Catching Up on Reviews, Part 6 — Osborn & Thunderbolts

Osborn #3 (Marvel) – The story here seems to stall a bit after the promise of the first two issues and the issue is also weak because of the art, which just isn’t that good.

Story: 6.5 Art: 5 Overall: 5.75

Osborn #4 (Marvel) – The art once again drags down what could’ve been a great series. Norman Osborn was such a great villain and has so much of a story built up after Dark Reign that it’s sad to see this series wasted.

Story: 7.5 Art: 4.5 Overall: 6

Thunderbolts #153 (Marvel) – Kev Walker’s art is good with potential to grow into something even better, but the key to this issue is the action-packed tale of revenge that takes place inside. The characters in Thunderbolts are always more complex than in just about any other comics and the Juggernaut’s battle with Hyperion in this issue is epic.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Thunderbolts #154 (Marvel) – Jeff Parker continues to do a good job writing the various characters on the Thunderbolts team and while Declan Shalvey’s art falls a little bit short, it’s more than adequate.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

Thunderbolts #155 (Marvel) – Walker’s art begins to show some improvement and could develop into something really good, I think. Parker’s writing continues to impress and there are some cool new elements introduced in this issue, including the development of the new generation of Thunderbolts.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Thunderbolts #156 (Marvel) – The series continues to bring in new characters and make them an interesting part of the overall mix while at the same time managing to tell fun and action-packed stories. Parker and Walker seem to work well together and they are producing one of the most consistently good comics Marvel publishes these days.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Thunderbolts #157 (Marvel) – Another solid story that helps develop the characters and add to an ongoing narrative about the team. Walker’s art is the worst amongst this run of issues I’m reviewing today.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75

Thunderbolts #158 (Marvel) – This Fear Itself tie-in is the first to deploy the new Thunderbolts B Team in action and the story is handled well. Juggernaut’s character is also one of the best characters in the Fear Itself stories, even if he is a bit overused.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Thunderbolts #159 (Marvel) – There are four Fear Itself-related stories here, all of which seem to fall a bit short both in terms of art and story. They aren’t bad, but they aren’t great, either.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.25

Thunderbolts #160 (Marvel) – This might be the best issue of this run of Thunderbolts. It starts off as a continuation of the great tie-in from Fear Itself that started two issues earlier, and it is a well-executed tale. But late in the issue it has this shift to a surreal tone and art style that is just plain awesome to read and view.

Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25

Thunderbolts — From the Marvel Vault (Marvel) – I can forsee an instance when going back and completing a proposed issue that was never published could turn out to be a good thing and add something to the published material about a character or team. This isn’t one of those instances. The art in this issue isn’t great and it’s easy to see why this issue wasn’t published earlier.

Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5

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