I just finished the second story arc of Thunderbolts. It started out good but then got bland towards the middle and had and anti-climatic ending which IMO is bad. TheAcidSkull was right, I'm not a fan of Daniel Way to say the least. The book had SO much potential and fell flat under his pen. Daniel Way wrote them all out-of-character and that I'm looking forward to Charles Soule taking over. I hope they bring Phil Noto back on art.
I'm sad that the book is ending. Jeff Parker is an amazing writer and the art was top notch!
Some people thought that the book should have been renumbered as #1 rather than take over what Rulk had; especially since it was part of with Marvel NOW! I think that a #1 would have generated more interest possibly.
Thunderbolts 1-6 was bad. I never heard of Daniel Way nor Steve Dillon before this book came out? I came back to comics because of Red Hulk, I loved both Loeb and Parker's run. I've been a fan of Elektra and Punisher for years and I loved Venom's Circle of Four. Daniel Way had made mistakes, but I think it got better with Thunderbolts 7. Phil Noto's art with GURU eFX's colors are incredible, and Daniel Way wrote a much better script then the first story arc. I'm curious to see what the new creative team will do.
@theacidskull: I hear you, I love Rulk. I was disappointed in the story at first. Everyone was out-of-character and I'm not a fan of Steve Dillon's pencils. Daniel Way's run ends after #10 and then Charles Soule takes over for two books. Marvel is says that they will announce the new team by the end of the month.
@theacidskull: OK, I see your point. In the first story arc Daniel Way did a lot of things that were out-of-character and we all said WTF?!? This is the first time he is writing these characters other than Deadpool and I think Punisher. I imagine that he didn't do enough research and actually "read" previous stories? IMO he should have focused on the five main characters before bringing in the Leader and Mercy.
Starting with #7 Thunderbolts has become a much more engaging story then the first story arc. Our favorite characters seem more like themselves and the story has been great so far. Thunderbolts is finally living up to the expectations that fans had and the book now has the WOW-Factor!
Daniel Way is finally on track with this book. This story arc has been great so far. He created a complex and intriguing story leaving you on the edge of your seat. I agree with Corey, Steve Dillon isn't the right fit for this book. Phil Noto's art combined with GURU eFX's colors are fantastic. For those of you who have doubts, read Thunderbolts 7 and 8 and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
@theacidskull: There was a side-plot with the CIA that Daniel Way was developing, rather slowly. He talked about that with General Awa's back story and also with Ross' younger days. It looks like he is tying that with the Avengers to meet in the future, which I think is cool IMO. I wish that Jeff Parker, Rick Reminder or Greg Rucka was the writer on Thunderbolts.
I'm not sure why it took Daniel Way six issues before he finally got it right? Thunderbolts #7 was the best one so far. There was an actual plot, the characters were compelling, and left me wanting more. Phil Noto's art combined with Guru eFX colors was amazing! I'm not thrilled with Steve Dillon coming back, I hope that it's just that one issue that focus on the Punisher.