SHANG-CHI AND THE REVOLUTION VS. AMERICAN KAIJU!
When an attempt to recruit U.S.Agent and his partner, Todd Ziller, to the fight against Red Skull goes terribly wrong, it will take everything in Shang-Chi’s and Bucky Barnes’ arsenals – and more than a little luck – to keep the American Kaiju from destroying Hong Kong!
Nerd InitiativeI love a classic Kaiju tale. I thought this issue was fun in every aspect and that the team has hit a groove that makes me sad this is only a four-issue arc. Getting to see players work together that I never in a million years could have imagined has also been a surprise and a delight for me. There is a reason Jackson and Collin are in high demand across many properties and it’s evident here but, also the absolute glorious work with the lettering, colors, and art make this an unstoppable team.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Kelly and Lanzing deliver a fun and entertaining story with some great twists and turns. The story has some great action throughout and delivers not only thrills, but some laughs as well because of the absurdity of the premise. The Art: Borges delivers some beautiful art in the issue. I love the wonderfully detailed environments and the visual style of the issue.
ComicBook.comThunderbolts #3 dismisses any expectations set by the series' earlier issues. Where those installments often felt too busy with complex missions and a busy cast busting their seams to move a conspiracy forward, this one applies the "arrive late, leave early" advice of good short fiction. It picks up in Hong Kong with two members of the Thunderbolts encountering two familiar characters on the wrong mission. As things unfold, readers come to understand how this showdown plays into larger events and delivers the miniseries' biggest set piece to date. It's a thrilling action sequence that manages to play upon Bucky Barnes' history well, while also making John Walker the most endearing ass this side of Guy Gardner. Thunderbolts #3 is a very fun read that blends its spy and superhero genre elements well.
Major SpoilersContessa remarks to The Revolution that Walker makes six team members, joining The Destroyer, Black Widow, White Widow, Shang-Chi, herself, and Bucky, but that final roster isn’t the best part of Thunderbolts #3, it’s the interplay of four warriors, the soldier, the sniper, the monster, and the general. I don’t know if next issue is the end, but I certainly hope not, as this creative team and this cast have a lot of as-yet-unrealized potential.