Thunderbolts #163

Event\Storyline: Fear Itself Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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YOUR EYES DO NOT DECEIVE YOU! The Thunderbolts have pulled off THE GREATEST ESCAPE IN HISTORY, and joining the powerful ex-cons are CAPTAIN AMERICA and NAMOR the SUB-MARINER! This new era takes the kings of supercrime to a whole new level - at light speed!

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Patrick Tobin Sep 9, 2011

    What issue one hundred and sixty-three brings to Thunderbolts is another abrupt left turn for the book. This is less jarring than it would be on more steadfastly-built franchises; indeed, the only consistent aspect of the T-Bolts' entire run is their willingness to make those turns, sometimes into oncoming traffic. Jeff Parker started his run with the book on one track, then jumped it to another, and now jumps it again, and the result is one of the few mainstream superhero comics where it seems like anything could happen without having to rewrite the universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 11, 2011

    Consequence: Earlier in the week I talked about how Hulk (Parker's other Marvel title) has hit the point where you just know it'll be good. Well, Thunderbolts is at that point too. We're up to ~20 good issues in a row. The story is always fresh, exciting and attractive. It's a shame Marvel isn't pushing either of these titles heavily in the digital market because I have a feeling they could be very attractive to new readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 9, 2011

    The bottom line here was that this was an exceptional comic that I enjoyed reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Sep 26, 2011

    So let's talk opinions. This was actually a really good .1 issue. We usually don't get too many of those. I liked the way we got a great present day story mixed in with a classic retelling of the team's origin. An excellent starting on point for new readers to get a general idea of the history of the team and where it currently is today. The battle was pretty cool too, so the book did have some action. Also, the sarcasm and banter was here as well, making the issue well rounded. With some nice premonitions, it allows new readers to actually get a feel for where these stories are heading. The art this issue was incredible as well. Great action shots and detailed panels. The two page spread showcasing every Thunderbolt was mesmerizing. I loved the river inside Satana's lair. Really eerie. In general, this book is always a lot of fun to read and I can't wait to see the confrontation between the two teams when they finally do meat. That's my opinion folks. Take it or leave it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Sep 8, 2011

    Amidst a month of reinvention and bold changes, Thunderbolts #163 does some of the best work in opening new avenues while retaining its now trademark blend of humor, action, and unpredictability. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 13, 2011

    As far as bad guy teams bordering on goodness go, Thunderbolts isn't quite Secret Six for me, but it's not trying to be either. It's still a lot of fun and surprises that'll keep you guessing as to who's going to lean which way each month, and you can't ask for more out of a book than that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 22, 2011

    "Thunderbolts" is one of the rare titles that each and every one of my comrades on the CBR Review Crew have taken a chance at reviewing and almost all of the reviews under Parker's reign have been positive, consistently garnering three-and-a-half or more stars. This issue is no exception, and if you're one of those readers who just hasn't taken to heart what we've been telling you, then pay attention to this: THIS IS A GREAT SPOT TO START READING A VERY GOOD BOOK! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 9, 2011

    This is a bizarrely fun turn of events, and while I don't know (nor do I want to know) how long this story will last, I plan on enjoying every chapter of it while I can. "Thunderbolts" from Parker and Walker has been consistently good, and this issue is no exception to that rule. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Sep 16, 2011

    Hold on to your cowls, Thunderbolts, things are about to get weird. As this comic pulls itself from the snake's coil of Fear Itself, there are a few things on the cover that deserve immediate mention. First, the "Justice, Like Lighting" tagline makes it return, an off-and-on motto of our favorite team of half-assed bad guys. Also, there is a proud statement of this being "1ST ISSUE OF A NEW ERA", an odd declaration considering this book is not offering a new creative team, roster or philosophical direction. Probably the most notable thing on the front of this week's Thunderbolts is the indication that Captain America and Namor are now part the new team in some capacity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 7, 2011

    Parker's impressive character work has maintained its consistent quality along with Walker's detailed pencils, but the Invaders cameo combined with the confusion still not cleared up from the previous issue's cliffhanger hurts the overall narrative. What happened to the giant fiery Man-Thing storming through the city last issue? It is hard to say, but hopefully once the Nazis are done getting punched, someone will figure it out. Read Full Review

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