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Gwenpool, the Unbelievable, Vol. 1: Believe It

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2015's overnight internet sensation takes center stage in her own series!

Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you...until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But that can't be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means...NO CONSEQUENCES!

Could Gwenpool truly be
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Marvel (first published November 2016)
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Anne
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Believe It is Unbelievably a pretty solid first volume that introduces us to a new character, Gwenpool - who is not in any way related to Gwen Stacy or Deadpool.
Due to all the dumb shit that happened in Secret Wars, a teenage girl named Gwen Poole from our comic reading universe has somehow (<--no idea yet!) been sucked into the 616 universe.

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The short version is that there was a misunderstanding about her name when she went to get her costume made and now?
Gwen Poole = Gwenpool.
Why was she
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Sam Quixote
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a character get their own series off the back of a variant cover before but that’s what happened with Gwenpool! She originally appeared on a Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars variant cover by Chris Bachalo as a mashup between Gwen Stacey (popular at the time as Spider-Gwen) and Deadpool. Fans liked it and wanted more so Marvel obliged - and it’s fantastic?!

Writer Chris Hastings wisely walks back the Gwen Stacey/Deadpool combo, rewriting Gwenpool as Gwen Poole, a Marvel
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Scott
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"Who is this monster?" -- Howard the Duck, referring to the title character

"I don't know! Some kind of pants-less . . . arctic ninja . . . or something." -- Black Cat

Now here is one of the characters (along with America Chavez) that piqued my interest on the heels of reading the fun West Coast Avengers, Vol. 1: Best Coast earlier this week. Gwen Poole a.k.a. the Unbelievable Gwenpool mixes the Marvel mainstays Gwen Stacy with Deadpool to give readers a costumed young vigilante who is
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Paul E. Morph
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Here we have yet another Marvel character who is displaced from their home dimension. Seriously, Marvel, can you really not create a story that doesn't involve parallel universes or alternate timelines? It's getting really stale now.

This collection is pretty meandering and feels directionless a lot of the time. It's not entirely without laughs or charm, though, and has potential to improve. Either that or I'm just holding out hope for it because I've been reading the writer's webcomic for so
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Tori (InToriLex)
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun and witty adventure, perfect for comic book fans. I haven't read many superhero comics before so did feel like I missed some of the references. However the constant dialogue directly to the reader and the mash up of characters worked well together. I was skeptical of this title because creating a female Deadpool with some Harley Quinn quirks to sell comics, seemed misguided. Despite those thoughts, the humor and unique story line had me
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Chad
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A goofy, fun take on a meta comic. A comic character based off a Deadpool variant cover that fans really dug. Now she's got her own book in the Marvel U. Gwen Poole is a comic book reader from our universe who is somehow now on Earth-616. She realizes walking around Manhattan without a costume is a sure way to have a building fall on you from a super hero battle. So she gets a costume and goes around shooting people, because who cares, these people are fictional. Eventually she gets roped into ...more
Chris
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
Marvel Comics have certainly taken some criticism in recent years and my own interest in the publisher has dwindled, too. However, just beyond the re-numbering(s) and questionable creative decisions lies an unexpected hidden gem, The Unbelievable Gwenpool.

Unlike I initially thought, Gwenpool has nothing to do with Gwen Stacy or Deadpool (although there are some unavoidable similarities with the latter), but instead stars Gwen Poole, a comic reader just like you and I, who has fallen into
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Sesana
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I really didn't think I was going to like this one, but I gave it a shot because... I'm masochistic? I encountered Gwen Poole over in Rocket Raccoon & Groot, and I really wasn't a fan of the character. She was so manic she made Rocket into the straight man of the book. A bit much for me, in other words. I was not entirely wrong. In her #0 issue and in the special, that's really all there is to her. She's Deadpool mixed with Spider-Gwen, with an extra dash of cloudcuckoolander. Her conviction ...more
James DeSantis
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Well this was...a surprise.

I almost gave this a four star. My only negative was how short this comic was and how it wrapped up too quickly for the first arc. That and I don't think Issue 1 really shows why this comic is so good. It's just Okay...fun. Then issue 2-4 happen.

Okay so once it starts rolling and we learn a lot about Gwen Poole (which is amazing name. She is not another Gwen btw) it becomes tons of fun and actually has some great emotional moments. I loved her interaction with
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Craig
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a lot of fun. I was expecting a Gwen Stacy or Deadpool spin-off, but instead found Gwen Poole, an average comics fan who's somehow transferred to an alternate dimension where superheroes are the reality and her fannish knowledge translates to invaluable secret intelligence. There's a meta aspect that's quite entertaining, and an irreverent tone that's delightful because it never degenerates to the overly harsh or cruel. (Which is why I was never a Deadpool fan.) I could have done ...more
Mike
‘S fun. Gwenpool grew on me, getting a little less Harley Quinn-by-Palmiotti-forced-whackey, a little more competent and normal-sounding. That’s she’s getting away with Squirrel Girl-level escapades makes the stakes for Gwen pretty damned low, but I’m hoping she has some real challenges ahead once she steps up to take charge of actual hard stuff.
Logan
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great! So they made an alternate Gwen version of Spider-Man, a Gwen Version of Deadpool was the next logical step right? I won't lie, when I first heard of this series I thought it was Marvel cashing in on the success of Spider-Gwen, but I thought I'd try the first volume, and man was I wrong! This book was really funny, which is why I had a permanent grin on my face as I read it from start to finish! Basically we have Gwen who is from the real world like us, and she's a comic book loving, video ...more
Ana
Normal girls sure are scary... This takes escapism to a whole new level.
Leah Craig
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most fun things Marvel has ever done. I freakin loved it.
Sail ♛ A Wicked Reader
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
If you're looking for one of Marvel's newer comics to get into, then Gwenpool just might be it.

