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Update 2: The winner has been announced.

Here’s the weekly giveaway!

The Joker giveaway is over! Good luck to everyone who entered! I’ll be announcing the winner during a site update post this weekend.

Lets go Marvel this time! The site is still heavily tilted towards DC, but it won’t be forever, dear readers!

Today’s book is the paperback collection of Thunderbolts: Justice Like Lightning!

By Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, it’s a hefty piece of Marvel history, collecting the first four issues of Thunderbolts, the team’s first appearance in Hulk, and issues of Tales Of The Marvel Universe Special, Spider-Man Team Up, and the Thunderbolts ’97 Annual.

If you’re looking to get into the excellent Warren Ellis run on Thunderbolts, this is a great companion volume.

The Rundown:

(1) Thunderbolts: Justice Like Lightning TPB – From my personal collection (tight binding, very minor shelf-wear to the exterior like all used books)

(1) Winner – Randomly selected from the comments on this post. You must be logged in when you comment to be eligible. You must also be in the continental USA.

Deadline – You have until 11:59 on Friday, November 12th, 2010. The winner will be contacted that night or early the next morning, and announcement will be made as soon as they are confirmed.

Good luck everyone!

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  1. avatar TheEnd wrote on at November 6, 2010 8:41 am:

    The Thunderbolts have always been one of my favorite teams. The concept is just phenomenal and the reveal is definitely one of the greatest moments in comic book history. I’m glad you’re going Marvel this time, which is hopefully a sign of things to come! Good luck to everyone!

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    avatar Ian replied on November 6th, 2010 at 10:53 pm:

    Absolutely a sign! I’m trying to get the marvel stuff up as soon as possible (that update that allows me to finally tag Marvel characters and do other custom taxonomy stuff is a huge step). Still, it’s a daunting task (I was working on the dc order for a couple years, though not nearly at as breakneck a speed or with as much knowledge about how to do it as I have now.)

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  2. avatar -b. wrote on at November 6, 2010 1:17 pm:

    Wow, cool offering. Good luck folks. I didn’t get into Thunderbolts until I read through the Civil War event followed by Secret Invasion. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of them until I was “forced” to read a few issues because they were tie-ins. And I have always been amazed at their popularity. It would be awesome to read about their beginnings.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 6th, 2010 at 10:52 pm:

    I think that may have been where I caught on as well. When I was starting to get into comics again I read all of civil war and house of m as my marvel intro.

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  3. avatar DevilSoprano wrote on at November 6, 2010 3:26 pm:

    Thunderbolts has been one of my favorite comics for a while. It’s given relatively minor evil characters a chance to change and it’s really shined for a few characters like Songbird and Moonstone and Ghost.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 6th, 2010 at 10:42 pm:

    Is it still running strong? I read the two Ellis volumes and enjoyed them a lot, but wasn’t sure what to get after that.

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    avatar Literally replied on November 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am:

    Man every time I go looking for something new to read recently, someone says something praising of Warren Ellis. I think I’m just gonna use that as my guideline. Was his take on the Thunderbolts significantly different than the beginning stuff?

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 2:26 pm:

    haha, he’s a good writer and he’s stuck his fingers in a lot of pies. It’s hard to avoid him.

    Definitely darker, funny in different ways, but also just because it’s more in that modern way. I don’t know, both books seemed to be good examples of the time they were written.

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    avatar TheEnd replied on November 7th, 2010 at 2:22 pm:

    Well, Ian, it depends on what you think of as “running strong.” The book tells some good stories, but has gone through like 5 direction changes in the last two years. The current direction is pretty good, with Luke Cage rehabilitating the ‘Bolts on the Raft. Kev Walker’s art is a very good fit for the title, too.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 2:25 pm:

    I don’t even know what the Raft is, so maybe I have some catching up to do first.

    I was mainly interested in the Norman Osbourne plotline, but I think that became Seige? Or Dark Reign? Like I said, I need to catch up.

