I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got five new comics plus a hard cover collection:

  • The Walking Dead – 98
  • Rasl – 14
  • Rachel Rising – 8
  • Glamourpuss – 25
  • Superman – 8
  • ”Spirit World” by Jack Kirby
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    ”Thunderbolts: Shadowland” by Jeff Parker, Declan Shalvey, and Kev Walker

    I’m back with the third volume (out of four) of the Jeff Parker written “Thunderbolts” that I purchased a while ago. This one continues with the Like Cage lead Thunderbolts who are a team of incarcerated super-villains let out of jail to go on dangerous missions for the good of humanity.

    This book contains four issues of “Thunderbolts” and the first two deal with some crossover event that came out of “Daredevil”. I think the books title, “Shadowland”, is the name of the Daredevil story but since I never read it I’m not positive. Like most non-essential chapters in a larger crossover story these two issues are fairly pointless. Parker wrote in some plot points for the main continuing story but it’s mostly just the Thunderbolts fighting ninjas for no real reason. Declan Shalvey did a decent job with the art but it was nothing special. I think that’s how I’d describe these two issues in general. Solid but nothing special.

    The final two issues in this volume bring back Kev Walker to the art chores who I think does a better job over all. Of course getting back to the main Thunderbolts story after a couple of crossover issues made for a better tale overall. The third issue involves an attempted escape by some of the Thunderbolts and a fight with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Luke Cage. It was a fun issue. We got some good super-hero fight scenes plus a glimpse into the minds of the various Thunderbolts.

    The last issue give us the origin of the character the Ghost who is one of the Thunderbolts. It’s a fairly familiar tale of a man betrayed by people he trusted and an evil corporation but it was well done. I liked it. It was the most personal and relatable story of the bunch even if the Ghost is a nutter. I think it was my favorite in this collection. This volume is the hardcover version and has some nice sketches, layouts and stuff in the back.

    Half good and half so-so. That’s my assessment of ”Thunderbolts: Shadowland”. It could have been all good though if it wasn’t for stupid crossovers.