Marvel Comics 2016
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Jon Malin
Coloured by Matt Yackey
Lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino
With that whole Pleasant Hill madness this was one of those things that excited me. While I still wonder why Bucky isn’t on the Moon being the new Nick Fury i’m willing to forget that for now, unless there’s something big on the horizon that Jim’s gonna tell us about. The Thunderbolts seem to have been a staple in the Marvel Universe since it’s creation and I’m okay with that let’s face it when villains act like heroes for whatever reason we’re excited by it. While Songbird isn’t in this incarnation the fact that Bucky with Kobick is leading this group of on again off again villains has a lot of potential.
Actually with Bucky’s past it makes sense that he lead a group like this though with strong personalities in the mix, yeah we’re looking at Karla Sofen, aka Moonstone, I think this is another opportunity for Jim to really shine. So far he isn’t disappointing either. What I really think is smart is the character choices and that it seems like the team is kind of scaled down. With the Fixer, a Forge style villain, being the brainy type who the others will have to defend more often than not there really is an opportunity here to showcase something different than what we’ve seen.
The interior artwork is nice, strong and at times puzzling. But Jon has a great eye for composition, storytelling, ie how to use pages and panels for an effective flow, and he definitely brings emotion to the table. There are times though I have to ask how does a rear end do that to armour as we see on page four? I mean wow what a mega strong booty to warp the material that way! Or is this a suit with armour plating placed on it? See having trouble there so a little more attention might be good. Also there is heavy 90’s feel going on here with the shoulder accoutrement which sometimes kind of disappear, consistency boys. Though the clubhouse normal clothes part was pretty awesome.
Jim brings us a really nice set-up for the series here. There’s action, a purpose somewhat revealed, and enough great personalities to make us eager for more. Plus i’m honestly dying to know if anyone outside this team knows Kobrick is with them. Since that’s a whole nother can of worms waiting to be opened. That little girl, for intents and purposes, with this group has that perfect dichotomy to it that shouldn’t work but totally does. Plus with the lead-in and how this issue ends there’s no question about if you’ll come back, that’s a YES by the way.
They’re a going a different route with this series than what is considered routine or “normal” for Marvel and it’s this continued outside the box thinking, Yes i’m referring to Moon Knight as well, that makes this series more intriguing and worth reading to me.