The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Marvel’s Thunderbolts

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Matt Key, Taliesin Jaffe, and Amy Dallen teamed up to talk about a group of anti-heroes and villains turned heroes (or are they?)—Marvel’s Thunderbolts.

The Thunderbolts, a team that Taliesin described as “my favorite weird guys who got me hooked on comics,” were introduced first in Incredible Hulk #449 in 1997.


“It was a superhero team of brand new characters,” he said, “with really old school, old fashioned superhero theatrics.” They had names like Songbird, Mach 1, Atlas, Meteorite, and more. Hulk found the heroes strangely familiar, although he didn’t quite put together why.

The Thunderbolts then starred in their own book by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, where the truth about them was revealed.

Take a look at the gallery below for specific recommendations from the episode.

The hosts also talked briefly about the Onslaught event that was the precursor to this team, DC Comics’ Secret Six, Avengers/Thunderbolts, and Civil War.


Did you know The Wednesday Club has their own letters column with questions and comments from viewers? Send in your thoughts, comic recommendations, questions, and more to Matt, Amy, and Taliesin at [email protected] and you might just see yourself on the next episode.

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All Images: Marvel Comics