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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 228

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

The recent look at Kurt Busiek’s Avengers run reminded me that we should take a look at the Thunderbolts #1 reveal by Busiek and Mark Bagley…

To recap, the issue begins with a 15-year-old girl getting kidnapped by some bad guys. We don’t see her again until the very end (setting up next issue), but I’m just mentioning it so the end of the issue makes some sense to you.

Okay, otherwise, the Thunderbolts show up as the newest superhero team to fight the good fight when the Avengers and the Fantastic Four both went missing.

In this issue, they just got done with a very public battle with the Wrecker and the Wrecking Crew.

Then this happened…

The reveal is “the” moment, naturally.


Very cool, thanks – I’d heard a lot about this, but had not ever actually seen it.

The best comic to come out of the whole Heroes Reborn fiasco. And one of THE coolest reveals in comic book history.

Baron Zemo kicks all sorts of ass in this series. A great character all around.

could this even happen now, or would the net and overly discriptive marketing wreck the suprise

cool for i remember how shocked when citizen v removed his mask only to reveal that the thunder bolts were the masters of evil .shocking for villians being heroes. and baron zemo proving to be harder to kill then a cochroach

could this even happen now, or would the net and overly discriptive marketing wreck the suprise

The net and overly descriptive marketing blew THIS surprise, Alastair – just not to the same extent it would have nowadays.

Heh. True, Brian. As I recall, Peter David caught a spoil of the twist in the solicit copy for Hulk 449 (the team’s first appearace) and nearly went apopleptic. Fortunately, it was changed before the solicits went out to Diamond.

Actually, one of a few great comics to come out of the Heroes-Reborn void – Ostrander’s Heroes for Hire, Waid’s Ka-Zar, and Kelly’s Deadpool came out at this point, too, as I recall.

@Jeff Holland: Ostrander did Heroes for Hire? Was it a big run?

I have the other 2 you mentioned but never heard about that one.

Man, Moonstone has had some really ugly costumes over the years….

I can’t look at that panel with Baron Zemo without imagining him sounding like the Monarch. Maybe because the moment seems a bit over the top.

It’s funny that Speedball is whining that the press doesn’t pay them enough attention.

Is he even still a Thunderbolt?

Ostrander did Heroes for Hire? Was it a big run?

It only lasted around 18 issues or so. I’ve never read it myself, but I’ve always heard good things about it…

Thanks Andrew. I’ll see if I can find some issues of that run.

@Callen493: Speedball is on Avengers : The Initiative now, I think. Except after Civil War he’s gone all emo and calls himself Penance now.

Still one of the best Marvel moments in the past 20 years.
I remember reading a Wizard article about the Thunderbolts and Busiek giving cryptic clues about each character but I never figured them out until the reveal. Great choice Bee-Cee.

Songbird is currently one of my favorite characters, but it’s hard to take her seriously at times, looking at her first costume.

God, comics were ugly back then, whenever it was. Those costumes are horrible.

The list needs some DC:The New Frontier moments, especially the end of the Losers.

Is the reveal in the top 70 Marvel Panels yet? It needs to be.

The moment for me is when Venom bites off the arm of Steel Spi– oh wait, wrong line-up.

Oh, the art isn’t THAT bad.

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