Deadpool and his new wife Shiklah are forced to fend off the aggressive forces of Shiklah’s jilted lover, Dracula. While they are off making quick worDeadpool and his new wife Shiklah are forced to fend off the aggressive forces of Shiklah’s jilted lover, Dracula. While they are off making quick work of the vampire horde, Deadpool’s friend, S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Preston, discovers a terrible secret that threatens her relationship with Deadpool himself.
Look, I’ll be the first person to admit that while I enjoy comics, I'm not exactly current when it comes to big crossover storylines. This particular volume of Deadpool occurs within the time frame of the Marvel Comics event “Original Sin” and it left me feeling a little lost in the grand scheme of things as I didn’t quite understand what was going on. There’s also a weird wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey thing going on involving an afroed Deadpool and a lesser known super heroine, Dazzler.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but the artwork in this volume was flat out terrible. Maybe I’m just not a fan of John Lucas, who knows. At times, it almost looked like it was bordering on John Kricfalusi territory, which is the wrong fit for superheroes (unless you’re talking Powdered Toast Man). I hope that they bring back Scott Koblish for the remainder of the series, his work has been excellent.
Volumes five and six haven’t been as strong as the first four and it has me worried in regards to the series going forward. Duggan and Posehn have proven to be excellent writers, so I hope they find their footing and get things back on track.
Daredevil’s secret identity has fallen into the hands of The Kingpin. Rather than a quick and brutal strike, Kingpin elects to take a slow, punishingDaredevil’s secret identity has fallen into the hands of The Kingpin. Rather than a quick and brutal strike, Kingpin elects to take a slow, punishing measure of revenge against a man who has been a thorn in his side for years. Stripping away everything Matt Murdock holds dear, Kingpin leaves Daredevil a shell of his former self. However, a man without hope… is a man without fear.
In the late 1970s, when Daredevil was on the ropes, Frank Miller took over as corner man and willed the Man Without Fear back into the fight. So in 1986, when writer Denny O’Neil was set to leave series, Marvel asked Frank if he’d be interested in returning to the character in which he had achieved tremendous success. Miller agreed but only if long time collaborator, artist David Mazzucchelli, could accompany him as the two would team up to write what many consider the definitive Daredevil story.
When I read this for the first time nearly six years ago, I remember appreciating it but not being blown away by it. However, given the rising popularity of the character due to the recently released Netflix series, I thought it was time to give it another shot.
The first three quarters of the story is nothing short of excellent. With Kingpin in possession of Daredevil’s secret identity, he begins a ruthless and systematic destruction of Matt Murdock’s life. The IRS freeze Matt’s accounts, the bank forecloses on his apartment and he becomes disbarred as a practicing lawyer. When Matt is at his absolute lowest point, Kingpin demolishes Matt’s apartment leaving the shredded remains of the Daredevil costume atop the rubble.
While Miller isn’t credited with first exploring Daredevil’s Catholic roots, he’s definitely one of few to first use it to great effect. In Born Again, Daredevil’s “resurrection” is due in part to help from Sister Maggie, a nun within the catholic church. Throughout Murdock’s rehabilitation, Mazzucchelli produces a few excellent panels showing Matt in a number of Christ-like poses.
As great as the majority of the story was, the last quarter or so involving Captain America and the patriotic villain Nuke felt like overkill. What seemed like a very intimate story involving two enemies in Daredevil and The Kingpin, exploded to include The Avengers, government conspiracies and destruction on a massive scale. It seemed like Miller tried to include too many characters and events, making what’s meant to feel like a big deal, fall flat.
Over the years, Daredevil has become one of my favorite comic book characters and while Born Again is considered the measuring stick, I’d throw Kevin Smith’s Daredevil, Vol. 1: Guardian Devil up against it any day.
US Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke has been dispatched to Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the recent disappearance of two fellow agents. Just aftUS Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke has been dispatched to Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the recent disappearance of two fellow agents. Just after crossing the city line, Ethan and his partner are t-boned by a transfer truck leaving Ethan rattled and his partner dead. Missing his badge, wallet and gun, Ethan struggles to find his footing in his new surroundings. Unable to reach his wife or his commanding officer, Ethan suspects the town is out to get him. Is Ethan really doomed or has his sanity begun to unravel?
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Say what you will about this story but Pines is anything but boring. Once Crouch does the heavy lifting in establishing the town, the characters and his protagonist Ethan, he slams his foot down on the gas and speeds ahead. As the mystery of Wayward Pines unfolded, I’d be lying if I said I could have ever guessed where the story ended up going.
I think the less you know about this story, the better. I had read a few reviews before I decided to grab it from Netgalley and luckily, not a lot was spoiled. If you can, I would suggest staying away from the trailer FOX put together for the upcoming TV series as I feel it gives away more than I’d feel comfortable telling you. I will say that it looks like they totally nailed the feel of Wayward Pines and the madness Ethan is subjected to.
I’m interested in checking out the following two books but in all honesty, I think Pines itself is strong enough to stand on its own. Crouch leaves a lot at the end that’s definitely worth exploring, so the curiosity is there but it’s a really strong effort. Hopefully it doesn’t go off the rails.
Want to make a novel feel current, but not too current? Set it roughly ten years in the past before the rise of smartphones, Facebook and Twitter. WhaWant to make a novel feel current, but not too current? Set it roughly ten years in the past before the rise of smartphones, Facebook and Twitter. What you’re left with is a world that’s both familiar yet far enough removed to feel periodic.
Before Halifax and his best friend Mickey Montauk go their separate ways – Hal to graduate school in Boston and Mickey to the front lines of the second Iraq war – they vow to stay in touch, making sure their friendship does not suffer due to the distance. The duo creates a Wikipedia page dedicated to their epic parties thrown in Seattle. Throughout the story, the authors insert screenshots of the fictional Wikipedia page as both Hal and Mickey edit it during their time apart.
I received a free copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
Robinson and Kovite juxtapose the irrelevant first world problems of Hal against the daily life of Mickey as he fights a brutal and vicious war abroad. Despite the uneven gravity of each friend’s situation, they work well with one another. When Mickey’s wartime experiences get too intense, there’s a deflating period when the narrative shifts back to Hal.
Both Hal and Mickey are genuinely likeable characters and although I wouldn’t say I’m as self absorbed as Hal, but I found him to be the one I identified with the most. War of Encyclopaedists was a nice break from what I normally read and one that I recommend.