Thunderbolts #159

Event\Storyline: Fear Itself Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Declan Shalvey Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Now the Thunderbolts will begin to learn the true meaning of FEAR ITSELF! Frank Tieri, Jen Van Meter & Joe Caramanga join series writer Jeff Parker to give us all a side of the story as the Thunderbolts try to hold themselves and their world together against tide of anarchy!

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Jun 22, 2011

    So why is this a Fear Itself tie-in? Nothing really happened that had anything to do with Fear Itself. Juggernaut or any of the Worthy did not show up. There was no big battle that I really wanted to see. So other than conning stupid people into buying another book, there really was no reason to make this a Fear Itself tie in. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 23, 2011

    Overall, though, there's a lot crackin' over here in Thunderbolts, and we can only hope the hammer nonsense wraps up soon and these creators can get back to their real stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jun 23, 2011

    A very solid issue that expands the events of Fear Itself on the Raft. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Jun 24, 2011

    The four stories showcase the long arm of Thunderbolts and the built-in ability to reach into just about subsection of Marvels diverse library. Only the Avengers brand is better at it. Then again, there are stories about the villains of the Avengers and Boomerang. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Jun 22, 2011

    This book is a solid title, and gives us some insight into one of the major events of Fear Itself; even if the Raft is repaired, there's still a lot of villains out there on the loose. After all, there needs to be threats for the superhero population to contain, and these events mirror the start of New Avengers with another Raft "breakout." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Dan Iverson Jun 22, 2011

    While the price seems steep, the package you get here is worthwhile if you are a fan of the series. Likewise, those enjoying Fear Itself may enjoy seeing the aftereffects of a run-in with one of the most powerful members of the Worthy. As for those longtime jaded Marvel fans that have seen it all, this issue will have a familiar "been there, done that" feeling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jun 27, 2011

    Still, that's better than most anthologies, and it's hard to find too much fault with being given more material, more cheaply than if it had been two separate issues. This, if nothing else, is an experiment I'd like to see repeated, and that's all the encouragement I need to call it a success. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jun 23, 2011

    Well, I did enjoy the first story, but the rest of it? Meh. I mean none of it is what I'd call bad, but I don't get why this issue was made into a double-size, four story comic... Instead of paying $5 for a bunch of filler stories, I'd have been happier paying $3 for my regular single issue T-Bolts story... It's that price that had a lot to do with the score I'll be giving this one... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 24, 2011

    There's a lot of complaining that giant devastating events never have consequences, so it's nice to see Marvel attempting books like this one (and this week's Avengers issue as well) that give us a first-person look at the 'wide-screen' carnage that has become Marvel's trademark. Given that we're working with four different writing teams, you shouldn't be surprised that some stories work better than others, but what it really boils down to is that a story like this works when the central characters are strong (and humanized) enough to carry the narrative. Thunderbolts #159 is a mixed bag with some real gems in the mix, and even brought down by Crossbones and a prohibitive price tag, it ranks an above-average 3 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

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