Thunderbolts #4 Review

  • Written by: Jim Zub
  • Art by: Sean Izaakse, Netho Diaz, Victor Olazaba
  • Colors by: Java Tartaglia
  • Letters by: VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Cover art by: Sean Izaakse, Nolan Woodard
  • Cover price: $3.99
  • Release date: November 16, 2022

Thunderbolts #4 finds Hawkeye and the team in a different, happier place where everything seems to be going their way, just like the good old days… or is it?

Is It Good?

How!? How can Thunderbolts #4 be a penultimate issue when there are multiple, disparate threads that haven’t been explored since issue #1 and the main story hasn’t been told yet? HOW!?

Well, I hope Jim Zub knows what he’s doing because he’ll need a Hall-of-Fame-level issue in the finale to make this all make sense.

When last we left the Thunderbolts, Clint was feeling the pressure after yet another public debacle when the team tackled a collection of super-powered apes in Central Park Zoo. Clint’s last act of the day was to call his ex, Bobby Morse, for emotional support. Now, Clint is living the high life as the entire team is firing on all cylinders while wearing classic costumes, acing public appearances and promotions, and enjoying a cozy reunion with Bobby Morse. It all seems too good to be true because it is.

In reality, America still passed out on the subway. Power Man followed shortly after, and Clint is found trapped in a glowing, catatonic state. In effect, the entire team is trapped in an “of the mind” paradise, but there’s no indication of who is responsible or why. Again, the end of the penultimate issue seems an odd place to introduce a major threat, yet here we are.

In all, this is an intriguing issue with a mysterious attack that appears to put the entire team out of commission, but it remains to be seen if Zub can pull it all together for a complete and satisfying finale.


About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces

Thunderbolts #4 finally gets around to introducing a threat that puts the whole team out of commission at the end of the penultimate issue. Hawkeye’s dream world is everything he could hope for and more, but the nature, origin, and motivation behind the attack are completely unknown, which is a rough place to start going into a finale.

7/10

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