drawing mustaches on his mask and overall being a very strange man. Venom is the only one with any semblance of control, really taking control of the mission in the absence of General Ross.

Daniel Way is wrapping up this arc nicely, creating an interesting dynamic between the characters that is beginning to take a clear form. While the characters are still in the infant stages of their careers together, some are beginning to get along quite nicely. With the end of the arc coming next issue, it’ll be interesting to see how Way finishes the story and how the characters will interact once the mission ends.

Steve Dillon is doing a fine job with the artwork in this series, so far. While a bit brighter and full of a bit more red than seems necessary (black and red seem to be the team colors of the T-Bolts now), the figure work is really strong and the colors by Guru eFX is bright and vibrant.

I’m going to go on record here and admit something: in the review for the inaugural Thunderbolts review, there was an interior art panel that made the secret, unrevealed member of the team that looked to be the former X-Men/current X-Force member Psylocke. This is a guess I’m going to change, based on the events in this issue. The new thought for the unrevealed Thunderbolts member is going to be Songbird, the former leader of the T-Bolts in one of their previous rosters. Just wanted to throw that out there.

Summary:With the end of the first arc coming, this has been a pretty fun book so far. This issue had a lot less of the explosive action that the first issue did, but it still had its moments. The writing by Daniel Way is very good, and Steve Dillon’s artwork is solid. Looking forward to the reveal of the secret team member and the conclusion of this arc.

The Good: Solid Writing And Artwork

The Bad: Less Action Than Other Issues

The Ugly: So. Much. Red.

Score: 8.0

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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