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Thunderbolts Sketchbook: The Fixer

Artist Declan Shalvey preps the original T-Bolts to meet their modern day counterparts

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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, we take a look at The Fixer from back when he went by the moniker Techno. Paul Norbert Ebersol bought in to Baron Zemo’s original plan as much as any, reaping the benefits of being considered a hero. Today, he has walked a shaky path to redemption, but how will he react when confronted with his indulgent past self?

“This arc of [THUNDERBOLTS] really is at its core, all about Norbert Ebersol. He has felt out of place on the current team for quite a while, resulting in the team's 'Great Escape' through time. All his frustrations are building to a head and will have huge ramifications for the team. I like how the current Fixer costume is strongly influenced by this original Techno design, yet is much more stylized. Also, it doesn't have that bandanna anymore!” –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!

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