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New Thunderbolts #8

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"A Shock to the System"

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Tom Grummett(p), Gary Erskine(i), Chris Sotomayor(c)
Publisher: Marvel

Thank the cosmos that Tom Grummett and Gary Erskine are finally back to full duty on Thunderbolts.  Their artwork keeps everything snappy and anatomic.  The colors appear vivid, and the end result is that the T-Bolts looks like a super-hero book and not some muddy-hued mature title aped last issue.  Though, Photon--nee Captain Shiny Face Marvel--needs a costume or needs to be out of the book.  Either one suits me.  No, that's a lie.  I really hate this guy.  Reminds me of cocky-smug Hal Jordan.

Nicieza's writing was never really at issue.  Sienkiewicz's inappropriate artwork simply distracted.   Nicieza handles drama and comedy equally well, and this issue leans a little more toward the latter rather than the former.  The amusement begins with the recap text page--deleted after a second thought from Abe Jenkins and continues immediately with the opening battle of the T-Bolts against--YES!--Batroc Ze Leaper and his Brigade of Equally Lame Mercenaries.

Following the defeat of Batroc, Nicieza intimates that Photon just may have his albino ass kicked out of Thunderbolts by former Captain Marvel, former Photon, Monica Rambeau.  Damn right she should be pissed off.  She lost her name twice to this bozo.  I am really looking forward to this.  No, it's not because I hate this guy.  Okay.  It is.

The main plot of the book focuses on the heist that Speed Demon was trying to talk Blizzard into partaking, but Nicieza really pulls the insulation over the eyes of the reader.  Since he's focusing on "reforming" villains, the reader assumes that this gives Nicieza a little leeway with the cast's behavior, and although it does, Speed Demon surprises.  As does the guest-villain, a not quite so lame former Spider-Man foe.  Speed Demon's punking of Blizzard is also a real hoot, and the note is a nice touch.

Just when you think the book is winding down, another former villain decides to pay the T-Bolts a call, in a very loud and typically overblown manner.  Truly fun and a massive improvement over last issues Secret Files style crud.



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