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Big Two Debut Comics Roundup: Hulking out with Deadpool and Doctor Strange

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Big Two Comics Roundup where we take a look at a handful of comics from Marvel and/or DC in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers. Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far.

Each comic will receive a both a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly as well as a score out of ten. The former is based upon how easy it was for new readers to pick the issues up; expect miniseries or first issues to be rated as friendly by default. For second or third issues, more consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. The score out of ten is Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

This version of the Roundup will feature exclusively comics from Marvel or DC comics, all of which were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel) Let’s be completely honest, here. You know who the Hulk is and you know who Bruce Banner is. I’m fairly sure Bruce Banner was killed in one of Marvel’s big events recently, but beyond that I have no idea what the Hulk’s deal is anymore. Thankfully, that doesn’t matter. Immortal Hulk is a Friendly comic the plays up the pant-messing fear that the Hulk should elicit from any normal person – regardless of which side of the law they stand. Rating: 9

Deadpool #1 (Marvel) Once again… you know who Deadpool is, and you probably know what to expect. As far as things go, this is an enjoyable Friendly (but not kid-friendly) comic that shouldn’t surprise any who have recently seen the character’s offering on the silver screen.

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) Once again, there’s a chance you know who Doctor Strange is – especially if you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War. That being said, this is a comic that is easily read by those who haven’t picked up a Doctor Strange story before (this means it’s Friendly), and this is easily my highlight of the week when reading comics for this feature. Absolutely brilliant. Rating: 9.5

 

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and there’s so much for geeks to do. What will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the week day to end and week end begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Gamestop Increases Its Diversification; Soon to Begin Test-Selling Comics in Select Stores – Will you head to Gamestop to get your comics?

Plant Based News – Vegan Artists Join Forces To Create Graphic Novel Cookbook – Are graphic novel cookbooks the next big thing?

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Boston Metaphysical Society: The Scourge of the Mechanical Men

Talking Comics – Deadpool #1

IGN – Jupiter Jet Vol. 1

 

 

Review: Deadpool #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the new beginning for Deadpool!

Deadpool #1 is by Skottie Young, Nic Klein, Scott Hepburn, Ian Hearing, and Jeff Eckleberry.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, ere’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

AlterNet – Noam Chomsky’s Political Analysis Comes to Life in Graphic Novel – Rather… interesting…

Newsarama – Marvel Studios Courting Super Troopers’ Broken Lizard Team – Intriguing.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Abbott #5

Newsarama – Deadpool #1

Newsarama – Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1

Newsarama – The Immortal Hulk #1

Talking Comics – The Last Siege #1

Comic Attack – Outpost Zero #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: The Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel) – Leave Banner alone! Al Ewing and Joe Bennet kick off this back to really angry basics and I couldn’t be more excited. I am glad we are getting back to a mad as hell, uncontrollable monster who’s fighting other monsters. Nuff said!

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I am excited to see what Waid does with this book. I have loved the last run of Strange, and really enjoyed what Cates with the character. Jesus Saiz is handling the art duties, and if I am going by the cover, then this looks very interesting. Strange in space sounds well, Strange, but that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Let’s get weird!

Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – The last run with Gerry Dugan and company was so good, and it was quite a lengthy run at that. Here we get Skottie Young writing (who yes is much more famous as an artist), while Nic Klein does pencils. I am assuming this will be a Marvel flavor of his own creator owned series, I Hate Fairyland, and that should be a good thing! I have high hopes for this.

Justice League #1 (DC Comics) – This is a book with a classic team with Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung on pencils. This title was not getting what it deserved perhaps until Priest took over right before this relaunch. I am glad that they are taking this book seriously and giving it the level of attention it deserves.

 

Brett

About Betty’s Boob (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – A mostly silent comic about a woman who loses a breast to cancer and then her job and then her boyfriend. Sound depressing? It’s not. A wonderful graphic novel which shows the power of the medium.

