REVIEW: Thunderbolts #1

Written By: Daniel Way

Art By: Steve Dillon

Price: $2.99

General Ross is on the hunt recruiting for his new team and he’s going for the Merc with a mouth Deadpool, Agent Venom, Elektra and the winner of the “least likely to join a team” award in the Punisher. Sadly the only clever thing to come from here is the connection of the series’ title and Ross.

One of the coolest things about the Red Hulk is that he is Thunderbolt Ross and after so many years chasing down the original Hulk he is now one himself. Talk about irony. Since he became an Avenger Captain America is the only one that knows his secret. Now it appears that he is fine with people knowing who the Red Hulk really is.

How many times can one man say that they dislike Deadpool? I think there is a possibility that I have gone past my limit but the rare instances that I have enjoyed him is during Remender’s Uncanny X-Force. Hopefully in the long run the ability to have a more toned down Deadpool because he isn’t the figure head will help this series in the long run but my optimism for that drops just because Way also wrote the recent Deadpool series.

The most focus given to the recruitment process is on Punisher because lets face it, Frank doesn’t play well with others and even then its explanation just results in a massive groan.

The art is awesome and when I say that I am talking about the cover because the interior is just plain horrible. My first experience with Dillon was in the 50th anniversary tribute in Avenging Spider-Man and he managed to ruin what was actually a pretty sweet story by the inability to convey any emotions. All the characters look the same. However if they managed to at least not look completely bland I could potentially find some way to excuse it. Is it possible that the quality of the story itself isn’t as bad as I think it is? Sure but if I have to look at something that I don’t like throughout then it will always leave a sour taste in my mouth regardless.

Thank you Julian Totino Tedesco for at least something worth looking at.

Score: 4.0

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