Pros:
-hilarious character that has no idea how to be a hero
-beautiful artwork
-wonderful cameos including Doctor Strange and Batroc
-interesting storyline

Cons
-the artwork was different in 1 or 2 spots and that was annoying

But seriously, how can you not enjoy a character who learns how to sword-fight from YouTube tutorials?
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Diana
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
Nope. Not for me. I thought I would like it because I used to like Deadpool, but nope. And that Duck... nope. sorry.
Ashley Owens
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, graphic-novels
For the #btat2017 challenge to read a book entirely outdoors!

Mini review to come!
Frédéric
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I'll be honest, I totally dismissed this book the first time I saw it on my comixology app. "Gwenpool the unbelievable", eh? Yeah, right.
After two very good reviews of GR friends of mine I decided to fight against my nature and give it a try. And they were right. This is good.

Gwenpool is as meta as a comic book can be since the idea is that the main character (Gwendolyne Poole?) is a real character-as in from our earth that somehow got sucked on Earth-616 during Secret War or something like
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Nikki
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Like Deadpool, only pinker. And less gory than the little Deadpool I’ve read. It very much doesn’t take itself seriously, of course; there’s a lot of comic violence, silly twists and odd meta. Some of the meta is oddly poignant — the commentary on the fact that Captain America doesn’t ever get a happy ending, for instance — and some of it is just silly. Why does Gwen Poole costume up? Because an extra might get killed in Comic Book World, but the hero never does!

It’s fun, and I actually really
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Stewart Tame
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was every bit as much fun as I was expecting! Gwen Poole is the ultimate fangirl, read countless comics over the years. And then she found herself in a universe where the characters she read about were real. She has no powers, but she knows all their secrets. And she has guns. This is self-referential comics-centric comedy in the grand tradition of titles like Ambush Bug and Deadpool. I suppose one needs to be a bit of a comics nerd to properly appreciate ths title, but that’s certainly me ...more
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
I have to admit I was a bit prejudiced about this but it ended up growing on me. at first this is just a copy of deadpool but more pink. but then you get to know gwen and things gets more nice. also, so many cameos! not sure if I'll continue this or not but I'll definitely consider it

full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2017/0...
Becky
Throughly enjoyed this, it was very tongue and cheek as I expected - but also had a lot of action. Who would have thought that Gwendolyn Poole would get her own comic series! A lot of fun to read - definitely recommend if you’re looking for something funny with many explosions, gunfights and the unexpected. Gwenpool sure does try to solve problems in a curious way!
ellis
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
bless, i need to read this entire thing
Natasha
I didn't particularly love this first volume but I will definitely continue since I really like Gwen.
Gavin Abdollahi
Id like to give this more, but it wouldn't be fair for all those other four star books I've rated.

So, meet Marvel's newest hero: Gwenpool! A cross between your average comic book reader, Deadpool, and some pants less superhero. Oh, and also the color pink.
She somehow gets transported to the comic book world, for some reason can't die, and is completely aware that she's in a fictional place.
She loves guns, has no problem with assassinations, has a back up tech guy, Ronnie he super hero tailor,
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Peter Derk
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm of two minds on this one.

On the one hand, it's pretty fun, pretty funny, and it fulfills its fairly ridiculous promise.

On the other hand...

Before we do this, please understand that I know what I'm about to say is, um, bitchy. And I'm really working this out in text, on Goodreads, so hang with me a second.

Gwenpool's whole deal is she's a Gwen Stacy from an Earth where the comic book heroes are comic book heroes. OUR Earth, basically. And now she's stuck on Earth-616 (the Marvel Earth, if you
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Denver Public Library
Just when you think that this whole Gwen Stacy as an alt-reality gender-bended superhero thing has gone too far (hint: it hasn’t), Gwenpool comes out and you realize that it hasn’t gone far enough (full disclosure, I also love Spider-Gwen; keep the Gwens a-coming!).

But before I take on how badass Gwenpool is, let’s talk about how tacky and boring it is to attach the words -woman, -girl or she- to an existing male character and expect that mess to fly. No one is buying it anymore: this trend
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Zach
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I picked this up on a lark, but ended up really enjoying it. Gwen is a very endearing character.
Chris Lemmerman
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
[Read as single issues]

I unabashedly love this book. Wait, hear me out!

Gwenpool sounds like a stupid concept. She is, really. She started out as a variant cover, and then took on a life of her own. But she's not a mash-up of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool. Or even Spider-Gwen and Deadpool. She's Gwen Poole, a normal human being from our Earth who finds herself in the Marvel Universe. And because she knows this is a comic book world, nothing she does matters...right?

No, not right. As Gwen soon learns,
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Wing Kee
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Superboy Prime x Harley Quinn = Gwenpool

Yeah this is pretty much what it is and it's a fun fun book to read.

World: The art is fantastic, I tend to go for the more stylized art and this is exactly it. It's Manga and it's bright and colorful and really sets the tone for the book. Fantastic! The world building here is also strong with it being quirky and having a little slice of the MU for Gwen to play in. I compared this book to Harley because it is essentially that, the world building is the
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