First of two X reviews for tonight is Thunderbolts. This series has been good, but not really great yet. Here's hoping this is the issue the greatness begins.
Summary: Rulk and Deadpool are resuscitating the Leader, which Deadpool thinks is a bad idea since Punisher wasn't going to take kindly to working with a villain like the Leader. Meanwhile, in Kata Jaya, Punisher is training a some rebel forces and Venom is... um, driving a truck... As for Elektra, she's randomly been captured by Madman. Huh. Back with Rulk and Pool, Rulk manages to wake Leader up, but has kept him very sedated so he wouldn't be any trouble. Rulk and Pool rendezvous with Venom, who is angry to see the two traveling with the Leader. While Venom and Rulk argue, Punisher walks over and shoots Leader in the head, exactly like Pool predicted, ending this issue.
Thoughts: What the hell was THIS!? I swear, as I started reading this issue I thought I missed an issue somewhere along the line... I mean, last I remember, Deadpool had been shot in the head while working with Elektra. Now he was suddenly with Rulk, with no mention of Elektra at all... And nobody even mentioned Pool getting shot! I mean, I KNOW it happened! But here Pool was just randomly working with Rulk... Weird. And then there was Leader, who was drugged up and vomiting. What purpose did that serve!? Or Punisher shooting monkeys... Or Venom driving in trucks... I have no clue what this was all about. And I didn't like it one bit. I trust Dan Way, so I'll give this title a longer leash than most other series, but if things don't pick way up, this series may find itself in the scrapheap.
Score: 3 1/2 out of 10.
Not yet, but I'm well on my way!