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.
First off: Songbird! While she has proven herself a hero many times over by now, this incarnation of the former Screaming Mimi still grapples with serious self-confidence issues and questions of whether or not she’s got what it takes to stand among the Marvel Universe’s a-list.
“The heart of the team. In this upcoming arc she is far more spirited and reckless than the hero she has since become. The long, long hair was a change for me, after drawing the shorter hair she's sported in the book recently, which I quite like. Really enjoying drawing the old costume, those shoulder-gauntlets are tricky though...” –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!