COMICS: First Look At THUNDERBOLTS #2 Sees Red Hulk And Venom Come To Blows

It was inevitable that this team would be just a bit.. dysfunctional, and it seems old Rulk and Flash Thompson will be the first to mix it up. Read on for the cover and some brand new artwork from the second issue of Thunderbolts..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 12/13/2012






Over at Newsarama Daniel Way discusses the team dynamic in some detail, and reveals that the pink-haired character glimpsed in the first issue is in fact lesser know Hulk villain, Mercy. It seems this extremely powerful lady will also be joining the ranks of the Thunderbolts..

"She's one of those characters that really wasn't all that well defined on the page in her previous appearances, but she has a history with the Hulk and with Ross. On paper it seems like she could literally do anything. She's one of those beings who seems to be limited only by her own mission statement and even that in her case is very vague. She's kind of an angel of death character where if you want to die she's there to make sure it happens.
What's revealed in the character's continuity is that the people she goes after may act like they want to die, but they actually don't. She's a little more concerned with how they seem though, and she's particularly fascinated with the Hulk probably because of his whole inner struggle. Because she's kind of been off the board for awhile Steve and I can realistically change her a bit. We don't have to pick up exactly where she left off. So in the interim she's changed, but not substantially. We've decided that she's more reverted than changed. You'll find out that there's a reason why she's been off the board when she first comes into play."


Click on the link below to read the full interview.









Source: Newsarama
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TheDpool - 12/13/2012, 7:22 AM
Still hating on Flash being venom
drfate - 12/13/2012, 7:31 AM
interior artwork SUCKS, why is red hulk's (I refuse to say 'Rulk' - freaking awful) hand so tiny?
punkstealingluggage - 12/13/2012, 7:49 AM
Despite everything (i.e. The Punisher being on a fraggin' team run by a Hulk; and the fact that Ross is hanging out drinking coffee in his Rulk form lol)...IMO the most rediculous part of all this is that they all have color coordinated costumes to match said "Rulk"...

I somewhat enjoyed issue #1, except for the fact that Dillon is drawing PunisherMAX instad of the bearded, scarred recent Rucka version. And while i don't "hate" Dillon's superhero work...his "blood" always looks like ketchup to me

Okay i'm done talking sh!t. We'll see how this goes...
punkstealingluggage - 12/13/2012, 7:50 AM
Okay in Dillon's defense, Castle's eye is better in the currently running Warzone mini...
elessarundomiel2382 - 12/13/2012, 8:03 AM
Having red on venom....doesnt that make him Carnage.
elessarundomiel2382 - 12/13/2012, 8:06 AM
Its cool how the team is called Thunderbolts and General ross' nickname is Thunderbolt Ross.
Thegeekygurl - 12/13/2012, 8:15 AM
Marvel seems insistent on proving the are the best at sucking.
marvel72 - 12/13/2012, 8:22 AM
rulk looks like his about to knock one out in that splash page.

thunderbolts 1 was alright it had its moments,i may pick up the trade paperback when available.
kevberg - 12/13/2012, 8:26 AM
Wow, I know a lot of folks like Dillons stuff, But man, his compositions are so static and boring.
SpideyQuad - 12/13/2012, 8:29 AM
Dpool, well we partially agree on something. I just plain hate Venom and anything to do with that stupid character. Funny thing is I extremely disliked the original "secret wars" starting with the beyonder.
pepe - 12/13/2012, 8:44 AM
The art is bad... not the good bad! Am not liking it. ..... And whata f happens with Rulks mustach when he turns?
FlashhGordon27 - 12/13/2012, 8:52 AM
Haven't read issue 1 yet. I originally couldn't wait for this series.....and theeeeeeeeeeeeeen I saw the art *shudders*
birdfists - 12/13/2012, 8:54 AM
This guy's art is horrid, when he did ork for the Incredible Hulk in 'Stay Angry' I was pissed, now he's killing another book.

It's terrible.
HelaGood - 12/13/2012, 8:58 AM
i REALLY hate that art. bought the first issue, but couldnt get through it...
triggerleo - 12/13/2012, 9:13 AM
I just want to know how Venom turned his white to red
CharlesLord - 12/13/2012, 9:19 AM
i really thought that was carnage...dafuq is up wit that?
Xiim - 12/13/2012, 9:19 AM
@pepe

@slyde
yes his eye is fine but he now has a scar across it. that is one of the problems with having this series premiere before war zone finished.

Also if I remember correctly... Venom could transform into street clothes for Peter when they were bonded and I don't believe they were restricted to monochromatic colors... so Venom should be able to switch his colors fairly easily.

I have no problem with Dillon's artwork on certain projects. I was fine with him on his MAX titles and he works well with ground level, more based characters....

He is completely wrong for this series though. You have have Venom, Deadpool, and a Hulk on this squad... things are going to get fantastic and insane. I feel like he draws Red Hulk way too small, he looks like he is about the height of how he drew his Kingpin... he is just a big, beefy guy instead of a monstrosity...

And Venom? When he gets angry his suit devolves into a mass of tendrils and teeth, its something that thrives with an imaginative artist but Dillon is way too rigid to do a good Venom.
avengersleagueofjusticeforamerica - 12/13/2012, 9:25 AM
I want to love this book so bad but..... It was a serious letdown. Thank god I didn't cancel my subscription to the original thunderbolts which is now dark avengers. Better art, more sensible cast, and fun to boot. I won't give up on this book yet though.
8thDynasty - 12/13/2012, 10:05 AM
I want to like this book but the art is atrocious.
ChivesMcKay - 12/13/2012, 10:52 AM
Is this professionally done? Love the cover artwork but man that interior is awful.
jimoakley666 - 12/13/2012, 11:07 AM
Nice cover. The map on the board next to Frank on the interior page is Isla Nublar from Jurassic Park. Google it.
indigomx9 - 12/13/2012, 11:43 AM
I herd similar rumors on Steve Dillon, his Preacher was good, but he shouldn't draw costumed hero's. I was skeptical from other message boards. I bought the book and was surprised, it was decent.

Dillon did draw Frank sort of like Jesse Custer from Preacher at times but overall it was decent. I wish that Frank still had the beard from the Rucka book. Rulk is the wrong proportions in some panels but it's not a deal breaker for me.

According to the March 2013 solicits from Marvel, Phil Noto takes over for the art in issue #7.
CrashTest - 12/13/2012, 11:53 AM
Will someone kill Red hulk please.
Temple - 12/13/2012, 12:23 PM
Shame, great team, but executed poorly by the writer and artist. And people thought JR had bad artwork..
SageMode - 12/13/2012, 2:14 PM
Cant stand Dillons artwork.
SolidSnake007 - 12/13/2012, 3:17 PM
Red Hulk sucksssssssss. Can someone explain to me how the hell did he deserve to become the Red Hulk? Rulk is a damn joke.
SolidSnake007 - 12/13/2012, 6:07 PM
wait so Rulk's mustache goes away when he transforms but the hair on his head doesn't? SMH.
Mentok - 12/13/2012, 8:43 PM
Dillon FTW!!!
Rulk - 12/14/2012, 7:14 AM
@solidsnake007 - Short hairs of Ross like eyebrows, mustache, body hair withdraw within his swollen red flesh. The hair on his head is longer and just spikes out.

RULK RULEZ!!

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