Official Press Release
Due to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response by readers and retailers to
the bold, new direction of the THUNDERBOLTS that began with February’s issue
#76, Marvel is pleased to announce that a planned price increase to $2.99
that was slated to take effect with April’s THUNDERBOLTS #78 has been
cancelled, and that the ongoing monthly series will retain its low $2.25
Under the creative direction of writer John Arcudi and up-and-coming
superstar penciler Francisco Ruiz Velasco, THUNDERBOLTS #76 completely
reinvented the title, introducing readers to the seamy underbelly of the
supervillain community, where C-list badguys without the ambition, brains or
power to be real Marvel Universe menaces bash each other’s skulls in for a
few measly bucks in an underground “Fight Club”-style network!
“Anytime you reinvent a title you’re always taking chances,” said
Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. “What minimizes your risk is always great
content and great casting. This is a case where casting the right artist
with the perfect writer and combining it with a bold new concept wrapped
within a great story is really paying off. Reports of the new T-Bolts
selling out and our own strong belief in this series and its future made it
an easy decision to keep the cover at $2.25, and we hope fans take this
opportunity to give one of the year’s most unique and visionary new series a
THUNDERBOLTS #77 goes on sale 3/19. Fans retailers still have until 3/27 to
place orders for THUNDERBOLTS #78, on sale 4/16. THUNDERBOLTS #77-79
continues the first story arc establishing the title’s new direction, and
readers can look forward to an upcoming two-part story arc guest-starring
Spider-Man, beginning with June’s THUNDERBOLTS #80.
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