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Thunderbolts #8 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on April 22, 2013 AT 09:14pm

With writer Daniel Way’s run winding down, the Thunderbolts have returned with the latest issue in the second arc.  With some shady arms deals going on, Thunderbolt Ross and his team are doing a bit of recon. Though not everything goes to plan, this issue is showing some major cracks in the team, and a few cracks in some skulls as well.

This issue seems to make use of some flashbacks, taking the reader to the point before the major cliffhanger of issue #7. With the group completely disjointed and the mission carrying higher stakes than ever, this series is looking to escalate quickly, especially with the divisions between Deadpool, Elektra and the Punisher. Their odd triangle is making for a major focus, and for a major conflict for the team.

Daniel Way isn’t long for this book, as he’s elected to leave the comforting arms of Deadpool for the first time in years to pursue other projects. However, during the time he has left, he’s writing a pretty solid title. This one doesn’t have the action or the excitement of the past issues, but serves as a great set-up to the impending climax of the series, getting a lot of exposition taken care of all at once, giving the reader the ability to put together the pieces of the puzzle and see the villains in question from the very beginning. While the quality slipped a bit on this issue, let’s hope that the last few don’t continue in that trend.

The art team of Phil Noto and Guru eFX has served the series well so far. The book is bright, clean and vibrant, taking what could be a very dark book and making it more fun than it likely should be. While there is a lack of shadowing in the way that the colors are done, but the line-based shading pattern seems to work, once the reader gets used to it. The art has been great thus far, and shows no signs of shifting.

Summary: With the latest installment of the series in the books, the second arc of this new volume is going pretty well, though moving a bit too slowly. Hopefully the pace will pick up a bit before the end of this run, which will be Daniel Way’s last. This has been a  fun series thus far, and while there’s not a whole lot going on in this particular issue, the series as a whole is doing quite well.

Pros: Strong artwork, good characterization.

Cons: Slow plot progression, odd-feeling time displacement.

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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