Friday, December 2, 2011

Shadowland: Thunderbolts TPB

I finally caught up with the missing issues of Thunderbolts. Too bad the trade had to tie-in with the average Shadowland crossover. Fortunately Jeff Parker is a good enough writer to connect where he needs to, but still focus on his more interesting core plot.

The first few issues are a great showcase for Juggernaut, Crossbones, Moonstone, and the other evil members of the Tbolts. Crossbones has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and seeing him fighting so effectively with his new powers is pretty awesome. I love his callous murder too; it’s totally pointless and totally in character.

Then the Avengers come to visit. Steve Rogers, Thor, Luke Cage and Iron Man show up to take Ghost, Juggernaut, and Crossbones on a mission. Of course, things go wrong when Ghost inserts himself into Man-Things teleporting path. It’s a nice little character piece (featuring a hilarious talking frog) where each of the characters gets to flex their muscles and learn a little about themselves at the same time. The highlight has got to be how Iron Man takes out Ghost.

Ghost is the star of the final issue too, when he tells Moonstone his origin. It’s suitably tragic, making a fascinating character even more riveting.

Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey share the art duties and do a great job keeping things consistent. When Thor finally meets up with Troll, Walker does a tremendous job telegraphing the shock, but it’s still a great delivery when it happens. The design on that little frog man is wonderful too; too bad he has such a tragic end!


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