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The new era for Marvel's always-evolving, always controversial team kicks off here! It's a beginning, a return, a departure, and an arrival of a new artist (MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 & 4's Kev Walker) all rolled into one in a fresh, shocking status quo! The most dangerous people on Earth are now all in one hellish prison, and the only way out is through rehabilitation and contribution to society via The Thunderbolts...under the leadership of the steel-hard-skinned Avenger named Luke Cage! So bring on the first participants: Juggernaut! Crossbones! Ghost! Moonstone! And...Man-Thing? Against the sordid recent history of the group as a black ops kill squad, can Power Man restore the Thunderbolts to their rightful potential? Find out as the entire series is revamped, and also discover why ComicsBulletin.com says: "Jeff Parker writes villains with his typical panache... This is why I read comic books."
Luke Cage, the new head of the Thunderbolts program, arrives at The Raft and gets verbal confirmation from Ghost and Moonstone of their participation. Cage next meets with Juggernaut and tells him he didn’t want him on the team, but someone put in a good word for him, who happened to be Professor Xavier (unbeknownst to Juggernaut). Crossbones is next, who was put on the team to promote Cage’s effectiveness by alienating everyone else. Cage meets with Mach V and he takes Cage to their “transportation”: Man-Thing. Hank Pym explains that Man-Thing has a special relationship with a time/space connection and that an implant Pym developed will allow them to use Man-Thing to teleport to their desired locations. The team leaves the facility to perform maneuvers and while Cage lectures the group, he gets knocked out with a blast from out of the blue – from Baron Zemo?