Red Hulk Takes Charge of the Marvel NOW! THUNDERBOLTS
Though Thunderbolts devotees might still have a bad taste in their mouths nearly 10 years after the "Fightbolts" era, series editor Jordan D. White tells us that though this new series doesn't carry over any characters or storylines from previous incarnations of the title — the most recent of which transitioned into Dark Avengers in June — it's still defined by similar ideas. Newsarama: Jordan, Daniel Way and Steve Dillon aren't strangers to each other, but they both are new to Thunderbolts. What can you say about what made them right for the series, and how things developed? And why was Thunderbolts an important concept to revisit in Marvel NOW?
As far as Steve goes, we could not be happier to have him on the art. As you said, he and Dan have worked together before, and they know how to make a great tale together. I am quite fond of the twisted Nighthawk miniseries they did a while back, not to mention their terrific Bullseye series. Steve brings such a strong sense of storytelling and creates a really distinct tone in his work, I think it is really going to help to establish this series as something completely new and different from the previous Thunderbolts series in the minds of the readers.
White: Great question. Yeah — T-Bolts has gone through quite a few shifts over the years, some more radical than others. This one is going to be a pretty big change in that none of the characters or plotlines from the previous series are carrying over. It's a new take, but one that is grounded in that original idea that has always been woven into the fabric of the series, the hero/villain dichotomy, and characters bridging the gap between them. If you look at our roster, every one of our characters is a character who started out as a villain in their first appearances but who has, over the years, made the shift to hero… or at least antihero.
Thunderbolts.Unlike the most recent Thunderbolts, this group is not working for any government program — this is Red Hulk's team, to do with as he sees fit. In case you forgot, big red's secret ID is that of General "Thunderbolt" Ross, a well-respected military official who the world thinks was KIA. Well, just because he can't be part of the American Armed Forces doesn't mean he can't put together an armed force of his own (in fact, as a side note, I'd considered suggesting we call the book "Thunderbolt's" with a possessive, but decided I would be laughed out of editorial if I mentioned it). And again, if you look at the crew ol' T-Bolt has put together, you can get a sense of the kind of things he might be looking to do with them. They're a team of loners, but all highly trained and highly skilled as either mercenaries or soldiers. This is a black ops dream team… or perhaps red ops, as the case may be. They're all characters with their own very particular morality, who do the things they do because they believe in them. They believe they are doing right, even if the world around them might not. Now that they're working together, they can set their sights even higher… and the world had better look out, because they won't take no for an answer. Keep reading Newsarama for more on the Marvel NOW! Thunderbolts. More from Newsarama:
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