By Ben Morse
This April, a clash over a decade in the making will rock the very history of the Marvel Universe when the Thunderbolts face none other than—the Thunderbolts!
The time-tossed current T-Bolts will touch down on the very day their predecessors formed the team in a three-part storyline by writer Jeff Parker and artist Declan Shalvey that kicks off April 4 in the pages of THUNDERBOLTS #172. The Fixer and Moonstone must confront their former teammates and past selves while the likes of Mister Hyde, Satana and Centurius find themselves face-to-face with Citizen V, Songbird, Atlas and more!
As we prepare for this titanic showdown, artist extraordinaire and longtime Thunderbolts fanatic Declan Shalvey has opened up his sketchbook so we can see his takes on the group founders and shared insight into his creative process.
Today, it’s time to look back at MACH-1. Today, Abner Jenkins serves on the supervisory staff of the T-Bolts—though not as a member of the active team traveling through time—in his most up-to-date armor as MACH-V. When the group first formed, the one-time Beetle had not even explored the idea of redemption, which would come later on the heels of a romance with his teammate, Songbird.
“I really wanted to draw this version of his flight-suit, so I was really glad I got the opportunity to do so in this story. Took me a while to get my head around the design, but now that I have, I think I prefer drawing this version than the MACH-V version. Story idea: Abe takes place in an epic battle where he's forced to use all his MACH-suits. Write it up [Jeff] Parker!” –Declan Shalvey
Stay tuned all this week for more glimpses into Declan Shalvey’s Thunderbolts Sketchbook, and get psyched for THUNDERBOLTS #172, coming April 4!