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Review: Thunderbolts Vol. 1: There is No High Road

Written by GLX on Thursday, January 26 2017 and posted in Reviews

Review: Thunderbolts Vol. 1: There is No High Road

GLX has some thoughts on Thunderbolts Vol. 1: There is No High Road.

Writer - Jim Zub

Artists - Jon Malin and Sean Izaakse

Colorist - Matt Yackey

Publisher - Marvel Comics


I was not a fan of the Avengers: Standoff event. Remember that? It was the one with the brainwashed villains, a cosmic cube in the form of a little girl, and Steve Rogers becoming young again. It was very heavy on recapping events in the story, and led to a questionable direction for Steve Rogers. Thunderbolts Vol. 1: There Is No High Road follows Bucky Barnes, and some former residents of Pleasant Hill from the Standoff storyline. The end result is a flawed work that still manages to be enjoyable.

First thing that should stick out when reading this is the art. Jon Malin handles a lot of the art in this collection, and it carries a heavy Rob Liefeld influence. Malin's work carries more polish than Liefeld, though there are still issues with Malin's approach. Some of the faces in the pages that Malin contributed look unintentionally goofy. A lot of it stems from the way that mouths are sometimes are kept open in a ridiculous fashion. All that said, there are moments when Malin's work just clicks. Even when his art isn't in top form, he still manages to keep the action going without bogging things down in the layouts.

Sean Izaakse provides the art for the last issue in this collection. His style doesn't stand out as much as Malin's, but he makes up for it in visual sharpness. The art cleanly tells the story without any major artistic hiccups. Malin and Izaakse are backed by Matt Yackey on colors. Yackey does a solid job of keeping the action clear, while maintaining a consistent tone throughout the collection.

Jim Zub does a nice job of setting up action sequences with an assortment of characters from other Marvel titles, while building upon previous stories. Those that followed Avengers: Standoff or previous versions of Thunderbolts will find some nice references to past events. Characters sound right, though never quite become highly engaging. The writing doesn't take things to the next level, but it manages to be fairly entertaining.

Will Thunderbolts Vol. 1: There Is No High Road radically alter the world? Nope. Its flaws keep it from becoming a great title. I'd still say it has merit enough for a look. The art might turn some from giving it a read, but under the surface is a enjoyable ride. Fans of Liefeld's style or the characters involved might get more out of this than the average reader.


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For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers about comics, video games, and other stuff. He currently resides in The South. You can catch him in the forums or @glxwriter on Twitter.



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