"Targeted for Death!" Thunderbolts 38 (May 2000)
"Black Hearts" Thunderbolts 39 (June 2000)
"V for Vexation!" Thunderbolts 40 (July 2000)
"Tug of War!" Thunderbolts 41 (August 2000)
Reader Rating: Above Average
Roll Call: Atlas, Charcoal, Hawkeye, MACH-2, Moonstone, Songbird, Techno/Ogre
Summary: Citizen V seeks help from the Thunderbolts to escape from her employers, the V-Battalion. When Citizen V is revealed to be Dallas Riordan and abducted by the real Crimson Cowl, the Thunderbolts enlist help from the Sandman to pursue the Battalion to their European base.
Also: The Thunderbolts' stalker is identified as Scourge as he battles Baron Zemo in South America; the Kree warrior woman inside Moonstone draws her off Earth; Abe and Melissa deal with the change in their relationship; Techno continues with his experiments on someone who looks strikingly like Jolt, manifests a human-like body, and discovers an "insidious gambit" perpetrated by the Crimson Cowl through Man-Killer; Gyrich and his Roxxon contacts try to distance themselves from Omega-32; and Andrea Sterman is hired to investigate one of Scourge's killings. The Penance Council of the V-Battalion are revealed to include the Destroyer, Goldfire, Iron Cross, Nuklo, and Topspin. Silver Sable is not present, but is shown in a couple of flashback panels.
Continuity: Zemo's face-off with Scourge ends with the Baron's apparent decapitation. His survival will ultimately be explained in "City of Hope" (2002/07/01). The Cowl's "insidious gambit" is finally explained in "Becoming Heroes" (2002/08/01). Katrina considers the possibility of joining the T-Bolts for the first time.
Comments: The Zemo/Scourge battle is a secondary plot to this four-issue arc, but it takes up most of "Black Hearts," and is the best fight scene in Thunderbolts history.
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