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Thursday, January 8th, 2009
9:48 pm
[mneiai]
The New(New-New?) Thunderbolts team
So, what do you guys think about the revamping of the line-up?

Personally, considering how much this whole Dark Reign thing sounds like something out of Zemo's playbook, I'm hoping we'll eventually see him, possibly facing off against Osborn *crosses fingers* Yeah, wishful thinking, I know.

I'm kinda excited for Eric O'Grady, though.
Monday, June 16th, 2008
2:38 pm
[mneiai]
#120 Icons
I'm not particularly artsy, but it's hard to mess up 100% on word bubble icons, so I thought I'd share.



The rest are here.
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
8:43 pm
[leonardo_grave]
#110
so what's the verdict loved it or hated it?
Friday, October 13th, 2006
11:31 pm
[jim_smith]
Whoa, there's a bunch more people reading this than the last time I checked.  Is this because of the Warren Ellis announcement or something else?

Well anyway, I went on about it in my own LJ when it happened, so I better get back over here and discuss it: What do you think of the new direction beginning in Thunderbolts #110?  Love it?  Hate it?  Scared of it?  Only care because of it?

I have to say, what's keeping me optimistic about the whole thing is how hard Marvel seems to be trying to prove that this isn't gonna be another Fightbolts fiasco: Half of the new team comes from the Fabian era, the past six or seven issues have been directly building towards this, and we even get a Baron Zemo miniseries so we don't have to say auf weidersehen to our favorite sockhead.  They're trying their best to make a good impression, and I appreciate that.

I'll certainly miss Fabian, but lately it's been apparent to me that I like him on T-bolts because the book is safe with him; the irony is that he based his first storyline around the idea that this is a comic that mustn't be safe or let the characters get comfortable.  He's always made sure that crazy crap is constantly shaking up the team, so it's not exactly unthinkable that now they're working for the feds and they get saddled with a lunatic like Bullseye.  I'm not sure who's leading this team--Songbird, Moonstone, or Norman Osborn--and I don't care because I'm pumped to see them all jockeying for position.

Oh, and I just noticed Newsarama has some promo art from #110.  Check it out.
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
4:28 pm
[jim_smith]
More on the big changes
I think by now everyone here has heard about the ending of Civil War #4, and how it hints at the much-hyped new direction for Thunderbolts.  If not, it's mentioned briefly in this article.

All the Rage has reported that a new creative team is coming in for the change, with the writer being a "high profile British creator, who has recently been doing a lot of work in the Marvel Universe." The artist remains a secret.  The report goes on to say that Fabian Nicieza will have another project (aside from Cable & Deadpool, I presume) to keep him busy.   Bear in mind that All the Rage deals in rumors and scuttlebutt--by definition you should take this report with a grain of salt.

With that in mind, read what Tom Brevoort said about the future of T-bolts in his own blog:
All you've heard at this point at most are unsubstantiated rumors. Until the point at which we actually announce what it is that we're doing, I'm not going to be able to tell you anything substantial. So you're just going have to wait another few weeks, until we're ready to talk about it. (But I will tell you that the cast of characters seen at the end of CIVIL WAR #4 is not precisely the cast that'll be in the series.)
So I think the best attitude to take with this is to wait and see. Tom suggests the announcement will be in a few weeks, which makes me think it could have something to do with other things that will happen in a few weeks, like the release of Civil War #5 or the advance solicitation for Thunderbolts #110.  Then again, I was sure all would be revealed at SDCC, then at Wizard World Chicago, then after Civil War #4 came out.  I'm still not sure what the hold up is, but I'd wager the big reveal gives away a major Civil War spoiler, so now that it's running behind Marvel may have to wait longer than they'd intended.

I'm remaining optimistic that we'll get a good creative team (if we are indeed getting a new one) and some if not all of our favorite characters.  The possibility that Marvel could screw the pooch is still looming overhead, but I truly believe they learned a valuable lesson from Fightbolts and will take great pains to avoid even the appearance of repeating that mistake.
Friday, September 22nd, 2006
6:59 pm
[elsewhere7]
Monday, September 11th, 2006
9:43 am
[elsewhere7]
From the Blatimore Con.
Well, there was a Cup O'Joe Panel</a> at the Baltimore Comic Convention last weekend. They discuss the usual upcoming projects and address the chronic book lateness in ways that I am positive this is not the forum to discuss them in.

