I was skeptical of how Deadpool would translate into a novel despite seeing it technically pulled off in fanfiction many times…and I was right to be sI was skeptical of how Deadpool would translate into a novel despite seeing it technically pulled off in fanfiction many times…and I was right to be skeptical.
Petrucha's Deadpool is a mix between Way's and Duggan's; actually it seems like he put Way's Deadpool in Duggan's settings. Some back story is explained but it makes it just more obvious that they were picking and choosing what they want to include about Deadpool; with the description of his relationship with Bob, the relationship we see with Preston, and the fact that he still has his "boxes" this takes place perhaps slightly before 2015's Battleworld and yet halfway into Way's run.
All that can be excused, he's a comic book character after all, but the premise of the book is horrible. There are a ton of puppies spread around the city that are about to turn into monsters so Deadpool has to catch 'em all. You have no reason to care whether he succeeds or fails so the book rests on the assumption that you'll be so engrossed in the prose that the plot is inconsequential, but that didn't go so well either.
The action is constant and well written which is a good portion of what you're looking for when you buy a Deadpool book of any kind but more than anything he is supposed to sell humor and that just didn't work here. Petrucha went for a very slapstick approach to his humor that he just couldn't translate from a comic book page. The fact that he had to constantly keep Deadpool talking to you and needed to incorporate two other voices in into his internal dialogue seems to be a burden to Petrucha, which it would be for anyone, many people even argue it never worked in the comic either. Most always any joke fell incredibly flat for me but as humor is subjective I'll say that I find Deadpool the most engaging and humorous when he's walking the line between carelessly silly and heartbreakingly depressing.
I will say that if you do still want to "read" this I would suggest the audiobook. The voice acting is extremely good and sells the joke slightly better....more
I love dystopias, and for some reason a future therapist will have to figure out I find the post–apocalypse very romantic. The problem with this genreI love dystopias, and for some reason a future therapist will have to figure out I find the post–apocalypse very romantic. The problem with this genre, though, is most of the characters that survive are the ones that seem to be doing the best before things went to hell. It doesn't make sense to me why the survivors would all be white/able-bodied/cis–straight (and when they aren't that gets "fixed" when they make it into a movie) so what I absolutely love about this book is that the stories are about people who aren't poster children of the privileged from our world....more
I've been a lifelong fan of superhero comic books and am excited to see the genre breakthrough into traditional literature arenas, but I feel that I'mI've been a lifelong fan of superhero comic books and am excited to see the genre breakthrough into traditional literature arenas, but I feel that I'm about to be sorely disappointed because nothing will reach the bar that this book has raised.
Not only were the best aspects of the superhero genre represented (the adventure, the ambitious sci-fi, and the no holds barred world building) they also brought what this publishing company was founded on, great stories featuring great representation of marginalized people. It was so exciting to read about my familiar superhero worlds with real people, people of different races and sexualities and genders.
I'd recommend this to not only people who like comic books, or romance, but people were looking for stories with realistic characters. You won't be disappointed....more
Like most cops, Bigfoot kills a lot of innocent people, but unlike most cops, he means well.
And unlike most buddy cop stories this is so much more. IfLike most cops, Bigfoot kills a lot of innocent people, but unlike most cops, he means well.
And unlike most buddy cop stories this is so much more. If you want humor and fun, it's here, but as the story goes on it transcends the gimmick. It will outsmart you, so don't expect some bizarro beach read.
Shamel has an incredible talent that sets him apart from his peers: he can create a premise as outrageous or simply silly as any other weird fiction author but when you open his books you find so much heart you can damn near feel the pages beat in your hands....more
Here is a quote from someone who gave a positive review to this book, "Don’t let the comic book beginnings fool you, this is definitely a book for a mHere is a quote from someone who gave a positive review to this book, "Don’t let the comic book beginnings fool you, this is definitely a book for a mature and decidedly female audience. This book is classic Marvel meets Sex in the City."
Besides placing quote marks around "mature" and "female" this pretty much sums up why I'm giving it a negative review.
By the way, Marvel, a huge part of your fan base is female and so you don't need to pander to what marketing companies tell you women are like by changing our favorite characters. ...more