Spider-Man/Deadpool, Vol. 1: Isn’t it Bromantic by Joe Kelly

Spider-Man/Deadpool, Vol. 1: Isn't it BromanticSpider-Man/Deadpool, Vol. 1: Isn’t it Bromantic by Joe Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was surprisingly really fun.
I much prefer puns and slightly intellectual jokes to Deadpool’s brand of risque humor, but this one made me snicker to myself a lot.

The story follows Deadpool in his attempts to befriend Spiderman, who quit the Avengers for some vague reason I don’t get. Of course, since this is Deadpool, his ulterior motives have ulterior motives, so things are fairly complicated.
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Review: Secret Avengers, Vol. 2: The Labyrinth by Ales Kot

Secret Avengers, Vol. 2: The LabyrinthSecret Avengers, Vol. 2: The Labyrinth by Ales Kot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

This is such a fantastic comic, and I give all the credit to Ales Kot. I haven’t read a ton of stuff by him, but everything I have read, I’ve loved.
He even managed to make a volume of Suicide Squad not suck. So, it goes to figure that if you hand him an actual cool team, he could make it rock. And he does.
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And Michael Walsh’s art is just the perfect compliment to this story. It’s that kind of trippy, blurry, scratchy stuff that I didn’t always enjoy, but it’s really grown on me over the past few years.

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The highlight for me was the stuff with Deadpool and Hawkeye. Deadpool’s self-aware banter breaks the 4th wall constantly during this one. He has some of the hands-down best lines in this thing!

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So this time around the Secret Avengers are all scattered across the globe. Coulson (maybe) has PTSD and has wandered off, Hawkeye is tracking Coulson, Jessica is being introduced to some of Maria’s secrets, Fury is in a coma, and Black Widow is…in another dimension? And how does Deapool fit into all of this? Well, you’d have to ask M.O.D.O.K..

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Ok, the plot is just…wacky. There’s no need for me to go into any details, because it won’t make a bit of difference. The real fun is in the way Kot writes the dialogue between characters.
Now, I will say the the last couple of issues seemed to run off the rails a tad, and the (already) nutty storyline got a bit too screwy for my taste. It’s the only reason this didn’t make it into 5 star territory for me. Even so, I’d recommend this title to friends in a heartbeat.
Especially if they were looking for something a little different.

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Review: X-Men Origins: Deadpool by Duane Swiervzynski (writer), Leandro Fernández (art),

X-Men Origins: DeadpoolX-Men Origins: Deadpool by Duane Swiervzynski

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, he gets points for originality.
Instead of just telling Deadpool’s origin, Swiervzynski (Did I spell that right? All the letters are jumbling together in my head…) does something a little different.

Wade decides his life would make a kick-ass movie, and starts interviewing directors. After he gets rid of a few that he doesn’t like, he finds a guy who he thinks gets his concept. Riiight.

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I think this is probably the closest thing to a real origin story you’re going to get with an unreliable narrator like Wilson.
I doubt this will be considered the Definitive Deadpool Origin or anything, but it was ok.
And, really, that’s about all you can ask from this character.

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Review: Deadpool, Vol. 5: Wedding of Deadpool by Brian Posehn

Deadpool, Vol. 5: Wedding of Deadpool

Deadpool, Vol. 5: Wedding of Deadpool by Brian Posehn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

The title is pretty darn accurate, so I don’t think I’ll be spoiling anything if I let it slip that Deadpool gets hitched in this one.

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The actual wedding is only a tiny part of the volume, and the rest is filled up with Wade’s previous marriages.
According to his memories *cough* he’s been married quite a few times.
In other words, you have an unreliable narrator telling silly stories about how he met and married various women. It’s up to the reader to pick through and decide if he’s even met some of these women, much less married them. And I guess that’s half the fun of reading this title.
I will say that I didn’t have as hard a time reading this as I originally thought I would. Sure, it’s really repetitive and full of chimichangas and dick jokes, but I guess most Deadpool fans already know what they’re getting into, right?
So is this something you should read?
How the hell should I know?!

One interesting thing about this volume is that the cover (issue #27) made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most comic book characters on a single issue.

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Yep. Seriously.

