...I ate this entire series up like cereal. I don't really know why I love this series so very much. I pretty much dislike most of the female characte...more...I ate this entire series up like cereal. I don't really know why I love this series so very much. I pretty much dislike most of the female characters and the 'love' relationships but they seem to work better (as in palatable) in this volume than in previous ones. Steele and Blue have both become more likable, which can only be a plus, considering how much my eyes crossed whenever their segments popped up. Pretty much no one ends up where I want them to be but I can't think of any other possible ending that wouldn't require a reboot. And regardless of wishing for an entirely different ending, I still find the one we're given to be satisfying - at least in terms of how everything is entirely in character and I can see clearly why and how it ended up the way it did. That doesn't keep me from my wish fulfillment though. Hopefully she decides to write about the original, marginally happier timeline? Am I the only one that feels this way?
We finally get to see more of the Romans, which is a plus. Augustus and Farragut, what little there was of their interaction, is manfully Epic in galactically Epic ways. More thoughts once I've reread the thing. I think I zinged through it a little too fast and it hasn't settled yet.(less)
This is a straight male bff-in-denial testosterone-filled camaraderie fest. As in they totally are best friends but are too straight to admit any such...moreThis is a straight male bff-in-denial testosterone-filled camaraderie fest. As in they totally are best friends but are too straight to admit any such thing. Well. Unless being chased by rockets, death cyborgs and getting shot at by armies of special agents and/or militias.Maybe. Sort of. At least one of them is. I'm a total sucker for this type of thing.
Able Monroe, the big, black American dude in dark clothes is the driver. Alistair McQueen, the schwei white British dude with white hair in white clothing is the fancy pistol toting fancy. They are both old and cranky as hell. McQueen is Monroe's straight bitchy wife, and Monroe is still wondering why he can't get rid of him. The entire situation adds up to a strangely sweet subplot of injured relations and History that I almost found more interesting than the actual main story. At least until the bullets started raining again, and I was happily flipping pages to see McQueen do something pretty and stylish, and Monroe manfully doing manly things to the bad guys with his very kick ass car.
Plot redux: There are evil shenanigans afoot which trigger the dead ex-President Clinton to posthumously reactivate and send his two special enforcers out into the field for one last mission. They're aging, but they still manage to kick ass -- even compared to the young'uns half their age. Things explode and people die.
Pros: Fun, lightly entertaining. Lots and lots and lots of action. Lots of it. The interaction between the leads are great. I love the reactions of one of the female characters, which strikes me as very realistic considering her situation. Fun characters with really interesting relationships and sly banter. New characters in a new story that isn't about superheroes. (There needs to be more of those.) There is a black guy lead that isn't all gangstery. He's tough, but like ex-military, rather than hoodlum. They are not young. How many new titles launch old people as the lead characters? I can only name one other. For some reason I find their names amusing.
Cons: While this story isn't exactly literature to begin with, there were a couple small issues (Why is the black guy the driver? Monroe's an awesomely badass straight man to McQueen's shiny and deliberately oblivious...fanciness. And they are obviously playing off of very specific cliches, but still. If McQueen weren't so obviously dependent and attached to Monroe, I'd have thought even more about it-- it seems Monroe is meant to be more than just the physical support to McQueen. He isn't just the driver and McQueen doesn't at all see himself above his partner, so after a slight mental ping, I let it go. The art is decent, but a bit gummy for my tastes-- and also almost/slightly too in-your-face graphic. Though, it's helped by the blurring at the most graphic parts so it tends to be less visible than it could be and bearable.
Fav scene: When the two get separated from each other, and during a hailstorm of bullets, meet back again-- Monroe is spitting nails about McQueen. McQueen, with perfect timing, turns around and glows at Monroe, which prompts more bitching.
This 5 part miniseries was apparently not canceled like the rumors say, but I'm not certain when the next story/installment will come out as it apparently did sort of mediocre. I had a great time, though, and am worried/wondering what will happen with those two in the future. It ended on a small bit of a cliffhanger. (less)
I decided to give this series a try despite the first few frightful sets of Liefield covers -- and I was glad that I did so. At times hilarious, at ti...moreI decided to give this series a try despite the first few frightful sets of Liefield covers -- and I was glad that I did so. At times hilarious, at times heartfelt, this is a tale of "We-are-not-at-all-best-friends-and-we-certainly-don't-platonically-love-each-other" odd-straight-man passionate friendship/bonding between a delusional man and a psychopath.
I read this without knowledge of either Cable or Deadpool's canon and past histories, and going back to read them-- I found this current incarnation, as written by Nicieza, to be far more interesting and layered. It helped that for most of the series, where was a consistent artist and colorist group.
The series is not without its failings. Two completely disparate characters are thrown together without much thought (though the few times they have ever interacted within the confines of their own series, they had had that odd resonance with each other for very little reason.) There are McGuffins aplenty, Deadpool borders only being a bit too needy and too noisy (which, I suppose is the point). And while the art starts off strong, with Udon doing the first volume or so, and... I forget the artist that picks up after them who did a wonderful meld of his own style to the what Udon had been doing. Towards the end of the series, about when Civil War shinnanigans kick up, the art becomes pretty inconsistent. Some of the art is good, some not so much. The story begins to derail a little as Nicieza has to deal with a billion outside plotpoints prior to cancellation. Still, considering any strong portrayals of a conflicted and intense male friendship that cheerfully pokes fun at social concepts of gayness, emotionalism, and doesn't/i> disappear when the love interest/girl shows up? I read it just for that. Really.
A wonderful story while it lasted.
Also props for the interpretation of Shen Kuei-- the Cat. From a vaguely Bruce Lee villain rip off into uber hawt HK action hero star... He's been wonderfully improved upon. :D(less)