Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Daniel Way
Art by Steve Dillon
Colors by Guru-eFX
Letters by Joe Sabino
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco & Billy Tan

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

You know it’s funny. I don’t think I ever kept buying a book because it was bad. Usually when a title is horrendous I have to stop buying it. So why am I still going to buy Thunderbolts? I’m actually jumping the gun aren’t I with stating this is terrible right? So let me go back and explain myself…

The drop in quality of this title is surprising. The first issue was so good I really thought that the hate for it was going a bit over the top. But now with these last two issues it is clear that the hate is quite justified. Daniel Way can be a great writer (see Deadpool) but clearly he is going to the ‘by the numbers’ approach with these characters. It probably doesn’t help that his cast is filled with the same personality type. Hard to really feel for Flash Thompson’s anger when it feels the same from Red Hulk or Punisher. The only highlight for me in this issue was Deadpool. Way has a great handle for him and he at least made me laugh a little bit with some of his one-liners. But you add in some pretty racist dialogue from the natives of Madripoor and it balances out any sense of enjoyment you could have in this issue.

It is also a shame that Steve Dillon is really showing his flaws in this title. He’s drawn these characters in some capacity during his career but there seems to be no love on these pages. The action is sterile, the characters rarely emote, and he keeps drawing the same faces for some of these characters. You know the enemy they’re facing are like lemmings when they all look and dress the same. At least it is good to know that Guru eFX didn’t run out of Red to color this issue.

So yes, this is a pretty bad title and I would advise anyone to avoid this at all cost. But for some reason I can’t bring myself to drop this series just yet. “It’s so bad it is good” the old adage goes. I am getting entertainment on just how bad this book can get (with some sprinkle of real humor when it pops up). Plus with the announcement of Phil Noto, of all people, coming in soon to draw this series it makes it even more difficult for me to drop it. This series will probably get to bad I’ll be angry and decide to drop it. As for now though? I’ll enjoy this bobsled ride into obscurity Daniel Way and Steve Dillon are cruising for.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 2 - Average

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