Thunderbolts #171

Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 21, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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As the Bolts continue their escape through time, Songbird escapes for an island vacation. But in Tahiti, a mad scientist sets his sights on Melissa Gold. Will he dare to interrupt Songbird's nesting? Find out here!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Mar 22, 2012

    I don't know what the future holds for this title. So for now, I will keep singing the praises of Marvel's glorious misfits. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 22, 2012

    I've always loved The Thunderbolts, especially the original characters, and the presence of Songbird as a truly reformed super-villain has stood as one of the few things that Marvel editorial hasn't backslid on. Her turns as a future hero in Avengers Forever were intriguing, and it's good to see some definition for a 90′s character who isn't Deadpool. In short, this issue has great character developments, some lovely art, a nice focus on a favorite character, and the trademark Jeff Parker subtle-build-to-awesome moments, making for an excellent overall package. Thunderbolts #171 came out of nowhere to earn a VERY impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars overall, and officially bringing Thunderbolts back to the top of my Must-Read list. With Bagley returning as a collaborator on this book, it may be a new era of awesome for the 'Bolts, and you heard it here first... Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Ellis J. Wells Mar 23, 2012

    A solid solo story, not very ground-breaking or important in terms of her character's development; similar to Jim McCann's short story "Wake Up Screaming" in the Women of Marvel mini-series, or Jeff Parker's own .1 issue; all three are very enjoyable Songbird stories, that ultimately just keep recapping how awesome and strong her character remains; without actually bringing much new to the table. I am a massive Songbird fan, so I'm happy; and Parker clearly seems to bring a lot of respect for the character to the table. But non-fans might find this a less thrilling read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 25, 2012

    Another solid read with equally solid art, though it doesn't do much to further flesh out one of Thunderbolts' principal characters as it should. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 23, 2012

    After a slightly underwhelming spotlight on Luke Cage a couple of issues ago, "Thunderbolts" #171 feels like the series is back to its strengths again. I'm a little apprehensive about the upcoming shift over to being "Dark Avengers," but Parker makes this series work so well that I'm more than willing to see what he's got in store for us next. It's a little sad it's going to (presumably) take a name change to "Dark Avengers" to get more people to understand what the rest of us figured out a long time ago. Parker and Walker make "Thunderbolts" fun, month after month. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Mar 26, 2012

    What in the blue hell was THAT?! Seriously, these last few comics I've read have been SO disappointing... Here I was, all happy and expecting an awesome issue featuring a battle between the Evil Thunderbolts and the original Thunderbolts and what do I get? A sea creature licking a woman's feet... Seriously, what more is there to say? Read Full Review

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