Anyways, they mentioned Thunderbolts briefly.Collapse )

Well, that was...purposely vague. Anyways, what do people think is going to happen with the book and the team, now? Any bets on potential new members? (My money's on Quicksand, since it does not seem likely at all we'll get Jolt back.)
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
8:50 pm
[elsewhere7]
Thought.
One, thanks to the Smiths and others for helping me with the T-bolts issues and minis and such. I've managed to find and complete my whole T-bolts collection, so I'm happy, and reading the series in one fell swoop.

But something's been bugging me lately...

See, even in the 2nd series, there's a sense of ongoing within the issues. Like, when the T-bolts are dealing with the rogue Antlanteans, there were interludes to the Squadron Sinister stuff, the Great Game, The Swordsman and Killgrave before the big reveal. It's continuous; while one storyline is happening, other stuff is waiting in the wings.

Now, with Civil War...there's the Grandmaster stuff after that. That much the solicits have told us, and the Grandmaster has been hinted at for some time. But, there doesn't seem to be anything else. No interludes, no asides, no 'meanwhiles,' and nothing that hints to post-Grandmaster stories.

So, I'm a little nervous, because I'm betting we won't hear any news until Wizard World Chicago, which is...I think the end of next week?
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
3:03 pm
[elsewhere7]
Quick issue question.
I'm considering rounding up my T-bolts issues this weekend. Which, for me, involves searching through a whole mess of comic longboxes in various states of Not In Order.

Now, there's T-bolts 1-75, Avengers/T-bolts 1-6, and the current series up til now. And I am SURE I'm not remembering other issues, such as annuals and specials. Does anyone have a checklist?
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
9:16 pm
[jim_smith]
Huh.  I'd been expecting the Grandmaster storyline in Thunderbolts to be pretty paint-by-numbers--two groups of heroes engage in pointless fights to settle a wager with cosmic stakes, yadda yadda yadda.  Apparently Zemo's amassing a vast supervillain army to take the fight directly to Grandmaster in #106.  Judging from the cover it's not gonna work, but I gotta hand it to them for having the balls to try.

I'd been meaning to comment on something the editor (or whoever answers the mail) said in the lettercolumn of #103--that Thunderbolts is predominantly about the characters' failure to get where they want to be, and that this makes the book frustrating for fans and off-putting for newer readers.  Nicieza is saying stuff like this all the time, and I never buy into it, because the book suffers when Fabian treats the team like losers.  If you ask me, Thunderbolts really clicks when the team, for all its warts, surpasses expectations and does what other heroes wouldn't, couldn't, or shouldn't do.  Stuff like defeating the Elements of Doom or standing their ground against the Avengers is what makes the team so much fun.  In the sense that they make mistakes and don't always do the heroic thing, I can see where the folks at Marvel are coming from.  But it's hard for me to think of the T-bolts as failures because for them it's a small victory for them to stay together, stay out of jail, or simply stay alive from day to day.

I think that's what I like about the audacity of plotting to fight a frigging Elder of the Universe.  Even I don't think the Thunderbolts can pull that off, and yet they'll somehow make it to the next issue to come up with some other crazy job.  Their motives vary but they're always too damn stubborn to know when to quit.
Monday, April 24th, 2006
2:22 am
[chiefseamonkey]
T-Bolts Ink
I got this a few days ago.

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Why the T-Bolts symbol? Because. It's one of my favorite comics, plus, I like the idea of second chances and working for redemption.
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
4:09 pm
[jim_smith]
The Tbolts100 Challenge!
On March 8, Marvel Comics will release Thunderbolts #100.  In honor of this milestone, I have issued...

THE TBOLTS100 CHALLENGE!!!

The challenge is simple.  Email me a 100-word story about any of the Thunderbolts.  The stories may feature anyone who has ever been a member of the Thunderbolts, but does not have to be set when they were on the team.  So if you want to write about Mach-IV when he was the Beetle or Hawkeye when he was an Avenger or Photon when he made any sense, feel free. 

