Official Press Release
Marvel has a history of villains who — after taking a hard look in the
mirror — change their lives by finding redemption in the role of hero. But
what about those fiends that look in that cracked mirror… and then smash
it with a right cross? That’s what writer John Arcudi (The Mask, Major
Bummer) and artist Francisco Ruiz Velasco (Lone Wolf 2100) will explore
starting in February’s THUNDERBOLTS #76.
Although the series will star super-villains, don’t expect them to have that
“Golden Age” glow. This isn’t about jailbreaks, bags of cash with big dollar
signs printed on them, or running away while twirling a pencil-thin
mustache. Instead, Arcudi and Velasco reveal what happens to thugs who face
a future devoid of hope. It’s a voyeuristic look at a world of bloody brawls
in abandoned warehouses, the lure of easy money and the desperate smell of
sweaty losers. Following the sadistic story of an underground fight ring,
the monthly series asks: if you’re trying to do the right thing, do you stay
bitter in your lousy day job or do you make one last grab for fame… by
“We pick up with our main guy just out of prison, but he can’t get his drink
on because his parole officer is on his back,” explained editor Andrew Lis.
“So if that’s what you do to relax, what’s next? Do you go back to crime? Do
you walk the straight-and-narrow? Or — when a surprise opportunity rears
its head — do you reach for that ring?”
“Anyone who read John’s work on The Mask (one of the smartest satires of the
last 15 years) or the cult-hit Major Bummer, will love this,” continued Lis.
“As for Francisco’s artwork, this guy is… well, just look for yourself!
He’s getting better with every page!”
THUNDERBOLTS #76 will be available for order in the next edition of
Diamond’s Previews catalog. On sale February 19th, the 32-page issue has an
Initial Order Cut-Off Date of January 3rd and a Final Order Cut-Off Date of
January 30th. In an effort to provide retailers and readers with an expanded
look at the series’ new direction before they have to order, The House is
planning to post a free preview dotComic at Marvel.com on December 18th.
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