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Thunderbolts #140: Review

Mar 2010
Jeff Parker, Miguel Sepulveda

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4 stars

Thunderbolts #140 Review by (September 11, 2018)
Sergio Arino did some of the art. I'm guessing the last 6 pages starting with the Uranian curing his teammates.

Ant-Man will visit Cody Twain in #143 after Siege to give him his brother Headsman's axe and costume with the idea that Cody could become a superhero. But we'll not hear anything about that later.

It says here that Ghost is off on a private mission to Iron Man (2008) #20-24. But he is actually sent on that mission by Madame Masque, working for Norman Osborn. He's supposed to kill Tony Stark before his allies can bring him back from brain-death. And the Marvel Chronology Project puts it between #137 and #138 to give Stark more time to recuperate before being Iron Man in Siege.

The Agents Of Atlas will skip Siege to star in a tale in the Enter The Heroic Age 1-shot before having their 5-issue Atlas series.

Norman Osborn will deal with Sentry/Void in Dark Avengers #14 before working up to Siege in the Siege: Cabal 1-shot.

The team themselves will enter Siege proper next issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thunderbolts #140 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Norman Osborn sent his Thunderbolts to exact revenge on the Agents Of Atlas (for reneging on an arms deal in AOA(2009)#1-5). The team got their asses kicked and blame it on bad intel from Osborn (though it didn't look that way to me). The Agents had some of the TBolts prisoner but suddenly Scourge went berserk and sliced the Uranian's guts open with Mr X's sword.

Headsman recovers consciousness in time to witness that, and Mr X leaping to engage Jimmy Woo in a martial arts bout. Gorilla-Man leaps on Scourge but Grizzly separates them and hurls G-Man high into the jungle. In turn Namora leaps on *him* but the amphibian is weakened by the toxin released from last issue's destroyed chemical plant and she's easily downed by Paladin's heat ray (which didn't work so well last time). Mr X pushes Paladin out of the way of a blast from M-11, the Human Robot. Headsman whacks the robot with his axe.

Tiny Thunderbolt Ant-Man is watching from hiding. He was glad his team got beat last issue because he could slip away and go hide in a foreign country and let Osborn think Atlas had killed him. But if the 'Bolts win that won't work.

Venus finds the dead or dying Bob Grayson and lets out a wail of distress which disorients the hearers. TBolt Ghost has also been sitting out the fight, and now adds artificial deafness to his intangibility to avoid the effect. We see Headsman remembering the time his older brother Cody killed his dog Duke because it kept biting him. Mercenary sometimes-hero Paladin regrets the things he's done while working for Osborn. Grizzly is terrorised by a giant spider version of his main foe Spider-Man. Mr X experiences a crushing defeat by *his* hated main foe Wolverine. Scourge/Nuke experiences his worst nightmare, a world where the USA has no enemies for him to fight. Ant-Man regrets abandoning Veronica King, the mother of his child (in the Irredeemable Ant-Man series). Meanwhile M-11 puts himself back together but Ghost phases through him and scrambles his system.

But the Uranian reveals himself to Venus to be alive - his injury was a mental illusion to avoid being attacked again. But when he telepathically investigated the mind of Scourge he got lost in the man's insanity. Now he repeats the warning he gave before being attacked - the Agents need to return to their flying saucer where he can treat them for the toxin they've been exposed to. (The Thunderbolts were given an antidote last issue.) Gorilla-Man makes it back and picks up the limp forms of M-11 and Namora, and all 6 leave in their ship.

But before they go Jimmy Woo gets the Uranian to plant a suggestion in Scourge's mind to kill Norman Osborn the next time he sees him because he's a traitor.

Ant-Man reluctantly returns to his team. Cleavon Twain tells him about his brother Cody who always despised him for being a runt. Their Louisiana family home isn't far from here and they share a laugh about Headsman showing up and lording it over Cody. They and Grizzly join the other 3 who are shooting at the departing saucer. Scourge orders everyone into their Zeus plane.

On the saucer the Uranian cures his teammates. But then he detects another presence. It's Ghost who says he's just exploring their alien tech and then phases out of the ship. He figures he can later claim to Osborn to have stayed hidden on board, but meanwhile he can pursue a mission of his own.

The others head home to their Cube base. Mr X says he saw Ghost sneaking onto the saucer. They get a message from Norman Osborn and put it up on a holographic display. Osborn tells them to get some rest because he'll soon be sending them on their most important mission to Broxton, Oklahoma. He doesn't want to say more at this time (but we know that's the current site of Asgard, and the upcoming mission is part of Siege).

But in the middle of the spiel Scourge pulls a gun and shoots at the hologram of Osborn. Of course the bullet passes straight through and plugs Headsman in the forehead - and of course he's dead.

Miguel Sepulveda
Miguel Sepulveda
Frank Martin
Francesco Mattina (Cover Penciler)
Francesco Mattina (Cover Inker)
Francesco Mattina (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Albert Deschesne.
Editor: Bill Rosemann. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Eric O'Grady)
Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot

(Norman Osborn)

Plus: Agents Of Atlas, Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan), Grizzly, Headsman, Jimmy Woo, M-11, Mr X, Namora, Nuke, Paladin, Uranian, Venus.

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