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Review – Thunderbolts #1 (Marvel Comics)

Thunderbolts #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover (detail) by Kyle Hotz
  • Writing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.3/10
    8.3/10

Thunderbolts #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Release Date: January 13, 2021

Wilson Fisk, the mayor of New York City, hates vigilantes and heroes. But that doesn’t mean he is above putting together his own taskforce of powered individuals to try to stop Knull.

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“Assemble” Thunderbolts #1

Another King in Black tie-in issue is here with Thunderbolts #1 (of 3). Now, with a lot of these tie-ins, for me, it is really based on who is on the creative team. Well, Thunderbolts #1 has a banger of a team-up between writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Juan Ferreyra, two creators that I am big fans of. So, obviously, I am all aboard the Thunderbolts train. So, it is time to see what Wilson Fisk’s ragtag group of villains/anti-heroes can do against the King of the Symbiotes, Knull. In Thunderbolts #1 it doesn’t seem like much, but hey, at least they are trying!

Writing

Thunderbolts #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Ron Lim
Thunderbolts #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover by Ron Lim

Thunderbolts #1 starts off with a very interesting introduction as Wilson Fisk gives us an update on how the team is or has done (note: it is not good). We are then thrust back in time into the team forming and starting their mission. First, Thunderbolts #1 really could have used one of those “yearbook” team breakdown deals. Just a quick shot of who is on the team and what they bring to the table. There are several characters that could have used this to stop some confusion.

Matthew Rosenberg pens a pretty lighthearted jaunt through Thunderbolts #1.  He brings us along as our rag-tag group of villains/anti-heroes fight their way through the symbiote-infested New York. Rosenberg shines with the funny, quick-witted dialogue. It is hard not to least smile as the characters banter back and forth. Though, with all the banter and lightheartedness, it is hard for Thunderbolts #1 to build any tension. It feels like it needs just a pinch of seriousness added to it.

It is still vague on exactly what our team is trying to do. With only three issues, we are still left in the dark about what the exact plan for the team is. But with a surprising cliffhanger at the end of the first issue, that will hopefully be all cleared up in the upcoming issue.

Art

If you read my reviews then you know I am a huge Juan Ferreyra mark. If he is on a series I am at least checking it out, so picking up Thunderbolts #1 was a no-brainer. I always love to see Ferreyra tackle different characters from the Marvel Universe, and plus, I mean, he draws a symbiote dragon, so I had to see that. Ferreyra’s in full form in Thunderbolts #1. Continued fantastic character design. I love his tight, bold lines and just lovely attention to detail.

Ferreyra brings the symbiote-goo-covered world to life with great background detail. One of the things I love about Ferreyra—and it gets showcased in these more lighthearted escapades—is his comedic visual timing and fantastic facial expressions and character acting. He gets a ton of storytelling done just by the way a character is looking or “motioning”. Just delightful stuff throughout the issue.

Ferreyra has a very distinctive coloring style. I am not exactly sure what it is, but it has an almost texture-like look to it, like it seems almost chalky at times. But it is also smooth and clear at the same time. It is very unique and looks great in Thunderbolts #1

Conclusion

Thunderbolts #1 is a hard one for me to judge or to “critique”. I mean, story-wise, it is a fun and interesting story that I will follow the next two issues, but I wouldn’t say you absolutely must pick it up. If you want any and everything King in Black then, yes, grab it. Or just looking for something more lighthearted to read. Juan Ferreyra always delivers spectacular visuals and that is no different in Thunderbolts #1. So, I guess if you are wanting something fun and good to look at then you won’t be disappointed in Thunderbolts #1.


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