Thursday, February 16, 2017

Even the villains hate them some Nazis.


Another random issue of Thunderbolts? Don't mind if I do! From 2011, Thunderbolts #163, "The Great Escape" Written by Jeff Parker, art by Kev Walker.

During the Fear Itself crossover, while they were supposed to be defending Chicago against the forces of the Red Skull's daughter; several members of the Thunderbolts instead have bailed out, teleporting themselves and their tower away! Luke Cage is left pissed, both at them and himself; for some choices he made that may not have helped the team. Longtime members M.A.C.H. 5 and Songbird agree, but there was plenty of blame to go around: they think if they'd be more encouraging, Fixer might not have turned on them...

Meanwhile, the escapees--Fixer, Moonstone, Mr. Hyde, Boomerang, Centurius, and Satana with a Man-Thing in tow--realize they didn't teleport to New Zealand, but to Austria. Oh, and back in time for good measure, to World War II! The Nazis are fighting mad about the sudden appearance of a "pillbox" in their turf, but the Thunderbolts are more than game for fighting them. Centurius (whom I don't know much about...) points out the dangers of changing history, but the others seem to figure it'll be fine. Until the Invaders Captain America and Namor show up to help! Thinking fast, Moonstone changes her costume to a more 40's style, and introduces herself to Cap as part of "America's newest power squadron," the American Thunderbolts!

Quick thinking on Moonstone's part, but now I wonder how long she'd be able to play goodie-two-shoes with Cap: she was usually too clever for her own good. Also, several of the team, particularly Mr. Hyde, had fought Cap before, and it's tough to picture them keeping it together. There were a few more chapters to this storyline with the Invaders, but these T-Bolts weren't done time-travelling yet...

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Huh. I may just have to look out for a trade of this run after all. Looks like it's loads of fun.