The Thunderbolts have a protracted and sophisticated historical past within the Marvel Universe, with an ever-changing roster of each heroes and villains alike. Recently getting used as a police pressure for Wilson Fisk, throughout his tenure as mayor of New York City, the Thunderbolt’s identify had been tarnished in violence and concern. But with Thunderbolts #1 (Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse, Java Tartaglia, VC’s Joe Sabino), issues for the workforce are altering again to a well-recognized establishment. Hawkeye, a.ok.a. Clint Barton, has been appointed chief for a brand new line-up of the as soon as notorious group, however given his troubled historical past together with his first go round as workforce chief, can Clint handle to keep away from the errors of his previous and stop this new workforce from struggling the identical destiny as his authentic squad?
In the aftermath of the Devil’s Reign (Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, Marcio Menyz, and VC’s Clayton Cowles) occasion, New York City is left with out an official workforce of super-heroes as a result of The Kingpin’s draconic legal guidelines. In an effort to revive hope to the lots, the newly elected mayor, Luke Cage, assembles a workforce of Thunderbolts with the assistance of a public relations firm. Attempting to salvage the moniker of the workforce and restore it to its former glory, Cage appoints Hawkeye as workforce chief as a result of his earlier expertise main the Thunderbolts throughout one in all their authentic incarnations. After a disastrous first outing on the finish of the problem, it looks like Clint’s second likelihood at main the group may be doomed to fail identical to earlier than.
The authentic incarnation of The Thunderbolts consisted solely of varied supervillains masquerading as heroes beneath the management of Baron Zemo, however pretending to be heroes for therefore lengthy really managed to encourage nearly all of the group to attempt to go straight. While on the run from the regulation, however nonetheless attempting to show themselves as heroes, Clint Barton manages to persuade the reformed rogues to permit him to grow to be their chief in change for pardons for his or her previous misdeeds. Not really having the deal for the pardons labored out and already mendacity to his new allies, Barton’s mistake would really resurface later down the road inflicting immense strains in belief between Clint and his workforce.
Even although the pardon fiasco inevitably labored itself out, Barton’s failings as a workforce chief did not cease there. Not solely did each MACH-1 and Hawkeye himself should endure stints in jail, however Clint finally relinquished management of the workforce again to the nefarious Baron Zemo, who had tricked the Avenger into believing that he had reformed. Clearly, Clint had his coronary heart in the precise place, however his transferring management to a villain exhibits that possibly he should not be calling the pictures. As the previous Avenger takes the reins as soon as extra with a contemporary workforce of Thunderbolts, Hawkeye’s deceiving nature and his poor judgment calls might very nicely lead the workforce to implode on themselves.
The trendy line-up of the Thunderbolts are largely youthful, inexperienced heroes, who look to the previous guard for assist and steerage. But with Clint Barton being their chief, they may be in over their heads. Hawkeye’s propensity to deceive and mislead his teammates with a view to advance his personal ambitions and objectives might very nicely drive the group aside in the event that they discover out about his darkish secrets and techniques or how he lied to his first workforce of Thunderbolts. Although the hero genuinely means nicely sometimes, his values and the way he goes about his objectives are one other story, with Clint standing out as one of many extra morally grey heroes.
Hawkeye has come a good distance from his time as a villain, and the person is certainly a hero lately, however when he is performing as a workforce chief it paints a unique image completely. His first two makes an attempt at working the Thunderbolts led to lower than stellar methods, resulting in the workforce disbanding at one level completely, and if he continues to information his present allies the identical method, issues will probably come full circle. They say lightning by no means strikes twice, and with The Thunderbolts having the tagline “Justice, like lightning”, Clint had higher hope that holds true in regard to historical past repeating itself. With the Thunderbolts’ identify on the road and the lifetime of his comrades in his palms, Hawkeye would possibly very nicely trigger the workforce to finish up precisely like his previous one, or worse.