Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Declan Shalvey
Release Date: April 18, 2012
This month Jeff Parker continues the Thunderbolts’ journey through time but, as is the Thunderbolts way, nothing in this issue is what you would expect. Parker’s success with this title has been largely because of his commitment to keep this book fresh and this issue is just another example of this. Issue #173 is nowhere near a typical superhero team time travel book, because these characters are not your typical heroes. I’m not going to spoil what occurs in the issue, it’s too much fun to discover yourself, but I will say that the last page is an absolute shocker that will no doubt have a huge impact on future issues of Thunderbolts.
Declan Shalvey handles the art duties in this issue and DELIVERS. The script is strong, don’t get me wrong, but the art in this book is engaging, dynamic and solid throughout the book. Shalvey, as usual, has a diverse cast of characters to pencil in this book and he handles them all easily. He also does an excellent job of penciling the “old” Thunderbolts in a different manner than the “new” Thunderbolts. This isn’t just different costumes, their entire demeanors are different, as these are truly different people by this point in time.
Thunderbolts is a truly unique team book in the Marvel Universe and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable adventure featuring some dynamic and entertaining characters.