Posted on March 19, 2013 AT 08:33am
The thrilling conclusion the the first arc of the brand new Thunderbolts team has finally arrived, and within these last six issues, a lot has happened. People have been killed, Elektra and Punisher have hooked up, Deadpool’s drawn a funny mustache on his face, a dictator was overthrown and the like. The mystery member of the team is also revealed in this issue (hint: I think I was wrong in the guess made in the issue #5 review), making for a climactic and interesting end to the first arc of the series.
The Kata Jayan arc of the title has been an fun thus far, jam packed with lots of bright colors and pretty explosions. With Red Hulk leading the mission (his reasons for doing so finally revealed in this issue), he, Venom, Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher, and the final member of the team take out the Kata Jayan dictator and do a whole lot of other crazy things in the course of attempting to rescue the Leader, the man with the biggest brain on the planet. This series is really fun, though the plot isn’t anything that impressive. It was a basic mission with the added twist of the completely crazed team members of the new T-Bolts. Likewise, that added wrinkle made it an entertaining read throughout.
Writer Daniel Way is very good at making an important and deadly mission seem like a blast (sometimes literally). With lots of explosions, some heavy petting, and more than the recommended dose of Deadpool, this is more of a serious issue than most others. Even the comic relief in Deadpool is sidelined as he attempts to make his best serious face, taking a firm stance on his feelings about his team members. The final team member is in short supply this time around, but she’ll likely be making herself known a bit more as time goes on. Way will likely have a lot of character exploration for her in the near future.
Artist Steve Dillon has an interesting take on the artwork for this series, and this issue especially. It’s bright and vibrant with a heavy emphasis on the color red, the primary color for the entire team. The artwork has great detail and color schemes, interspersing powerful lighting effects throughout the issue. The action effects are also well done, making this a very well done work, aesthetically.
Summary: With the end of the first arc finally finished, the team is likely about to kill one another since there is no one else to kill at the moment. You know, since they’ve finished their mission, created some havoc, and a few even hooked up throughout the course of the arc. With their new team member in tow, it looks like the Thunderbolts are well on their way to making this team work, or die trying.
Pros: Great Writing And Artwork
Cons: Basic Plot, A Lot Of Red
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