This Marvel NOW announcement caught the interwebz off guard.
The Thunderbolts is a long running title chronicling a team of captured villains put on a team to do “hero stuff” so they can get early parol or whatever. Actually I don’t get or understand the point but that isn’t really important anyway lol. The were prisoners let out to do stuff and usually led by a hero (right now that is Luke Cage).
This team isn’t that. Not even close.
Yes, it has some “anti-heros” but this team isn’t looking to be reformed. Instead, it gets its name from the Red Hulk… who is actually General “Thunderbolt” Ross. Clever.
After the jump, a look at the new Thunderbolts team.
The team is led by Rulk, but also features:
– Agent Venom (Flash Thompson). Flash is a former war vet that lost his legs, but was given the Venom symbiote to use for government missions. He is constantly fighting the symbiote for complete control. Currently, he has a solo book and is a member of the Secret Avengers. According to the writers, the symbiote is going to be un-neutered and un-inhibited which is going to be awesome.
– The Punisher: Castle is a street level destroyer of bad people. He kills and kills without remorse… he doesn’t give a fuck. If you do bad you are dead. He is constantly at odds with the heroes but never stops. It will be interesting how he ends up on this team as he usually only works solo. Plus, it will be interesting to see his reaction around killers like Deadpool and Elektra… his MO would be to put a bullet in their head.
– Deadpool: The merc with a mouth. A top assassin who recently lost his healing factor and is still dealing with that.
– Elektra: I thought she was dead but I guess not. She is a Hand trained ninja and one of the best assassins in the MU.
This team has one thing in common: They will kill you. And apparently this isn’t going to be a black ops, secret mission team. They are going to come in and kill you as loud as possible. Sounds good to me.
My only reservation with the book is the writer, Way. He isn’t exactly Remender so I will keep my fingers crossed. Other than that, this book is right up my alley and a must buy for me.