Marvel Comics (June, 1999)
WRITER: Kurt Busiek
PENCILER: Mark Bagley
INKER: Scott Hanna
COLORIST: Joe Rosas
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
Jolt is not happy that she’s being sent to school, but Charlie is thrilled. Erik goes to see Dallas in prison just as she’s broken out. Speaking of prison some discussion is had by government types (including the current head of SHIELD, Commander Bridge and Gyrich, the guy who hates mutants and other superhumans) about the fate of MACH-1. Unaware of this and the kids flying around San Francisco robbing the place and even kidnapping people, Hawkeye takes Moonstone and Songbird to pick up an old flying transport once used by the Champions. However, not getting confirmation from Black Widow due to events in other comics, Warren Worthington, currently going by Archangel, follows along and (not getting the memo) tries to stop them from taking it. Eventually they’re able to convince him to give them the benefit of the doubt, and he makes a few realizations about the base the Thunderbolts are currently using for their headquarters. Then they all find out about the flying people and their boss…Graviton is back!
What they got right: I guess they’re planning to keep these headquarters a while since they’re sending the teens to school. It’s probably the first time Charlie’s done something normal so it makes sense that he’s all for it. We’re going to get some kind of resolution to Graviton’s return. And I’ve always liked the Archangel costume. At this point he has his normal wings back, which is good to see.
What they got wrong: Why is Jolt so angry? It just feels off. It was also weird seeing Songbird and Archangel flirt during battle when at the start of the comic she showed she’s still ticked at Hawkeye because of MACH-1 being in prison but still tries to stop Moonstone from getting any influence on Hawkeye.
Recommendation: A bit more low-key that we’ve seen but still a decent issue to check out.