Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #4
Written by Steve Darnall & Alex Ross
Illustrated by Jonathan Lau
Colors by Vinicius Andrade
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross & Stephen Segovia
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #4 is one fantastic comic book! It’s got a very old school vibe, yet it’s set in modern times, making it one of the few properties that can actually work in modern day. Dynamite has done other pulp heroes and wisely left them in their original time frame, but the creative team proves that Peter Cannon can be updated for current times with great success.
Steve Darnall and Alex Ross bring you an action-packed, well thought out, fun, and entertaining comic to us this month. There is SO much going on in this book, it’s crazy. You’ve got about six different mysteries and subplots running at the same time, yet it’s never confusing or misleading. This issue in particular is a lot of build up to what’s coming, yet the writers are able to weave some great action seamlessly into the story without going out of their way and making it awkward. The character of Peter Cannon is SO interesting, I dare say he’s one of the most entertaining characters in comics today. He’s a modern day guru with deep, dark hidden secrets and he’s also headed towards a war that he probably won’t win. Yet, the character is never bogged down in needless self pity; he’s a true hero and there’s a lot of those missing in comics today.
Artist Jonathan Lau turns in another fine issue. He’s a great artist and I’m very impressed that he can go from book to book and change his style just enough to fit the book, yet keep it his own, and looking fantastic. My only gripe is that he makes some unusual page layout choices in this issue. There’s a LOT of white space, which I’m not a fan of, and at times it can be quite distracting. Other than that, it’s a great looking book.
If you haven’t been reading this book – WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?! Seriously, it’s damn entertaining. A storyline that sucks you in immediately, superb artwork – what’s not to like? Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the character, everything you need to know is waiting there on the page for you. I VERY HIGHLY recommend this comic.