This title is creepy now, where it was once more ornate and mysterious, and the off-kilter factor is raised when we are reminded just how off-balance Osborn can be even in low-key moments. With this new iteration, Ellis has come up with a kind of anti-X-Men. Rather than fighting to save the world or protect their own kind, this team is fighting to enforce the new status quo, to line their own pockets, and their version of Professor X is an unbalanced pill-popper. Read Full Review
Thunderbolts #111 proves to be a bit of a let-down, especially considering the potential that was shown by the first issue. Whilst some room is made for social commentary in the book thanks to Ellis' subversive use of the team as a focus of media spin and government propaganda, it's presented inconsistently here (Bullseye is unsalvageable in PR terms, but the public is ok with Venom screaming "Kiiillll" at every available opportunity?), and this issue sidelines those elements to present a relatively shallow story about a superhero being hunted down and captured by villains in the employ of his own government. If this is indicative of the status of the post-Civil War Marvel landscape, then I can see myself tiring of the new status quo pretty quickly, and I can only hope Ellis manages to add some further depth to the book with his next issue. Read Full Review
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