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I’m not really a Deadpool fan. I also haven’t been a Gwenpool fan either for similar reasons as to Deadpool. The fourth wall breaking schtick is something that doesn’t appeal to me as a reader. Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 as me changing my mind on things.
Written by Leah Williams, Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 has Gwen Poole desperate to not disappear into comic limbo. So, she’s on a mission to gain powers to win readers over. The first task is to rob the bank, get Spider-Man’s attention, and maybe unmask him.
Williams lays things out for readers in a fun meta opening. The explanation elevates Gwenpool from “female Deadpool from our world” to something more. There’s a dive into the layered explanation of the character and what writers can do with her. Williams then does it, using the story and character to explore fandom and superheroes.
What really stands out is the art. David Baldeón‘s art with Jesus Aburtov‘s color is amazing. Add in Joe Caramagna‘s lettering and the comic comes together and exceeds my expectations. There’s a point the art shifts as Williams goes overly meta and breaks the pages. Gwenpool launches between the pages and within the comic itself. At that point the art becomes truly amazing with twisting visuals that will make your jaw drop.
The comic had me intrigued with the opening discussion of what makes the character stands out. It’s the later visuals that have me wanting to see more of this series. I wasn’t much of a fan of Gwenpool before but I’m definitely intrigued now.
Story: Leah Williams Art: David Baldeón Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 8.0 Art: 10 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Terry Dodson Rated T+ In Shops: Aug 14, 2019 SRP: $3.99
POOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!
That’s right – everyone’s favorite comics-fan-turned-comics character is back, and this time, she’s playing for keeps! Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she’s going to make an impact on the Marvel Universe! First up: Unmask Spider-Man! And heck, maybe see if she can get some real super-powers while she’s at it!
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(W) Gail Simone (A) David Baldeon (CA) R. B. Silva Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 06, 2019 SRP: $3.99
BULLY, BRAWLER, MERCENARY, SPIES: THE MARVEL UNIVERSE’S HOTTEST TEAM IS HERE! • Domino and her pals Outlaw and Diamondback are caught between warring nations! And it’ll take a whole new crew of international women of mystery to sort it out! • Featuring the titanic talents of Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and David Balde n (Spirits of Vengeance)!