Marvel’s Sept Solicitations – Thunderbolts no. 5

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Thunderbolts vol. 3, no. 5 (2016)
cover by Jon Malin

• It’s the Winter Soldier versus Spider-Man and only one of them is going to walk away.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

The Thunderbolts will finally be dragged into the Civil War conflict that’s been unfolding this past month, and our first glimpse of how the team (or at least Bucky) might crossover comes in the form of a very intriguing cover—which shows Bucky Barnes taking aim at teen superhero Miles Morales on a dark and stormy night.

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Civil War II no. 6
cover by Marko Djurdjevic

It’s hard to imagine what could possibly compel the Winter Soldier to go gunning for a teenager, but the cover for Civil War II no. 6 (also scheduled for release in September) suggests an interesting possibility. The cover, by Marko Djurdjevic, shows a battle between Miles Morales and Steve Rogers, in which Miles appears to be moments away from decapitating Steve with his [Steve’s] own shield. And as with the cover for Thunderbolts no. 5, the altercation takes place on a dark and stormy night. Of course, I might be reading too much into the similarities between these two issues, but given that this is Marvel’s premiere event of 2016, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suppose that tie-in covers have been coordinated in order to present a unified line-wide image. Also: I have a hard time coming up with anything else that could motivate Bucky to attack such a young superhero, but attacking to stop him from seriously wounding Bucky’s best friend? Yeah, I buy that.

Thunderbolts nos. 3 & 4, cover art by Jon Malin
vs the Inhumans (L) and the Squadron Supreme (R)

It’s been nonstop fighting for the Thunderbolts since their debut, with battles between the Inhumans (issue no. 3) and the Squadron Supreme (issue no. 4) still waiting in the wings. I hope Bucky’s still got some battling spirit left in him by the time he gets dragged into Civil War. (I also hope that the gun he’s holding on Miles in issue 5 is full of tranquilizers, but knowing Bucky I kind of suspect that it’s not.)


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