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    avatar TheEnd replied on November 7th, 2010 at 2:29 pm:

    Have you never read Bendis’s first arc on New Avengers? If so, I’m not sure how you don’t remember the Raft. If not, read it! While it isn’t the best from Bendis, it is one of the seminal stories of the last 5-10 years at Marvel.

    The Osborn thing came out of Secret Invasion and became Dark Reign. He used the team as a personal hit squad basically, with a quasi-rotating cast. That ended with Siege, where Stormin’ Norman fell from power. The Thunderbolts were then restarted by Steve Rogers, current top cop of the MU. Boy, do I feel like a recap page!

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 2:37 pm:

    No, I haven’t read much avengers past the 80s, except for in major events. (and the ultimates, I guess)

    I only read secret invasion where it hit she-hulk and runaways, I’m not caught up with that either, haha.

    It’s hard not to really get into marvel, but I have to hold back cause I actually own almost all the DC trades and haven’t caught up there yet either! That part of me that decided to go all the way back to the golden age is kind of a jerk, thinks the part of me that wants to read the modern storylines right now

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    avatar TheEnd replied on November 7th, 2010 at 3:01 pm:

    I’m interested to see how you’ll like the modern Avengers stories. I wonder how long it’ll take you to get caught up.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 4:18 pm:

    I actually recently got New Avengers Vol. 1 as part of a 75 book box of trades (a bunch I got just for giveaways). Do you think I’d be able to jump right in?

    haha, it’s too bad the Marvel section isn’t finished or I’d be able to answer my own question!

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  4. avatar JusticeOrigins wrote on at November 6, 2010 4:56 pm:

    Never heard of this one before. Anybody have a review they’d like to share on it?

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    avatar Ian replied on November 6th, 2010 at 10:40 pm:

    There’s a pretty detailed one over at Collected Editions:
    http://collectededitions.blogspot.com/2008/07/review-thunderbolts-justice-like.html

    But if someone wants to step up to the plate and hit this one for our site, I’d be happy to have it! :D

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  5. avatar forwardnotion wrote on at November 6, 2010 5:38 pm:

    I got into Thunderbolts around Civil War and could only find the trades back to the beginning of the New Thunderbolts run. That makes this particular giveaway even more exciting.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 6th, 2010 at 10:39 pm:

    Glad to hear it!

    Btw, I noticed you lost/changed your password a couple times today. Is everything working well for you now?

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    avatar forwardnotion replied on November 7th, 2010 at 1:03 pm:

    Yeah. For some reason, my go-to password that I know I used here wasn’t working, so I reset it and then changed it back to what it originally was. All is good now, though!

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 2:26 pm:

    Great! Feel free to let me know if you run into any other problems, but it’s good to hear that the automated system helped you handle it.

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  6. avatar henraldo wrote on at November 7, 2010 1:09 am:

    Fun fun fun in the thun thun thunderbolt

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 1:18 am:

    Your favorite character is the Flach? Oh man, that typo sounds like a medical condition ;)

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  7. avatar claynferno wrote on at November 7, 2010 4:37 am:

    Bagley? Yes, please, I deserve to win!

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    avatar Ian replied on November 7th, 2010 at 8:33 am:

    I honestly didn’t realize this was him until I pulled this trade out again. I’m familiar with his work on ultimate spider-man, of course.

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  8. avatar Jockman wrote on at November 12, 2010 9:16 am:

    Wow, I had forgotten Busiek and Bagley did this. No wonder the original run was such a classic.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 12th, 2010 at 10:40 pm:

    I actually forgot myself, until I picked up the book to type up this post!

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  9. avatar Connor wrote on at November 12, 2010 9:58 pm:

    I won’t win, but things happen… ;)

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    avatar Ian replied on November 12th, 2010 at 11:40 pm:

    Hey Connor – just remember, you need to be logged in to be eligible. So make sure to either register or log in and then post! Otherwise it’s a self fulfilling prophecy :(

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