Announcement: Thunderbolts Relaunch by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon in December

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Newsarama has reported that long-term Deadpool writer Daniel Way and veteran artist Steve Dillon are set to storm the Marvel Universe later this year, with their take on the latest iteration of the Thunderbolts.

Taking a step away from the previous team and history, Way seeks to deliver an action-packed powerhouse of a story, with a cast made up of a veritable "who's who" of Marvel's biggest and boldest anti-heroes: Red Hulk, Elektra, Venom, Deadpool and The Punisher.

"This team doesn't tackle small problems, and it doesn't provide discreet solutions" said Way in his Newsarama interview.

Fans of Jeph Loeb's Hulk run will remember that most of these characters previously came together under Thunderbolt Ross' leadership during an arc where the Big Red One clashed with X-Force; a book Way is quick to distance his Thunderbolts from.

"This is not 'another X-Force.' This is also not a covert ops team. When the Thunderbolts hit a target, they'll do so in the loudest way possible" Way noted.



While the vigilante cast may be notorious for their status as loners within the Marvel Universe, Way feels that bringing them together is a logical step forward:

"Separately, on their own, these characters were waging open-ended campaigns. Why were they on their own? Why has no one stepped in to help them?"

To bring such a larger than life cast to the page, Way has teamed up with Steve Dillon; best known for his acclaimed work on Vertigo's Preacher and Hellblazer, but certainly no stranger to The Punisher. Describing his co-creator's work on this new title as "a perfect storm of shock and awe," Way noted that while the title will have its share of amazing action and thrills, it will also be a story of danger and emotion; something for which Dillon is perfect for.

"We all know that, of the small group of artists who can do it at all, Steve Dillon is one of the best there is at communicating nuance and human emotion through his artwork and visual storytelling."

Only time will tell if the ambitious goals of these new Thunderbolts will come to pass, but it's certain that with a cast such as this it's going to be a bumpy, exciting, explosive ride.


Thunderbolts #1 debuts December 2012 as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative...




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