The only hard and fast rule is that the story must be exactly 100 words.  (The title, if any, doesn't count.)  One-hundred-word fan fiction, or "drabbles," are popular in many online fandoms, so if it's good enough for Harry Potter it's good enough for Baron Zemo, right?  Right.  Drabbles don't take long to write because they're short, but it can be tough to cram a whole story into such a small space.  (It's not called the Tbolts100 Cake Walk, now is it?)  My advice is to experiment with the format and not worry about whether it's perfect in the end.  Have fun with it.  If you're stuck for ideas you can email me for help.

I want to have 100 writers submit one story each by March 8, in time for me to unveil them all--some 10,000 words total--on the day Thunderbolts #100 ships.  If I get enough stories I'll let everyone vote for the best one and award some kind of cool prize.  So don't delay--tell your friends, and get to work on your Thunderbolts story today!
Friday, January 20th, 2006
3:31 pm
[leonardo_grave]
websites
anyone know of any currently update thunderbolts sites?
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
6:07 pm
[jim_smith]
Finally picked up my copy of New Thunderbolts #17 today, only to discover a major printing error that left a dark stain over half of page 21 (where Zemo is explaining that Baron Strucker wasn't really killed in Wolverine #25).  I haven't seen anyone else complaining about this, so I don't know if the error appears in every copy or just the ones distributed to my local area, or just the one I picked up.

If I can find a good copy, I'll probably pick it up next week.  Until then, can anyone give me a scan of that page?

Oh, and in case anyone missed the April 2006 solicitations...

THUNDERBOLTS #101
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Pencils by DALE ROSS
Cover by TOM GRUMMETT
Zemo and Songbird? When did that happen? A new base, a new mission statement, and a new outlook face the no-longer-new Thunderbolts!
32 PGS./Rated T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99
9:50 am
[halogin]
Hey hey!
New member here, just saying hi. I've been reading comics since '03, and my interest in T-bolts was sparked when I started looking into playing Songbird in an online Marvel RPG. Now I'm at the point where I based my LJ layout around her. (Just one of several iterations, but Mel's the latest.)

Not much more to say than that, so...hello!

- Virginia
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
4:52 pm
[elsewhere7]
Man. Issue 17/98 came out last week, and no one's said a word? Thunderbolts, now that I'm looking back, was probably one of the most consistently good comics out of 2005. And the first issue of 2006 gives us a big reveal. I didn't see the clues, so I did not see it coming.

Spoilers for 17Collapse )

Current Mood: surprised
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
8:12 pm
[jim_smith]
I keep forgetting that not everyone here may be reading Alvaro's Thunderbolts Message Board.  There's an interview up with New Thunderbolts penciller Tom Grummett.  The word association stuff is great.
7:49 pm
[pacoman]
New Member and New T-Bolts #13
Hi! Found this community a few weeks ago and, seeing as I just got the latest issue of New Thunderbolts (and the first one I've managed to buy), I figured this is as good a time as any to join in.

So, brief thoughts on the issue, and what I've seen of the series so far:

+ Lovely artwork by Tom Grummet; it's somewhere between Mark Bagley and Alan Davis, which works great for the book.

+ Nice characterization, particularly on Songbird, Dr. Chen and Dallas.

+ Surprise guest stars!

- It's a two-parter, and I'm not sure if I might be able to get #14.

- Being a two-parter, the PWNing of the New Avengers didn't happen here.

? Was Joystick coming on to Songbird?
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
9:28 pm
[leonardo_grave]
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
6:54 pm
[jim_smith]
Comic Book Resources has a nice big article on New Thunderbolts in which Fabian Nicieza discusses plans for upcoming issues.  Tidbits include the House of M tie-in, the first New Avengers/Thunderbolts meeting, and the resolution of Baron Strucker's fate following his contradictory appearances in New-Bolts and Wolverine.

Oh, and Fabe hints at plans for the event of the decade, the big 19th issue of New Thunderbolts, which is sorta kinda Old Thunderbolts #100.  Be there, aloha!
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