Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thunderbolts - A Force To Be Reckoned With - Matt Duarte

Thunderbolts in “A Force To Be Reckoned” by Matt Duarte

Panel 1

Description: The Thunderbolts sit in the briefing room of the Raft. Luke Cage is talking in front of them, with some computer screens in the back that we can't really see yet. Around the room we can see Juggernaut, Moonstone, and Fixer sitting down, while Songbird and Mach V stand to the side and Ghost floats on the back.

LUKE CAGE: Alright, next mission ain't going to be easy. We are not going against a random bunch of villains, or some mindless goons. We are talking about a highly trained and organized military group operating on American soil.

JUGGERNAUT: What? No way these geeks are doing this.

MOONSTONE: About time they grew some cojones, if you ask me. They could only play the victim card for so long.

GHOST: It is not surprising at all. All organizations turn corrupt in the end, so it was only a matter of time before they became just like their enemies.

Panel 2

Description: Close-up on Songbird, she looks concerned and questioning the wisdom of the mission before her.

SONGBIRD: Are we sure about this, Luke? How do we know we are not playing this to someone else's tune.

Panel 3

Description: Close up on Fixer. He is looking at some screens before him, not looking up as he talks

FIXER: The data checks out. We don't know how the higher-ups got hold of this, but the photographic and video evidence is damning. And gruesome.

Panel 4

Description: Turn around, revealing Luke again, standing directly in front of the previous computer screens. In them, we can see photos of Wolverine, Angel, Psylocke, Deadpool, and Fantomex, the members of Uncanny X-Force.

LUKE CAGE: No way around it, Thunderbolts. We are going up against these killers, even if we normally know them as the good guys.

LUKE CAGE: The X-Men have a lot of explaining to do...

Next: Thunderbolts vs. Uncanny X-Force.


  1. Nice page. The reveal works for me, and would make for some great fight scenes once the teams threw down. The lines from the first panel are particularly enjoyable once you know who they're talking about.

    My one nitpick would be Songbird's line from panel 2. It comes off as a little awkward as it. I don't know if it was intentional, but the "tune" pun seems like a little much.

  2. Great page and something that would certainly be exciting to see play out--the guys playing bad guys and visa versa. You've also got the voices down pat. Nice work.

  3. Great page, Matt! What a brilliant idea.

  4. Yay. Well done, Matt. Though, like Grant, I found Songbird's dialogue a little stilted in this. Otherwise, no problems.

  5. Nice concept and one that I'd pay good money to see. You could really get into some nice ethical quandaries and fisticuffs with this storyline.

    I liked the character work and the page paid off well at the end and was nicely paced.

  6. I swear the pun was completely unintentional.


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