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    Out today in the USA etc etc. Had a lot of fun writing bits of this one, as you might be able to tell.

    Thoughts etc etc?

    SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT ETC ETC AND BLEEDING SO FORTH

    -- W
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
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    Norman was absolutely awesome in this issue. The arc is coming to a climax quite nicely, and I'm genuinely sad that you're leaving the book while simultaneously thoroughly enjoying your big ending.

    I haven't been a huge fan of this Norman from the perspective of how he's normally characterized, but I like this version a lot on it's own merit.

    Great job so far, Mr. Ellis. You've made this book interesting again, and, as usual, in a very unique way from what it was before. Though I'm sure old school Thunderbolts people are dying inside. There are only like four of them, anyway, so I'm not to worried, though.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
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    Had a lot of fun writing bits of this one, as you might be able to tell.

    It's funny you say that because that thought had crossed my mind. The line about the pig coughing was my favorite.
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      CommentAuthorHudson
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2008
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    Great read! The Green Goblin is one of my favorite villains and I really enjoyed how his insane side has really come through in Thunderbolts. The best part is when Norman first suites up and confronts the security guard...classic. Warren, you should write a comic about Norman running for president.
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    A very Warren Ellis issue. Thought I was reading Transmetropolitan in a few places.

    Radioactive Man deciding that, yes, giving everyone in the mountain cancer was a fantastic idea, and the guard's reaction was simply priceless. "I don't want to get cancer!"

    I liked the issue, but, still, I feel like it's been forever getting to this point in the story, only to get left hanging at the end once again. I'm glad the final issue of the arc is slated for next month, without any more one-shots in between.
    • CommentAuthorkyu915
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.6)
    Yeah, this issue was awesome!

    I loved all the dialogue from the telepathically incensed characters(though I wonder if the previously mentioned guard was under the effect at all or if he was just the only person thinking straight in the room).

    The stuff coming from Norman had me actually had me thinking in two directions. One, he's off his rocker once again due to all manner of shit hitting the fan, and two, maybe that's just Normal Norman. The way he monologues about being the "hero" reminded me of Mark Millar's Marvel Knights' Spider-Man storyline where it's said the government hired "villains" to take care of the heroes. I wondered if that might have been an influence.

    Again, I loved every smart, sardonic witticism. I can't wait for the conclusion!
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    The way he monologues about being the "hero" reminded me of Mark Millar's Marvel Knights' Spider-Man storyline where it's said the government hired "villains" to take care of the heroes. I wondered if that might have been an influence.


    Never read it, sorry. I just write Norman from the fairly obvious perspective that he's the hero of his own story (to the power of ten).
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    Some of the lines are just pure class. I just love "Note to self: Give naked dictation more often".
    That and "I belive I should introduce everyone to the joys of cancer. Cancer can be fun. You get drugs."
    The sort of unhinged crazy in this issue reminds me of Dirk Anger. Which is always good.
    Loved it.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.9)
    I still haven't stopped laughing and I finsihed reading TBolts 120 about ten minutes ago. Highlights?

    GG: "You didn't have a mother! A pig coughed and you fell out!"

    Holy shit.

    Plus I'll echo The Rascal King's love of the cancer joke. Can't beat a good cancer joke.

    Overall, I'm awed at Warren's ability to tease out the tension over the whole run - surely every reader, like me, has been itching to see the Goblin burst through? Now that he finally has, I must say it didn't disappoint.

    Deodato's layouts are amazing as always - the splash page with the Goblin transformation is pure genius, really intensely mirroring Osborn's rapid mental upward spiral into mania. Loved the bits with the stoopid security guards too.

    Possibly, one of the reasons I was so awesomed by this issue was the fact that I have always heard and seen Deodato and Ellis's Osborn as Tommy Lee Jones... the thought of the mighty TLJ riding a Goblin Wing and singing what I can only assume to be a pirate sea shanty, ranting about beating innocent bystanders becaus they probably deserved it, was sheer joy. And probably tons more satisfying than the real thing would have been, going by TLJ's Two-Face "performance" in the Shatman movie.

    What more can I say? I'm dropping this title when Warren leaves, because there's just no way it's going to measure up to this incredible run.

    Final note - I feel like Warren's manging to integrate 'Nextwave' silliness with his darker, more futurist stuff really well these days. It's great that TBolts can creep me out and make me laugh at the same time. Basically, genius.
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      CommentAuthorAndre
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.10)
    An amazing issue.. Makes we wonder why Warren hasn't tackled a mainstream Spidey story yet. I know mainstream work for him isn't always his forte but I think he's captured the different aspects of Spideys rogues (green goblin and Venom) perfectly. Great progression of story a hillarious read and I can't wait to see those pesky telepaths get their comuppins.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.11)
    Wow, Ellis doing Spidey... I think that would probably make me read a Spidey comic, although I'm quite frightened about how Ellis' Spidey's witty banter might mutate into a thing of strange and terrible beuaty.
    • CommentAuthorkyu915
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008 edited
     (2232.12)
    I just write Norman from the fairly obvious perspective that he's the hero of his own story (to the power of ten).

    That's just fine and dandy too. :)
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.13)
    That was great. Excellent issue as always. I've said it many times now, but Thunderbolts is probably the most consistent book in terms of quality that I read these days, and probably one of my favorite Marvel comics from the last two years.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.14)
    "I'm going to be in therapy for years." Just one of many classic lines in this issue.
    • CommentAuthorRoss
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.15)
    In Nextwave, Warren made me love a character I formerly didn't care about at all, Machine Man. Fortunately, upon his arrival in Ms. Marvel, he was written similarly as a character.

    Now, In Thunderbolts, Warren has made me love yet another character I really didn't care for in Green Goblin. I can only hope the next writer to take him doesn't change this too much.


    And then I go back to hoping for a Warren Ellis Super-Skrull project.
    • CommentAuthorsamishah
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.16)
    "Note to self: Give naked dictation more often."

    Fricking best line I have ever heard. Honestly, reading this and Nextwave is the comic-book equivalent of a Patton Oswalt show.

    Your comedic timing has become fantastic Warren, really damned good.
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      CommentAuthorSJD
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
     (2232.17)
    HAHAHAHA!

    Warren you should totally be writing a Norman Osborn ongoing book called HERO.

    Great issue.

    Cheers.
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      CommentAuthorlordmitz
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
     (2232.18)
    pig. cough. awesome.

    this was like nextwave v2. awesomes.
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    Funniest comic I've read all year. I love this book.
    • CommentAuthorHawksmoor
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
     (2232.20)
    Damn, man.

    Just...DAMN.

    Hawksmoor...From The Bleed.