REVIEW: Thunderbolts #110

“Faith in Monsters” – Part 1

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Mike Deodato, Jr.
Colorist: Rain Bareto
Letterer: RS & Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne
Cover: Marko Djurdjevic
Editor: Molly Lazer
Consulting Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I have been debating picking up this issue for a while, probably since the day I first heard about the new direction and the new team members. It wasn’t until I was standing there with the book in my hand that I decided that I’d give it a try – what did I have to loose?

See, there’s a problem with that kind of thinking and I really started my experience with this book off on the wrong foot. I’ve been a fan of Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato, Jr. for a very long time and while I may not agree with everything that Marvel’s been doing with their characters for the last year I shouldn’t sell this book short without giving it a try. So, I’ve given the book a try now. I’ve read the book twice now while I’ve been pouring over all of the other books I picked up today and I’ve got to say I like what’s going on within this book to want to pick up the next issue.

“Faith in Monsters” is the beginning of a whole new phase in the legacy of the Thunderbolts. I may have a few issues with some of the characters being used, but there are some very interesting character interactions going on. Its those character interactions that really has me curious about this new direction. I could really careless about the whole idea of these character hunting down unregistered super humans. That means nothing to me, but its the characterization that I like and Ellis has an ability to really write some great characterization. These characters are twisted individuals and Ellis has the skill to really make them shine.

Mike Deodato, Jr. is such a great artist, but I really shouldn’t have to point that out do I? I mean look at what he’s done over the last few years with Amazing Spider-Man and New Avengers. He has needed a dark group of characters to really dive into with his moody art style and this series definitely has given Deodato, Jr. that opportunity.

Thunderbolts is probably not the series I want it to be, but that’s neither here nor there. What is important is that Ellis and Deodato, Jr. have been given a very dark and dynamic group of characters that require a certain level of skill to make readers attach themselves to and I think they’re moving in the right direction. I’m on board for the next issue and you should be, too.