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Thunderbolts, Volume 1: No Quarter

(Thunderbolts (2013) (Collected Editions) #1)

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Marvel Now! brings a new Thunderbolts: Red Hulk, Venom, Elektra, Deadpool, the Punisher. Forget courts, jails, the system -- these Thunderbolts fight fire with fire, targeting the most nefarious players in the Marvel Universe with extreme prejudice!
Paperback, 136 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
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Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anne by: Jeff
Eh. Kinda ok?


General Ross (aka Red Hulk) puts together a team of anti-heroes know, do anti-hero stuff.
Who's on the roster?
Well, Ross, Elektra, Punisher, Deadpool, and Venom make up the main group, but there's still a few more {spoilery characters} hanging around in the background. Still, the core group makes a pretty decent line-up if you think about it.


Um, I'm not sure what to say about No Quarter. It really wasn't bad, but I wasn't all that WOWed, either. It was a pretty standard
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Who writes Deadpool a speech that goes on for panels and not only makes no sense, but is unfunny to boot? Who writes a scene where Deadpool is battling a gang of French mimes and doesn’t include a bunch of good quips in a sequence that’s just begging for it? Answer to both: Daniel Way.

This volume is somewhat better than volume two (two stars from me), but that’s like saying regular Spam tastes better than turkey Spam or that Chicago XII is better than Chicago XIV. Still, the story line is fairly
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Retired General Thaddeus Ross has put together a team to take on missions no one else will.

Ross has assembled a team of people who either like or don't mind killing with The Punisher, Elektra, Deadpool, and Agent Venom. They're kind of like an anti-hero A-Team except they aren't helping those in need except themselves and when they shoot bullets they actually hit people...a lot of people. I have to say I'm somewhat disappointed with this volume. I expected all these anti-heroes together would
Sam Quixote
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross aka the Red Hulk decides to do something about the world’s dictators and forms a group designed to take them down: Venom, Deadpool, Elektra, the Punisher and himself. But as they set out on their inaugural mission to take down a military dictator in the fictional Asian island country of Kata Jaya, is there more to this scheme than simply bloody justice - and how does the Leader fit into it?

Team books that are made up of people who didn’t start out together as
Oct 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
That was awful.

Terrible story that has nothing interesting to say whatsoever.

Deadpool is not Deadpool.

Punisher is not Punisher

Red Hulk. Who gives a shit about Red Hulk.

The rest are just there to have some lines to say and also half the time out of character.

I was so excited to start the series... and volume 1 was just as boring as it could get with no reason or development whatsoever. No outcome either.

I always liked Dillon's art, and I like most of the characters so that's why I'm going to
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Better than I thought it would be! I was kind of wary of a team book with Deadpool. He so doesn't strike me as someone who works well with others. But as it turns out, that was kind of the point. The majority of the characters in this team aren't exactly known for teamwork.

But man, I felt lost often. This is almost entirely because of my relative lack of Hulk knowledge. Sure, I sort of vaguely knew that General Ross became the Red Hulk. But I had no idea that anything had happened to the Leader,
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novel
Good, clean fun. Well, not so clean. Pretty dirty, really. But that's why it's fun. That being said, I was expecting...more from this title.
David Dalton
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really did not know what to expect. I was away from Marvel for years and it sure felt like I had when I read this collection. Not a big fan of the art. And General Ross a Hulk character? Flash Thompson a Venom? And to me Deadpool seemed way too tame (if such a thing is possible). Read this via Comixology Unlimited. Sometimes a hit and at times like this, a miss.
Gianfranco Mancini
So much potential, so much crap... 2/5 just because I'm a fan of Dillon's art since Preacher :(
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I never made the connection that General "thunderbolt", aka the Red Hulk,should be the leader of the Thunderbolts team. How unfortunate, that this is probably the poorest version of the Thunderbolts to date.

We have the initial team of Villains pretending to be heroes, led by Baron Zemo

Then we have Norman Osborn's team of Villains controlled by the government, who would eventually become the Dark Avengers

Then we have Luke Cage's team of Villains, which was basically Marvel's
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I kinda feel like Daniel Way is under-rated.
And I am a huge fan of Steve Dillon,
who is particularly great a conveying expression,
he is amazingly consistent in his characterizations and his illustrations have the weight of reality in them for me.

If I had any criticism it would be that his action can be stiff and static at times.

I feel like his art brings out Daniel Way's subtle nuances, the way he did with Ennis back when Dillon illustrated "PREACHER".

So you have some awesome characters here
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Scratch this turd off the list.
Sebastian Song
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
War is ugly, so is the art. Engage at your own peril.
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok

This is the first truly lackluster comic I've read this year.

The chemistry didn't work between the bad guys as a new crew of vigilantes in a foreign country. I felt like I was watching jarring scenes of characters who happened to be in the same comic book together and didn't want to be. Part of that is what they were going for, maybe? No chemistry was fleshed out. I had to flip back to the previous page several times when I thought two pages were stuck together but they weren't -- the story
Jun 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this, after quite a few people told me good things about it. But it just fell very flat to me. It's always a risk putting The Punisher into the regular Marvel Universe. With a few exceptions (he works great with Daredevil, and I loved his role in Civil War), I prefer Frank Castle to be off in his own little world, independent of the rest of the Marvel books. This book is a good example why, as he just doesn't seem to fit naturally with the rest of these characters - I ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Stupid, awful garbage. Daniel Way is a mediocre writer, and Steve Dillon is a mediocre artist, and together, they put out a book that's mediocre at best. The team's reasons for working together aren't particularly elaborated on. Way basically just felt like having this team doing stuff, so he threw them together, and it reads like bad fanfic, particularly with Punisher and Elektra randomly hooking up.

