"The Inheritance" Thunderbolts 35 (February 2000)
"How is Justice Best Served?" Thunderbolts 36 (March 2000)
"The Bug Bites Back!" Thunderbolts 37 (April 2000)
Reader Rating: Average
Roll Call: Atlas, Charcoal, Hawkeye, Moonstone, Songbird, Techno/Ogre
Summary: The T-Bolts mourn the death of Hallie, then go after the new Beetle whose mysterious motives involve Justin Hammer and The Commission.
Also: Citizen V splits from the V-Battalion when she refuses an assignment; Gayle Rogers learns too much and becomes the next victim of the T-Bolts’ stalker; Techno begins brewing up something that looks an awful lot like Jolt; and Abe returns to the team with a new, darker complexion and a new name: MACH-2.
Appearances from Blacklash, Blizzard, Hydro-Man, and Speed Demon. The real Ogre is seen in a cryotube.
Continuity: Abe’s abandoned Beetle armor is returned to the Commission. Hawkeye makes a quip that will come back to haunt him in "Redemption?" (2001/03/01). Techno recovers Jolt's body, as will be revealed in "Heroic Tendencies" (2001/02/01). Speed Demon goes to work for Hammer again, and escapes. Blizzard, no doubt freed from prison by Justin Hammer, appears in a freaky new costume. He is captured and "the ice converters in his costume" are disabled.
Comments: Fabian Nicieza’s script brims with surprises, but the story develops jerkily and is overburdened with exposition. Greg Adams’ inking in the first installment adds a darker and, to my eye, more satisfying heft to Mark Bagley’s pencils. The third installment is unfortunately marred by several careless lettering errors. But you’ve got to love Moonstone in a jet black body stocking.
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