Marvel’s May Solicitations – Thunderbolts no. 1

THUNDERBOLTS #1
Jim Zub (W ) • Jon Malin (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY MARK BAGLEY
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
AGE OF APOCALYPSE VARIANT COVER BY TBA
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY TONY PIPER
FROM THE ASHES OF AVENGERS: STANDOFF!
They’re a renegade team rampaging across the Marvel Universe under the direction of the Winter Soldier! But are the Thunderbolts heroes or villains—and do even they know for sure?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

In March and April, Bucky Barnes will get back into the Marvel universe with a bang during the Standoff! crossover. Then in May, we’ll see him appear in two very different new series: Thunderbolts and Captain America: Steve Rogers.

It’ll be fascinating to see how the dynamics of each of these series play against one another. Bucky will (presumably) be a member of Steve’s team in Captain America (fighting the good fight against HYDRA and alongside dyed-in-the-wool heroes like Sam Wilson and Sharon Carter), but he’ll also be leading his own, very different kind of team in Thunderbolts, which will include Moonstone, the Fixer, Atlas, and MACH-V. All of these characters have villainous pasts, and I’ll actually be very interested to see how Steve feels about that arrangement. When the new Captain America series was announced, I have to admit that I wasn’t very excited about it, but if there’s a chance that Thunderbolts could liven it up a bit with some personal tensions, I might be persuaded to give it a shot.

Given that this is all spinning out of Standoff!,  I can’t help wondering if my initial speculation is correct—that the reason we haven’t seen Bucky since the end of Secret Wars was because he’s been a prisoner in Pleasant Hill. If so, and if the other members of the Thunderbolts were trapped there with him, we may see some very intriguing relationships develop between this roster of anti-heroes, both in the crossover and as the new series progresses. In any case, the prelude to the Standoff! crossover—Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1—is out today, so we’ll know soon enough.

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