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Review: Night of the Living Deadpool; by Cullen Bunn

Night of the Living DeadpoolNight of the Living Deadpool by Cullen Bunn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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At first, I thought this was about the walk of whore-ers…so I wondered why we had a whole theme of reading about Lono’s Wednesday afternoons…then I realized it meant SCARY Stuff (Then again, I’ve seen some of those Whores…yikes! and Lono’s balls? it’s like Emperor Palpatine’s neck in Jedi!). But I digress…

Anyhow, this is a short, fun, funny, and only conceptually scary book. It’s about zombies, so I know it counts. Also, it’s a tribute to the Romero films and enjoyable. I LOVE the colour palette, black, white, read, and other shades but those 3 are the best. The Covers are art. Pure art. I’d hang some on my walls, but then I’d have to take down the Dukes of Hazzard and Kathy Ireland posters…

This is one of the better Deadpool’s I’ve read; Cullen Bunn has a good handle on him now, and there’s not too much smartass 4th wall stuff, but just enough funny bits to make you chuckle in a good way.
“This is a Civil War Graveyard”
“We talkin’ Cap versus Iron Man or Patrick Swayze versus James Read?” ZING!

Superhero cribs smell more like testosterone and B.O. less like mold and fertilizer…

Singing Rush songs? “Working Man”…hilarious!

Making a Jack-o-Lantern out of a severed zombie head and a flashlight? So he can have his sword/gun hand free!

Complaining that killing zombies is actually kinda sad: “But I’ve played video games!”

Clarence, the AIM scientist zombie head companion, then the joke about every time a 9MM Rings…an Angel gets his wings!

Going out in a blaze of glory…”Young Guns Style”! Yes.

The plot itself is pretty decent too, Wade wakes from a food coma (all you can eat Chimichangas) to find that there’s a zombie apocalypse, and all the heroes are dead…except him, and some ragtag peeps in an El Camino all jacked up. There’s the usual stereotypes left in the party, and what happens is what we expect.
(of course the 8 week search for a perfect hideout until they find a terrible one is pretty funny)

Then the usual sliver of hope, and whatever happens from there, Deadpool puts himself into his work…and a different, yet nifty ending.
I’d love to see it continue in some way, but who knows. (We also get to see Bunn’s notes on what he might have done with the series in the back).

So pretty fun, some good laughs that hit my pop culture target, and we have a whore-if-eye-ing good time!


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Review: Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep by Rob Williams

Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The DeepFear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep by Rob Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Not sure why the X-Force story was put together with The Deep story in this.
Maybe they both needed a few more issues to be sold as a volume?
Yeah, they both have to do with the Fear Itself storyline, but they don’t intersect with each other.

Anyway.
It shouldn’t surprise you that I loved the issues of X-Force.
Dark, irreverent, funny, and I still love the hyper-slick look of the artwork!
So win-win all around for me!

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The X-Force is going after a religious zealot who is using the Fear thing as an excuse to kill. Only this guy is planning on killing not just mutants or superheroes, he wants to kind of kill off…everyone
You know, to save their immortal souls from the fires of Hell, or some such nonsense.

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I loved it!
And the moral of the story is this: If you try to nuke Manhattan, Wolverine and Deapool will stab you.

The Deep was a bit of a disappointment.
It’s not that it flat-out sucked, it’s just that it could have been so much better.

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This one had a great cast of interesting characters, but it barely held my interest.
Namor, Dr. Strange, Loa, Silver Surfer, and Savage She-Hulk!
Hello? This should have been an easy win! Instead, it was sort of boring.

The Fear (toxin? spirit? what is it?) gets Namor, and he has to *cough* learn to Fight His Fear to save the day…
Imperious Rex, bitches!
Only it wasn’t that cool.
Seriously, couldn’t the freakin’ Silver Surfer have taken out CanofTunna?
Sorry. I mean, Attuma.

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With all the heavy-hitters on the team, I never felt like only Namor can save us!, you know?
However, it wasn’t an awful story, just a lot of wasted potential.

5 stars for the X-Force, 3 stars for The Deep.

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Review: Deadpool VS. S.H.I.E.L.D.

Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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There is certainly some funny moments in Deadpool VS. S.H.I.E.L.D.. Agent Coulson discussing Master Baiters, the Watcher thinking maybe he should get a little more involved, the tribute to Aliens in part 3, and Wade’s hysterical trip through airport security. I think the only things that keep me reading this title are the adolescent puns and ultra-violent action that moves the story along at a good clip. Wade’s inner monologue can be amusing at times. This story is a continuation of the ongoing storyline that started way back at issue one. Probably wouldn’t recommend picking this one up if you’re not up to date on the previous volumes because you will be all kinds of lost. No real laugh out loud moments for me in this one, but certainly some smiles. Ok, maybe “Wieners are my spinach” made me chuckle. Not sure if it’s enough for me to pick up the next one though.

