Since the late ‘90s, the Thunderbolts have been Marvel’s answer to the Suicide Squad, giving “reformed” supervillains the chance to do some good in the world…by any means necessary. But soon, the House of Ideas will shake things up by having some actual superheroes join their ranks. This May, a new Thunderbolts team will star in a five-issue miniseries from writer Jim Zub and artist Sean Izaakse.
The new series finds Clint Barton in charge of a team that includes several of Marvel’s younger heroes. The roster includes established names like Spectrum, America Chavez, Power Man, and Persuasion. Plus, readers will meet at least two new additions to the universe. One of these, Gutsen Glory, is an “experienced cyber-soldier” rooted in ‘90s influences. And as Zub teased on Twitter earlier today, he also has a mysterious past.
Thunderbolts picks up in the aftermath of Marvel’s Devil’s Reign event. Despite Mayor Fisk’s ban on superhuman activity in New York, these characters will rise up as the city’s first authorized superhero team. And apparently, the first “opponent” that Clint will have to face as the group’s leader is himself.
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“Writing Thunderbolts was my first in-universe work for Marvel and Sean Izaakse’s first Marvel project as well,” said Zub. “So getting to launch a new version of the team here with him on the team’s 25th anniversary year is an absolute honor. I am so pumped to put Clint Barton, Monica Rambeau, America Chavez and a host of others through trials and tribulations aplenty as New York’s only official super hero team.”
“A lot of the ideas being unleashed in this series are things I’ve been wanting to do for years,” continued Zub. “Big action and big fun, drama, comedy and, of course, a few twists befitting the team that always keeps readers on their toes. Sean’s artwork has never looked better and he’s bringing his incredible skills to bear on stunning comic pages and eye-catching designs for new characters we’re adding to the mighty Marvel Universe. Our creative team is firing on all cylinders. So get ready for ‘Justice, Like Lightning’ to strike every single issue!”
Thunderbolts #1 hits comic shops on May 25. You can view multiple covers for the first issue in the gallery below.
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Marvel's New Thunderbolts Series Launches in May
Thunderbolts #1 Cover by David Nakayama
Thunderbolts #1 Cover by Sean Izaakse
Thunderbolts #1 Cover by Paulo Siqueira