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Thunderbolts #140

Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010
By: Ray Tate

Jeff Parker
Miguel Sepulveda, Frank Martin with Giovanni Kosovski (c)
Marvel Comics
"Acceptable Losses"

Venus' song sours upon discovering the disemboweled body of the Uranian. That's bad news for the villains known as The Thunderbolts.

I only bought Thunderbolts for the Agents of Atlas appearance, and their presence here is merely okay. Namora succumbs to the toxic yellow fog early and the Human Robot is downed twice. So, the potential for eye-popping possibilities of super-powered violence lessens considerably.

On the bright side, Venus displays the flip-side of her voice-controlled love power, and it's a nasty weapon that allows the reader to peek into the villains' greatest fears. Grizzly's arachnophobia is the most interesting one, but I base that that opinion on familiarity. Perhaps, somebody more in tune with Mr. X will better understand the antagonist's focus on Wolverine.

Although I didn't really care about what happens to the villainous stars of Thunderbolts, I could still appreciate how Parker uses them. Villains are expendable. Heroes are not, and Parker engages this story axiom to generate some laugh out loud funny black humor.

The artwork in Thunderbolts is decent, but the funky colors--due to the unusual environments--make it difficult to fully admire. Miguel Sepulveda, Frank Martin with Giovanni Kosovski do however imbue Venus with apropos beauty.

If you're a fan of the Agents of Atlas, you might want to wait until this issue is collected into a trade volume with all of the Atlas team-ups. If you're a fan of the villains in question, this might be the issue for you.



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