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The art in most of the book was serviceable. Not really too keen on the throwback tribute to Jack Kirby in the first issue collected. Was never really a fan of the O.G. back in the day. Still, gotta RESPECT. The rest was ok. Not great. Just mediocre, kinda like the writing. Did appreciate that they did NOT dial down the violence. This one is bloody as all get out. I think I would recommend this one to fans of the first three volumes in the series or Dead-Heads only. Others might want to pick this one up at the library or give it a pass altogether.

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Review: Deadpool, Vol. 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn

Deadpool, Vol. 2: Soul HunterDeadpool, Vol. 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars


Liquor? I hardly know her!

That’s the title of one of the issues, by the way…
Deadpool is on a mission (from Hell) to get Tony Stark to take a drink, so get your mind outta the gutter.
Kidding! This is Deadpool, after all. Might as well leave your mind where it is for a little while longer.

I’ll admit I was a little pissed when I read the thing in the front that said they were printing an old issue of Deapool.
I mean, I just finished Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 7: Monstrous, and they had re-printed a Fin Fang Foom origin story in the back.
Needless to say, it totally sucked ass.
Then I realized I was reading Deapool, and they lied.
LIARS!

I blame lack of sleep, due to a small child and a nightmare, for not catching on to the joke sooner.
The bags under my eyes right now are almost touching my chin.
Mommy isn’t a robot. Mommy needs sleep.
Why the hell can’t you wake up your father for once!

Anyway, this magical old inventory issue they ‘found’ was hilarious. Possibly my favorite part of the entire volume.

Long story short, Wade needs to get the sassy S.H.I.E.L.D agent (from Dead Presidents) out of his head, and back into a body.
He also needs to save the necromancer (also from Dead Presidents), Michael, from the demon he made a deal with to get his powers.
Except he’s gotta kill a lot of other people in order to save Michael’s soul. And since Michael is the best shot they have at getting Agent Preston out of his head, those other suckers gotta die!

Superior Spider-Man, Dardevil, Iron Man, and Peter Parker all make guest appearances in this one. And (bonus!) none of the cameos are wasted!

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Even the letters to Deadpool made me giggle.
The entire thing was funny, and this time around it had an actual plot worth following.
‘Cause to be honest, I wasn’t that big a fan of the first volume.

Unfortunately, my library likes to screw with me.
So, I’ll be reading volume 4 next…while I wait on them to order volume 3.
Oh well, some things are worth reading out of order. Deadpool is one of them.

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Review: Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan

Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Buddy Read with Jeff.
I *glomp* you, pal!
Neither Jeff, nor I, have any idea what *glomp* means, but we noticed our young counterparts using it a lot, decided to try to work it into a review.
You know, to prove we’re down with the hip lingo…’n stuff.
If, by any chance, it means something horrifyingly embarrassing?
Oops.

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So, Angsty Deadpool isn’t totally gone in volume 4, and it kinda brings the high-octane energy of the title down a bit. For me, anyway.
I’m just not sure where the Posehn is heading with this.
Is he now looking for a deep and philosophical Deadpool?
Is he trying to find the character’s motivation?
Are we all going to ‘hug it out’ afterward?
What?
It’s Deapool.
He eats, farts, and kills stuff, while talking to any one of his multiple personalities and/or breaking the 4th wall.
I’m not sure I really want to delve much deeper than that, you know?

Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D was definitely quite a bit lighter than the last volume, Deadpool, Vol. 3: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but it still didn’t come close to Volume 2, in terms of pure fun.

Agent Gorman, who I already hated from his stint in the ultra sucky Elektra: Assassin, plays the assy S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor.
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I’m not sure how even made it into the agency with that the porn star mustache. The ‘stache is always a dead giveaway that someone is a smarmy character!
How did you not see this one coming Coulson?!
I’m sure after this little debacle they’ll be keeping a much closer eye on Tony Stark and Stephen Strange…
Although, the more I looked at Gorman, the more I was convinced that this may be Marvel’s attempt at a crossover with those other guys…
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Uncanny resemblance, no?

I know! Sometimes my deductive skills amaze even me!

Anyway, Gorman evidently has an LMD of Agent Preston, and he’s got it running around selling arms, pushing drugs, and raking lawns.
No, seriously. She’s got a side job doing yard work.
Why get an LMD of Preston?
No idea. But that’s what happened, and now they have to get it back in order to have some sort of vessel to put her consciousness into.
Oh. And Gorman owes Wade money.
That means he’s gotta die.

If the 70’sish issue in the front wasn’t so retarded, I might have rated this one a bit higher. Wakandian Vacation was a waste of time, though. Blech.

If I get a chance, I’ll keep reading this title, but my expectations are much lower at this point.

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