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"King in Black: Thunderbolts #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics


Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated by Juan Ferreyra
Lettered by Joe Sabino
2021, 24 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 3rd, 2021


A team of misfit villains have been sent into the heart of New York City to retrieve the Sentry's corpse and use it as an energy bomb to cripple Knull and his symbiote forces. Easy-peasy, right? Mayor Wilson Fisk ordered this task force and he's willing to sacrifice them to make himself look good. The thing is, these are bad guys. They're not noble and they're certainly not ready to lay down their lives for glory. They'll only do that for cold hard cash.

The interaction between the Thunderbolts is a huge part of the enjoyment for this series. Writer Matthew Rosenberg fills this book with fun, quippy dialogue as these personalities clash in the best possible way. Even they realize how absurd this situation is, but they try to make the best of it without tearing each other apart.

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Letterer Joe Sabino keeps the dialogue moving at a nice pace. There's an argument where the balloons are stacked on top of each other, giving you an idea that these two are speaking over one another.

Although we know these are all selfish villains, there are moments where they're painted as heroes. Could it be that this life-and-death situation has put them on the side of the angels? Of course not. The thing is, for a brief moment, you think they'll change and that's the grey area where this book excels.

Artist Juan Ferreyra turns in even more incredible artwork in King in Black: Thunderbolts #3. He has an unparalleled eye for storytelling between the layouts, the angles, and his amazing style. This is such a visually interesting book. No two pages look alike and there's always new stuff to grab your attention. For example, there's a showdown on a bridge where the Thunderbolts are surrounded on both sides. Ferreyra depicts this by showing the entire bridge from a far off angle, where the characters are little more than dots. He then puts in smaller circular panels to show where key characters and their adversaries are. It's a great effect.

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Ferreyra's colors offer an ominous tone for the entire comic. Knull's forces have encircled the entire planet, blotting out the sun. The sky is a mix of red and black, creating the perfect mood for this misadventure. This creates a drab atmosphere that's perfect for these characters to play in.

There are some great twists and turns as this mini-series reaches its conclusion. Most importantly, it leaves the door wide open to tell more stories with this rag-tag group...even if they're still carting around the Sentry's corpse. When I reviewed the first issue, I said this was the King in Black tie-in that had the most potential for more and that definitely still holds true with this last chapter. The Marvel Universe needs a book like Thunderbolts. It's got that fun edge to it that you're not going to get from the likes of Captain America or Iron Man.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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