Death or Glory #2 (Image Comics) –  The first issue was a lot of fun action with some great characters, solid setting, fantastic details and art. I want to see where it all goes from here.

Man of Steel #2 (DC Comics) – I thought the first issue was just ok but what happened to Lois and Jonathan has me intrigued to see this mini-series through. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has the characters down perfect, it’s just the plot that needs a little more punch.

Star Wars #49 (Marvel) – Marvel’s Star Wars comics have been amazing adding to the overall universe and filling in backstory. With issue #50 just a month away, I’m excited to see more of what’s on tap. Just lots of fun for fans of Star Wars.

The Walking Dead #180 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – The opening of a new city to the series has breathed new life and it’s clear there’s something sinister going on. I have no idea where this is all going but I’m along for the ride.

Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Deadpool is not a comic character I generally enjoy. There’s some iterations where he’s more the loose cannon with some slight humor I enjoy, for example as a member of Wolverine’s X-Force. But, the pure comedic/slapstick take in comics I just don’t find funny. What’s weird is, the humor I don’t enjoy on the page, I do enjoy on the screen. While it’s a bit less Looney Tunes when it comes to live action, the jokes work due to the excellent comedic timing of the various actors.

Deadpool 2 ups that humor to 11 but it’s at the expense of a plot. So, this sequel both succeeds and fails spectacularly at the same time.

The general plot involves time travel and a new character Cable traveling back to stop a mutant from going bad and killing a lot of folks. Deadpool thinks that kid has a chance at redemption and to stop Cable he needs to form a group. There’s really no reason he needs a group, it’s just an excuse to go bigger in the end and sets up one of the best jokes of the film.

And the setting up of jokes is what the film is about. It’s a comedic porno in that it’s goal is to set up the next scene and the money shot. That’s it really. The action is over the top. The acting is ho-hum. It’s all fan-service by introducing characters and namedropping locations and other comic Easter eggs to make the fans excited. There’s no real reason for any of these things other than fan service.

With more fourth wall breaking and meta jokes, the film feels like the jokes came first and the sequences and plot came second. As I said above, the plot is pretty thin. It’s basically a reverse Terminator (pretty sure that joke is mentioned). But, like the Looney Tunes Deadpool emulates, the film is all about the gags and for the most part, they land. There’s a lot of jokes and I found myself laughing a lot. Like cry/piss your pants level of laughing. The film is a success in that way.

And those jokes are interesting. There’s the macho/borderline homophobic jokes from the first film like a “dick in the mouth” but the film also is shockingly progressive. It’s almost self-aware about it all.

The first LGBTQ character in a live action comic adaptation (I think) is introduced with Negasonic and her girlfriend Yukio and Deadpool doesn’t care. He congratulates her. There’s an entire speech about the lack of plus-sized superheroes. There’s ongoing jokes about Cable being racist. Deadpool multiple times comments about the “Men” in X-Men and how it’s sexist. But, there’s also pedophile jokes and some other borderline ones. The film seems to cover it all in a weird way.

Generally though characters are presented as parts of jokes or to play off of. Cable is too much of a straight man and too serious. Domino is underused. The rest of X-Force… well, just see the film. Negasonic and Colossus are good foils and play off of Deadpool well in similar chemistry as the first film but again, not really needed. It’s all there to get that key shot and up the cool factor.

The best part of the film is the end credit scenes which really sum up the humor of it all. The admission is worth it for them alone and had me leave the movie with a smile.

The film isn’t bad. It’s quite funny. There’s just little plot, something that’s a big step backwards from the original. The movie delivers the humor and a surprising amount of heart and while is a distant third of Marvel film properties to see this year (so far), it’s still worth checking out. It’s just a lesson that turning things to eleven is not always the best course.

