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Thunderbolts #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.


Super-powered crooks have taken hostages in Staten Island?

A dimensional rift tears open in Chinatown?

Monsters running amok at the Met? Call in the THUNDER!

New York City’s finest are here to save the day — Hawkeye, Spectrum, America Chavez, Power Man, Persuasion and Gutsen Glory!

You know ’em, you love ’em…they’re the Thunderbolts!

In the aftermath of Devil’s Reign, the Big Apple has big problems, and it’s up to a new group of Thunderbolts to turn things around.

But when Clint Barton gets tasked with heading up this team and proving they can go toe-to-toe with anything the Marvel Universe can throw at them, the first opponent he’s going to have to face is himself.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
32 pages
Amazon ASIN

15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

  • 100

    First Comics News

  • 95

    Multiversity Comics

    Thunderbolts #1 is superhero storytelling at its finest, exciting, bombastic, and funny all at once.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zub crafts a fun, thrilling and often funny first issue. Clint is utilized brilliantly in the story by putting him in the position of the elder statesman who is still rough around the edges. His desire to lead a team clashes with his lack of competency in leadership and sets up some interesting and engaging conflict to come. I also really enjoyed the hints at the secrets his team is keeping from each other.

    The Art: Izaakse delivers some thrilling and dynamic art in this first issue. The action is visually thrilling and I love the character designs and background details.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    Overall, Thunderbolts #1 is a great debut issue, which will remind fans why people love Hawkeye. The story by Zub is hilarious. The art by the creative team is enthralling. Altogether, another great addition to the superhero team genre.

  • 90


    Thunderbolts #1 is an explosive super-fun start to a series with historically good runs. Not only is it well-paced and exciting from cover to cover, but it offers a solid reason to exist in an era of superhero books that can be rote and uninteresting.

  • 82

    Graphic Policy

    Thunderbolts #1 is a fun start. The comic is fresh while also the best of what has come before. It sets up an interesting team dynamic, and team in general, and delivers enough mysteries to come to keep readers on their toes. It’s a solid buy for long time fans of the characters and property and those new to the Thunderbolts.

  • 82

    Comic Watch

    All in all – this comic is an extremely pleasant surprise. New comics that use crossovers or event comics as their springboard don’t always fare well in the long run due to their roots in other stories. This latest iteration of Thunderbolts, though, potentially has what it takes to go the distance. Let’s hope Marvel listens and keeps it marching on.

    The Thunderbolts are back, and you’ll be sad if you pass on this latest iteration. Don’t be that person!

  • 82

    Geek'd Out

    The best one word description for every Thunderbolts team would be opportunistic.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Thunderbolts #1 is a fresh start, putting a new team to the test. Humorous dialogue and delightful art is blended with a story with heaps of potential in an opening issue that doesnt like slowing down. Its a team that feels different from others and that is ultimately a good thing.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    Not being a huge Hawkeye fan, I was kind of on the fence when this book came down the pipe. With that said, what I found was an enjoyable little romp that succeeds in hits aim to bring the Thunderbolts back in a way that fits the current Marvel city scape.

  • 80

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Thunderbolts #1 is a surprisingly solid setup issue that brings a new team together under the authority of Mayor Luke Cage. The introductions are well-paced and shown rather than simply told. There are intriguing hints that not every team member is problem-free. And the rationale behind forming a new team makes sense for the story Zub is telling.

  • 80


    This is a very strong start to the new series. Everything comes together nicely in a well-written, well-drawn issue that sets up all the characters, pits them against some meaningful villains and establishing the new team with panache.

  • 60

    Thunderbolts #1 is a pretty extreme swing for the fences in terms of Marvel’s narrative. While lambasting corporate overlords (even its own) the world over, the series’ interest in being a satire of modern business convenience seems like it’s going to get lost after setting up the team in this first issue. There are moments where the new series shows visual promise, the action beats in particular are fun, but overall there’s an inconsistent quality to the world that sometimes makes this hard to read and interpret. Like nearly every other attempt at rebooting Thunderbolts, there’s a kernel of a good idea here, but it seems to be the latest in a lineage of “Marvel has no clear idea what they want the Thunderbolts to be, but it’s still time to try again.”

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    Once again, Marvel assembles a cool super-team with a secret (that being “Hawkeye is useless.”) Still, it feels like a book that expects a short run.

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