Thunderbolts 120 by Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato
Warren Ellis' Thunderbolts run is one of my favorite things ever. He got to play with some of my favorite villains (Norman Osborn, Venom, and Bullseye) and some guys who I didn't really know well but he made me like them (Songbird & Moonstone)
120 is the issue where Norman finally loses his grip on sanity and it is absolutely glorious. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way, because Bendis pretty much based Dark Reign off of the Ellis-Bolts run and while it was good, it just wasn't THIS good.
The issue opens with the best naked lunatic rant you'll ever read, with such quotables as "Smells like death,blondes, and victory" and Norman betting Hitler never had as many problems as he does with leadership. Norman gets naked and puts on his Green Goblin costume, and all hell proceeds to break loose.
The main plot sees the Thunderbolts under mental siege as they captured 4 mind controller types and they have taken over the minds of Venom, Radioactiveman, and others. Swordsman takes this time to rebel against Norman, or maybe he's mind controlled too? It doesn't really matter.
Norman proceeds to swoop in and kick the ever living shit out of The Swordsman, a scene in which again Bendis would build upon to kick off Dark Reign. "You can't do this to me, I'm a Baron!" Swordsman shouts, only to be rebutted with "I AM GOD" and manical laughter. Swordsman ends up crucified by goblin batarangs for his efforts.
Deodato's art was great as well. His use of shadows was great as was his depiction of Osborn as a insane Tommy Lee Jones. Pretty sublime.
This was the penultimate chapter in this arc, and the rest of the run is filled with crazy character spots and kickass action. Highly recommended