Overall Rating: 6.0

Movie Review: Deadpool 2

deadpool 2 imax poster

Deadpool 2 is a triumph of the genre of R-rated action comedy whose only peers are its predecessor and a few Shane Black movies. The major problem with this is the very obvious comparison to the first, which it doesn’t quite live up to, despite patented “Maximum Effort.”

The first was such a breath of fresh air and countered so many expectations. This is another bloated summer blockbuster sandwiched between Infinity War and Solo, and maybe we’re having a bit of remorse at eating at the all-you-can-geek-buffet of the Summer of 2018. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, after Infinity War’s dour ending, Deadpool 2 is the palate cleanser many of us need.

Enter our anti-hero, Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), who has become a worldwide assassin. But when he reaps the whirlwind from a hit gone wrong, he takes up with his frenemies the X-Men as a trainee. They begin tracking a troubled teenage mutant, who is also being hunted by time travelling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin). To keep up, Deadpool founds his own team called X-Force, and. . . wackiness ensues.

Anyone who owns a trade of Deadpool and Cable knows where this movie is heading, so there shouldn’t be too many shocking plot twists. However, the movie sure takes its time getting there. It starts with an absolutely gonzo bonkers opening, culminating with a James-Bond-style opening credits scene while Celine Dion sings.

Aside — Can we please make sure this is nominated for Best Song for the Oscars?

And then. . . it sure takes its time before getting going again. The middle half of the film is packed full of jokes and even a few cool action setpieces here and there, but it doesn’t ever get back to that place of greatness until its last half hour or so. And then it’s sheer perfection. It tops it all off with the single greatest post credits sequence of all time—worth the price of admission itself.

This begs the question, why pad the middle so much? One of the best parts of the first Deadpool was its all-killer-no-filler pace and leanness. This film felt like it was waiting for something (its sudden but inevitable twist!) to take that next step.

This is also surprising for director David Leitch, whom the credits refer to as “One of the guys who killed John Wick’s dog.” Leitch’s previous work on the John Wick movies and Atomic Blonde show not only a great sense of pace, but also a visual style and flair that is missing from this film. This film felt workmanlike and studio-approved-as-safe, but never pushed any boundaries. And that’s what Deadpool is great at.

Also what Deadpool is great at is understanding he is in a movie. That has never been more clear until Deadpool 2. That humor is front and center in the movie, as Deadpool kills not only every bad guy he comes across, but also mourns the death of Logan, kills himself (multiple times), kills different versions of hmself, kills Ryan Reynolds, and on and on and on. It’s so self-aware, and pushes home that if a Fox-Disney merger goes through, Deadpool will be the king of franchise-skewering and post credits scene massacres and cameos.

And while the film lies pretty squarely on the shoulders of Reynolds and Brolin, the supporting performances are really what make the film. Julian Dennison (who was also in Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople¸which is quickly becoming a major geek nexus) is Russell, our young mutant in need. Like his counterpart in Wilderpeople, he’s more likely to flip you the bird than say thank you, so he’s perfect for Deadpool.

Also pitch perfect is Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino. While Deadpool derides her mutant power of “luck” as being stupid and “not cinematic enough,” it is, in fact, her performance and powers that give the film what visual brilliance and fun it has. Unfortunately, too much of it comes too late in the film, leaving us wondering why we couldn’t have more Domino earlier.

And finally, a moment to talk about Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who it is revealed in this movie, has a girlfriend named Yukio.

Bravo to Fox, who is the first studio to reveal any sort of LGBTQIA superhero on screen in a major superhero franchise. You’d think it wouldn’t have taken this long, but it somehow did. And? It’s treated with such a non-plussed attitude, it’s refreshing. Yes she has a girlfriend. No, it’s not a big deal. At all. And isn’t that how it should be?

So this is a really fun film. It starts strong, then takes a nap for about 45 minutes while it churns through all of the plot, and then gets really great again. Deadpool fans will get everything they want and more. And it makes you even more amped for sequels featuring Cable, Domino, and everyone else.

4 out of 5 stars

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