So, General “Thunderbolt” Ross is putting a team of maniacs together to do the dirty jobs that other heroes just can’t handle?
I like it.
The first issue of Daniel Way and Steve Dillon’s Thunderbolts isn’t much more than a few montages built around the premise of Ross putting his band of nutjobs together, but it works for a couple of reasons. For starters, the guy Ross seems to identify most with is The Punisher, and that gets me excited. Ross explains to Frank that he finally understands how to approach the bad guys-- by “cutting them out” like an infection. The idea of Red Hulk and The Punisher teaming up to wreak havoc on villains is very promising.
The second reason this book works for me is Dillon’s art. He killed it on the Punisher Max series, and this book almost feels like an extension of that one, especially the tone of it.
So to recap, if we’re getting a Thundebolts book that feels like Punisher Max, I’m in. The fact that Elektra, Venom, and Deadpool are part of the team is just icing on the cake. The first issue may have been a little slow, but with this group, business should pick up in no time.
4 out of 5 Potential Dream Teams