Don't bother with any of Way's run on Thunderbolts.
Scott Waldie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was a pretty poor idea to re-imagine the Thunderbolts, even if the idea of having General 'Thunderbolt' Ross take command seems like a natural fit. This has little to nothing to do with the earlier Thunderbolts run, which was awesome, villains as heroes, and instead brings together a team of a bunch of popular characters like Deadpool, Punisher, Red Hulk, Elektra, and Venom, which is completely against the spirit of the original story. The art is mediocre, the characters all act a bit 'off' ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I know a lot of Marvel fans don't like Daniel Way, but I at least enjoy his work even if it's not mind-blowing. It's violent, over-the-top, and profanity-laden fun. Thunderbolts is also those things. I'll be reading the rest!
Jonathan Carlson
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Probably the weakest of all the T-bolt series/lineups. Which is incredibly surprising considering it’s all star cast. Still, it does have plenty of cool moments that definitely make it worth the read.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Story is a bit ‘meh’, but Dillon’s illustrations are super enjoyable so if u are a Dillon fan read it just for that
Chris Game
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Very good and quickly paced story from start to finish. Decent enough art to get by, but the writing carries this one.
Phil Fillinger
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trades
Bought this because “oh cool team!”.

Didn’t like this because “oh terrible writing!”
Holden Attradies
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I think one of the most damning things that can ever be said for a comic was that the best part of it was the cover art. And that was the best part of this.

I really wanted to like this and kept hoping the book would become more enjoyable as it went on but there were just too many flaws. The story flow was unsteady and weird. The characters were given little reason on panel for why they did most things, and for a new series they did a super shitty job introducing these characters to new readers.
Drown Hollum
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero
A few things irked me about this book, but I ultimately enjoyed it and thought it was a lot of fun. So first the bad.

1. Colors. They were bland, and there were a few continuity errors in the book due entirely to the colorist. That's a bummer.

2. AR logos everywhere! This could be a neat idea, but the app doesn't work on any device I've tried it on, so instead it's just ruining good art and distracting.

3. Why the hell doesn't Red Hulk have a mustache? Seriously, he would look so much better with
Jeff Lanter
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I never enjoy writing a negative review, but I have to say this is one of the least impressive comics I've read from Marvel. The issue is that it feels so uninspired and the characters have no personality or depth. I know most of these characters whether it be the Punisher, Agent Venom, or Elektra from other series and I was shocked how stiff and robotic their personalities were. In fact, it was hard for me to differentiate anyone's personality from each other. When you add to that a very thin ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok

THOUGHTS: This book had so much potential when I saw it on the shelf. Red Hulk, Electra, Deadpool...some Spider-Guy? AND PUNISHER!
I'm betting it's not an easy sell to take two of Marvel's biggest characters (Deadpool/Punisher) and put them in a book together on a team. These two characters really don't have the team-up record of characters such as Spider-Man, Wolverine...hell, even Beast. So you'd think the book where these two would team-up on a somewhat long-term
Joe Young
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Way - writer
Steve Dillon - illustrator

General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, believed to be deceased by the world at large, mysteriously resurfaces to recruit a new team of black-ops, under-the-radar, superpowered anti-heroes to clean up the messes the "official" good guys can't touch...or, something like that. The only battle Ross allowed to personally effect him, his dogged pursuit and persecution of the Incredible Hulk, led to horrific personal consequences and ended with him and his
Alyce Hunt
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, the first couple of issues were a little bit confusing - lots of time jumping back and forth, and very rapid introductions to all of the characters as the team was gathered together by Red Hulk. Once it settled down, though, I loved this collection: there's loads of actions, but the interactions between the characters - particularly between The Punisher and Deadpool, and Deadpool and Venom - really elevate it to brilliance.
I'd been thinking about reading Thunderbolts for a while, but I
Peter Derk
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
You know that saying about something not being equal to the sum of its parts?

Here's what you've got:

Punisher: the guy who shoots everyone in the face

Deadpool: the guy who also shoots everyone in the face and oftentimes gets shot in his own face

Venom: Flash Thompson is now wearing the Venom symbiote, which makes sense as his legs don't work the rest of the time

Elektra: Okay, I was never all that hot on Elektra, but that's mostly because she used sais all the time. You know, those weird fork
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I quite liked the old Thunderbolts team, and this is apparently unrelated in any way but the name. That made it something of a hard sell for me, particularly since I only really cared about Deadpool and Venom out of the characters presented here (also including Elektra, the Punisher, and the Red Hulk, primarily). That said, this worked pretty well. It's a collection of killers and mercenaries... military types, in general, and since the Red Hulk is none other than General "Thunderbolt" Ross, the ...more
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