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• It Had To Happen – Thunderbolts V. Thunderbolts!

• Years Ago, In The Wake Of The World’s Battle With Onslaught, The Thunderbolts Were Formed To Protect A Planet Devoid Of Heroes – But They Were Villains In Disguise!

• Now, The ‘Bolts Of The Modern Day Come Crashing Into Their Earliest Days – And Will Make A Decision That May Destroy The Marvel U – Or Save It! Parts 1 & 2 Of 3!

Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Declan Shalvey
Colors by Chris Sotomayor & Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Mark Bagley, Drew Hennessy, & Chris Sotomayor

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TheNextChampion04/04/12NoRead Review
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  1. I’m excited for this and I’m so happy Declan Shalvey is getting the art duties for this big story. No offense to Kev Walker, but Shalvey has worked his butt off to get into the rotating of this series so it’s nice he’s getting some love for his hard work.

    Also, I’m still probably going to drop this once the series changes names. So maybe this will be a good story to drop off once it’s all done.

  2. I picked up the last issue and I thought it was fantastic. The art was great. I’m looking forward to this issue.

  3. why is this parts 1&2 of three? is this issue longer?

  4. Ghost is one of my favorite Marvel characters. Love his design and love his charaterization. I hope he has a spot on the Dark Avengers or somewhere written by someone I enjoy.

  5. This is a great title.

    Thunderbolts: A consistently good comic book.

  6. i wonder if this arc holds any significance to the upcoming dark avengers rebranding. will it set up the storyline at all or just start fresh with #175?

  7. Maybe they’re doing one of those Marvel re-title/split/relaunch things.

    So we’ll have a Dark Avengers title AND a Thunderbolts title to buy.

    Like they did with DD/Black Panther for a while.

    Like they did with FF/F4, Cap & Blank/new Cap, and JIM/The Mighty Thor.

    It would be nice if they made one of them a direct subscription title (preferably the $3.99 one).

    More Marvel B-, C- and D-list heroic villains and villainous anti-heroes? I could read that.

  8. I love how there is so much fanfare for the 15th Anniversary for this team yet they are going to rename them in a few months. Unbelievable.

    But anyways, this was a fun issue and I love Shalvey’s art in this. He tries to mimic Mark Bagley but you still get a lot of Shalvey’s designs in this. Although a Gorilla-like Mr. Hyde was a bit weird. Still, fun issue to start a fun arc.


    • They might be doing a relaunch of Thunderbolts, by giving this numbering sequence a new title, one that ties in with a “pre-existing franchise” (a hot one, Avengers), they can then launch a new #1 issue of Thunderbolts as a merchandising campaign around the 15th anniversary of the original title, and celebrate it that way.

      They’ve done at least four of these “calving-off” maneuvers recently, and even other books are constantly spawning spin-offs. Look at Venom, Scarlet Spider and Avenging spinning out of ASM, the relaunch of Daredevil, the relaunch of captain America (with Winter Soldier as a spin-off already), the relaunch of fantastic Four, and the relaunch of Thor.

      I could see them pulling a Justice Society/JSA All-Stars style split, and giving us Dark Avengers for 24 issues, as well as two-years of a low-numbered Thunderbolts that reclaims its #200 issue as its #25.

      They seem to like that kind of stuff.


    • @player1: I don’t think that is what they’re doing. Jeff Parker said in an interview that the team that’s stuck in time is still around. Half of the book will deal with them, while the other half deals with the Dark Avengers. Or maybe they trade arcs….something to that effect.

      So it’s the same team, but they changed the title around only because new people are coming in.

  9. Fun bit of nostalgia, this. Thunderbolts #1 was one of my first comics. Loved the interview in the back.

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