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Thunderbolts Classic Volume 2 Paperback – Mar 7 2012
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About the Author
Kurt Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup story that appeared in "Green Lantern #162." Since then, he's worked on just about everything from "Action Comics" to "Zot!," including runs on "Avengers," "Superman," "Conan" and others, and has co-created "Thunderbolts," "The Autumnlands," "Arrowsmith" and more. He's best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning "Marvels" and "Astro City."
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We start with a three-parter of the T-Bolts taking on the Elements of Doom with new member Jolt (unaware of her team's true secret) helping and then teaming with the Heroes for Hire. Another issue has Black Widow sharing a tale of the Avengers with MACH-1 and Songbird as they begin to doubt in their criminal ways. Again, we get the great dynamic, that severa of the T-Bolts are finding they like being heroes more than being crooks and wonder if they can continue.
Then we come to the game-changing tenth issue as the Avengers and FF return and the T-Bolts are exposed. It turns out to all be part of Zemo's master plan as he begins a scheme that soon has over half the world in his grasp. The Thunderbolts must choose against Zemo (with help from Iron Man) in the 12th issue blow-out. Then, we have the two issues of fall-out with the team transported to another dimension.
Busiek proves himself a master of Marvel history, using the past in amazing ways. He captures each character perfectly from scheming Moonstone to arrogant Techno and Zemo paying off his ultimate plan with glee. The issue of the public reacting to how they've been fooled is amazing work with Jolt jarred to discover the truth of her "friends." And Busiek fits in his favorite Avenger, Iron Man, in a way that makes perfect sense and leads to a great battle with stuff like Moonstone ranting on the faults of Zemo's plan and more. It's all mixed in one great package, giving you one of the high points of late-'90's Marvel and deserves a place with any comic fan who wants to see a wonderfully original idea come to frution.