This issue is great because it shifts the focus away from the Thunderbolts team and puts us in the shoes of a number of policemen from Victorian England. Through them, we get what Jeff Parker wanted to show us: the weirdness that superheroes present in the pre-WWII era. While figures that Cap, Namor and Bucky were prevalent around that time, in this issue we actually get to see a society where people literally have no experience.
The writing and art are solid like always, and I like how they haven't quite abandoned the "good" Thunderbolts team. I think Luke Cage, Songbird and the others have a valid place in the book that shouldn't be overlooked.
Not much; I didn't really have a lot of problems with anything in the book, except that there was a lot of police dialog that really went nowhere. Certain panels/pages could have easily been omitted in favour of more productive storytelling. The cliffhanger ending is a bit unclear, as well; guess we'll have to wait and see what next week brings.
Now that Fear Itself is over, I'm worried that THUNDERBOLTS might fall by the wayside in terms of storytelling; I want Jeff Parker to be able to tell great stories, but this time-hopping excursion really seems to have overstayed its welcome.
I know that they're trying to do something different, but it seems like Marvel wouldn't let them do anything major to muck up the timestream; it kind of throws a pall on the whole thing, and makes me wonder how soon they'll pop back into the present, maybe switch a member or two, and resume the status quo.