Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Comic Book Wednesday: If Deadpool's the New Wolverine, then Captain %^&* has to be the new Deadpool.

It's not like he's done anything since Nextwave, right?
Seriously, in the past month, Deadpool has appeared in the Thunderbolts crossover, the X-Force/Cable crossover, his own series, a one-shot, and now a five issue mini-series. You'd think he's the one with the movie coming out next month.
Oh, and remember last time 'round when I was all cocky and arrogant over how my presentation went? Got the mark back, and yeah: justified. It's just like I always say: pressure makes diamonds. Losing the memory card? Wrecking the bike? Getting chased by a dog? All part of the master plan.
...All right, I've veering off into crazy talk, so let's get to business.
Deadpool: Suicide Kings 1 of 5. By Mike Benson & Carlo Barberi. Deadpool gets hired by rich gambler Conrad to take out Conrad's bookie. But said bookie's got plans of his own for Deadpool... Yeah, so that's pretty vague, but honestly, this issue's all set up: the only action is Deadpool against two nameless thugs, and I think you can guess how that turns out. I still don't like the way Deadpool seems to have two internal dialogue voices, both of which are his split personalities, but I guess that's the way he's written in the main series. Additional fact: I call Deadpool's employer Conrad, but that's just the name Deadpool calls him--as far as I can tell, he never actually introduces himself. Oopsie. It's ok, but given how much Deadpool is flooding the market at the moment, either of the crossovers he's participating in is a better read.
Green Lantern 39. Geoff Johns and Philip Tan. Hal copes with his new unwanted ring, while the Controllers accidentally awaken the Orange Lantern Corps. There's some nice work with the various colours here; Johns and co. are certainly making the best out of their ensemble of new corps. Unfortunately, like the Red Corps, the Orange Corps seem pretty one-note, only motivated by greed rather than rage. But maybe that will change. While not reaching a hugely deep philsophical point or anything, the arguments between the Blue Corps of Hope and the Green Lanterns add some depth to the various fistfights. It does feel like Johns is just going through the motions a bit though, like we're just going through the motions until he's finished setting up all the various corps he wants to play with. It's good, but it does have a "treading water" feel.
Dark Reign: Hawkeye 1. By Andy Diggle and Tom Raney. In the midst of Osborn's new reign of Avengers, Bullseye decides NOT to adjust to being a hero. This marks the first (besides Dark Avengers) issue of the new Dark Reign-based series; I'm not sure how you can make an entire line out of it, since so far, all of the imposters' schticks seem to be "we're not very good at repressing our villain sides," but I liked this issue in itself. I do find it kind of funny, retroactively, that all this happened because once upon a time, some reckless kid heroes blew up a city, and now it's led to the most reckless Avengers team ever, but the book itself is an interesting read. Diggle's proven that he can write these characters, and--provided the other Dark Reign titles bring something fresh to the table--I'd like to see where he's going with these.

That's all he wrote. Coming tomorrow: (or possibly the day after) a review of a Peter S. Beagle. What will it be? The Last Unicorn? A Fine & Private Place? The Innkeeper's Song? There's only one way to find out!

Later Days.

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