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Thunderbolts #3: Review

Jul 2016
Jim Zubkavich, Jon Malin

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There is no high road part 3: Mistakes were made

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3.5 stars

Thunderbolts #3 Review by (August 5, 2016)
The Inhumans are just used here to set the authorities against the Thunderbolts. But at least it isn't made a gratuitous Civil War II tie-in.

We see some of the Inhumans' powers this time. Crystal's control of the 4 elements manifests as blasts of fire and water. Flint just effectively controls the earth element and uses it to form a rocky exoskeleton. We see Grid's magnetokinesis affect Mach-X's armour's hardware/software. Naja has traits of various animals. Gorgon like Crystal is 1 of the royal family we met way back in Fantastic Four #44-48, but he was crippled by a shot to the spine in All-New Inhumans #1. Swain wasn't in last issue and we don't get to experience her telepathic empathy. Apparently the ship's 'brain' is also an Inhuman named Hub.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thunderbolts #3 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The team have just destroyed a load of alien pods that resembled Inhuman Terrigen cocoons. But the Inhumans detected them too and now Crystal and friends attack because they believe it is really new Inhumans who have been killed. And she's not listening to reason.

Naja takes on Moonstone who's still recovering from being 'killed' by Kobik last issue. Flint picks Atlas and Gorgon tackles Winter Soldier. Crystal easily repulses Mach-X but he fights back. So she gets Grid to disrupt his hi-tech armour. Meanwhile Fixer tries to invade the Inhumans' ship controlled by Swain.

Giant Atlas uses Flint to bat Naja away from Moonstone. Bucky Barnes wrecks Gorgon's 'wheelchair'. Fixer succeeds in taking control of the ship and orders the Inhumans to surrender, which they do. He messes a few bits up so it'll take them a while before they can get it running again. Crystal still doesn't believe WS when he tells her the pods were aliens not Inhumans. But the Thunderbolts leave anyway.

Crystal reports back to Medusa. Grid and Swain say the cocoons may not have been Inhumans but the Queen doesn't (want to) believe their original scan was wrong. She contacts SHIELD with a recording of the conflict and demands they hunt the criminals down.

Maria Hill calls in Captain America (Steve Rogers) because of Bucky's involvement. And in the recording she recognises the young Cosmic Cube Kobik, which makes it imperative they catch these guys. Cap asks to be allowed to go it alone. Hill allows him to try, but SHIELD will be hunting them as well.

Back at their base the team discuss the mission, Bucky reads Kobik a bedtime story, and Moonstone tries to recruit Fixer into a plan to manipulate the 'little girl' to their own ends. But Fixer thinks she's too dangerous to let live.

Jon Malin
Jon Malin
Matt Yackey
Jon Malin (Cover Penciler)
Jon Malin (Cover Inker)
Matt Yackey (Cover Colorist)


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