Thunderbolts #143

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

Story by
Jeff Parker
Art by
Miguel Sepulveda
Colors by
Frank Martin
Letters by
Albert Deschesne
Cover by
Adi Granov
Publisher
Marvel Comics
Cover Price
$2.99 (USD)
Release Date
Apr 28th, 2010

Fri, April 30th, 2010 at 7:52PM (PDT)


Like something out of "Looney Tunes" or an old Marx Brothers movie, the Thunderbolts battle amongst themselves for possession of the spear of Odin, one snatching it from the other. This alone would be comical enough, but then the Mighty Avengers join in.

Parker handles the Mighty Avengers quite well, but this issue very nearly loses the Thunderbolts team due to infighting, some betrayal, and the quest to be better in the heat of battle. The Thunderbolts wind up splintering apart and get taken down rather easily, allowing Quicksilver to unleash his nasty side in the process in a full-page of hyperspeed beatdown. Following a brisk dismantling of the Thunderbolts, the Mighty Avengers charge off into battle that will be told elsewhere as this issue skips ahead two weeks to begin the setup of the next iteration of the Thunderbolts.

The exact details of the Mighty Avengers battle, as well as the final outcome of "Siege" aren't directly spoiled here, but let's just say some surprises become unsurprising.

I like Sepulveda's page composition, as well as his character renderings, but overall, the issue felt erratic and at times unfinished. Part of that may have been due to Martin's full-fledged colors applied to the pencilwork of Sepulveda in a story that could have been rendering in more muted tones.

Sepulveda's Quicksilver -- especially at high speed -- is stunning and indicative of a perfect match of character and artist. On the flip side, and through no fault of Sepulveda's, I do hope that Ant-Man finds a less Ultraman-ish costume before he appears anywhere else.

Parker, in delivering this closing salvo of this version of the Thunderbolts, continues to exude amazing comprehension of the Marvel Universe with seemingly relative ease. From "Agents of Atlas" to "Thunderbolts" (and the Avengers featured therein) there doesn't seem to be character that he cannot write. I haven't been a stringent fan of "Thunderbolts," rarely purchasing an issue, and never consecutive issues, but in reviewing these past two issues, I've found myself anxious for more of "Thunderbolts." It'll be interesting to see what Parker does with this book post-"Siege."

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