AVERAGE REVIEW SCORE:
3 out of 5
Civil War: Thunderbolts
(Art by Tom Grummett, Dave Ross, Gary Erskine and Cam Smith)
A tie-in to 'Civil War' by Mark Millar, in which the superheroes of the Marvel Universe are violently divided by the Superhuman Registration Act.
So, to start, who are the Thunderbolts? Basically, they're a superhero team comprised of former supervillains all determined, for individual reasons, to show the world they've changed their ways. This leads to an ironic twist of events, which is this book's best element, wherein the Thunderbolts are sanctioned by the U.S Government to gather an army of former villains to help hunt down and defeat the fugitive heroes led by Captain America.
Sadly, despite the book's cover and title, the Civil War element only features in the latter half of the book. There are some poignant moments between the former villains and the so-called heroes, the best being when the Chinese-national Radioactive Man criticised Mr Fantastic and Yellowjacket, but these elements just aren't prominent enought for my liking.
There's another story here, which features in the first half of the book, about the opposing machinations of Zemo and the Grandmaster, but that story is incomplete and just isn't nearly as compelling as the Civil War.
3 out of 5
Collaborations & Anthologies:
Avengers/X-Men: Bloodties (here)
Banshee: The Wail Of The Banshee!/The Phalanx Covenant - Generation Next (here)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home (here)
Civil War: X-Men Universe (here)
Deadpool: The Beginning Of The End/Suicide Kings (here)
Professor X: Psi-War/The Muir Island Saga (here)
Spider-Man's Greatest Villains (here)
Star Wars: Tales - Volume 4 (here)
The Adventures Of Captain America, Sentinel Of Liberty: First Flight Of The Eagle (here)