Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Thunderbolts is one of Marvel's best concepts in the past few decades. The original run by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley came out at a time when comics were all about gimmicks - lots of foil covers and variant issues to drum up interest. The Thunderbolts had the best gimmick of all though, a great plot twist at the end of the first issue which gave the series a unique hook. Having villains disguised as heroes led to a lot of fascinating character arcs, as each member of the team reacted differently to their newfound hero status. Some embraced the new outlook and tried to stay on the path of the truly heroic, while others relished in the deceit and grew even more devious. It was a great exploration of some characters that had been around in comics for many years, and it gave them all some real depth. Busiek and Bagley proved once again that every character has growth potential when placed in interesting enough circumstances.