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Review: Deadpool #8

It’s so refreshing to see Deadpool with his own series again.  I have to admit, for all my love of Thor and the Cap being such amazing heroes, Marvel has some damn great anti-heroes, most certainly including Deadpool, who always sets off with the intention of selling to the highest bidder, and more often than not, tends to come home with no cash at all because much to his dismay, he did something stupid… like the ‘right thing.’

Lead up to the Story

Deadpool has been engaging in shenanigans as usual, been jumped by random b and c list villains, most recently Tiger Shark, out smarted friend and foe alike, and served up enemies to zombies.  Through all of this, he’s found out that both his friend Bob and Tiger Shark were hired to take him out.  The hit was put out by none other than Norman Osborn, or Oscorp.  Basically, if you weren’t paying attention, Norman Osborn is the new Tony Stark and runs the new SHIELD (called HAMMER).  He tricked the world into thinking he was a savior by killing the Scrull queen, using information that Deadpool got for Nick Fury.  All in all, Deadpool is pissed, and this is part 1 of what we can hope is a good old showdown at noon.

Plot Synopsis

Daniel Way has Deadpool begins his assault on Stark Tower.. Osborn Tower?  I don’t know.  He’s assaulting it anyway (this review is starting to sound more and more like a Deadpool comic).  As I said above, this is the first part of the story arc, called Magnum Opus, and is part 1 of 4.  It starts with just a little back story, and goes straight into action really.  Deadpool initially runs into some robotic traps, steals the Iron Man chest piece, throws some bad hair jokes Osborn’s direction, and begins his ascent.  We are then plunged into a classic Deadpool hallucination.  This one is a Jack and the Beanstalk parody, and although it is only a few pages in length, it falls sort of flat.  Not that it is bad, it just seems to be an unnessessary stopping point in the story, a storyline bottle neck of sorts.  As unfortunately for us that it does, things start going worse for Deadpool when he gets into a fight with his inner monologue, or readers.  I can never tell if the white boxes are supposed to be readers, a voice in his head, and if the yellow boxes are him thinking.  No matter what the case, they’re ignoring him, because when he reaches the top, it’s not Osborn who’s waiting for him, it’s the Thunderbolts.

Art Critique

The art is pretty well done, Paco Medina has the Deadpool look down to a T.  Explosions, guns, action scenes, he can do them with great skill.  Basically, everything that you are most likely to encounter in a standard issue of Deadpool.  Sometimes faces are an issue, and can come out disproportional (for example, see the recap page), but this is the exception rather than the rule.  The hallucination, which I mentioned was not my favourite part of the story, really gives Medina a chance to shine, and he takes it.  Everything is much more comic than usual, and I mean that in two ways.  First, it’s absolutely ridiculous, which is awesome, the adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk is right on target.  Secondly, if you look behind the action, you’ll see that the background is actually made up of dots, as the old comics and newspapers were.  The only major criticism that I have is that when Deadpool takes the Iron Man chest piece, it’s not immediately apparent.  I had to look back and check a few times, and maybe this was intentional, but there could have been a larger colour and size difference.  That said however, the third page or so, the full page spread with Deadpool decked out to assault Stark/Osborn tower is pretty fantastic, it’s always great to see how each artist will render Deadpool fully equipped for action.

Is it Worth Buying?

I would say absolutely, this looks to be a good story arc.  We know that Daniel Way can write a good story, and he’s set it up perfectly for a high action comic in the next issue, with a great cliffhanger.  Even to non-deadpool fans, I would recommend picking up the next few issues of Deadpool.  The story is great, the art is great.  Daniel Way has come into his own with his ability to deliver one-liners befitting Deadpool, with just enough humor, and a few thrown in there that probably only make sense to Deadpool himself.  I will be looking forward to the next issue, to see how the merc with a mouth settles the score not only with the Thunderbolts, but also with the voices in his head.

EDIT: Magnum Opus is Deadpool 8-9 and Thunderbolts 130-131.

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Review: World of Warcraft Issue #1 – “Stranger in a Savage Land”

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The comic is based off the fictional World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), which currently boasts over eight million (that’s right, million) subscribers. A result of which is that it’s hard to find anyone that hasn’t heard of it. They have released merchandise in just about every form imaginable, and then they thought of one more, comics.

 

People Behind this new form of WoW

This new form of World of Warcraft is brought to you by Walter Simonson (official website unfound, if anyone has a link for it let me know), who has been around for a long time, some of you may know him as the writer of Thor from 1983-1987, or for the Fantastic Four from 1989-1991. The penciler, Ludo Lullabi, and this appears to be his first foray into the comic book world. The inker, Sandra Hope has worked extensively with DC comics, and does an exceptional job here as well. World of Warcraft is published by Wildstorm Comics.

 

Story Analysis

The story is set after the time of World of Warcraft, and there is an unstable peace between the horde and the alliance. While it looks like it had the potential to get interesting, starts out as the very old and tired ‘Warrior who doesn’t remember his past and had an upstanding sense of honor,’ and if you’d believe it, his parents died in a tragic fire when he was a child and he’s had to fend for himself all his life. If you have played almost any story based (non-sandbox) fantasy RPG in the past 10 years, you know what I’m talking about. They press it as far as to explain to the reader that he likely has amnesia, and it is done in a very convoluted way. That said, the characters are likeable, albeit very stereotypical. The main character, whose name has not yet been discovered, a function of his amnesia no doubt, does present himself as a very likeable reluctant hero. The story opens with our main character defending himself from a crocolisk, and he is captured and forced to become a gladiator. His new friends, a blood elf by the name of Valeera Sanguinar, and a wise night elf druid, named Broll Bearmantle, no depth of character is really revealed in this issue, but the blood elf and the night elf are subject to frequent quarreling, keeping with the World of Warcraft lore. This first installment of the story chronicles the start of their training as gladiators to compete in the arena of Dire Maul. It concludes with a fairly fulfilling fight scene and a cliffhanger, pretty bread and butter for a first issue hook.

 

Quality of Art

Ludo Lullabi, has an interesting art style that I find myself partial to. It’s a sort of eastern-western fusion. His artwork imbues a sense of motion into the pages. Combining this with cross-panel or out-of-panel artwork, gives the comic a sense of urgency that moves keeps the reader moving where the writing may fall short. The art is somewhat reminiscent of Humberto Ramos, in that the proportions are often not precise or consistant, although this is accepted as being intentional and part of the artistic design even though some may not agree with it, and the characters are outlined heavily. Ludo also makes good use of foreground and background, really bringing the reader into the story. His best work is done on the blood elf female, Valeera Sanguinar, and the main character, whose name is yet unrevealed, but is often referred to as pinkskin. The overall quality of the art is very good, but it does feel as though some sections were rushed, and that others were laboriously created, however the rushed sections are few.

 

The Big Question: Is It Worth Buying?

While not the most well written comic available out there, it does have some merits that would appeal to all readers, although admittedly it is geared more towards those who play and have played World of Warcraft, and enjoy the lore surrounding it. It keeps to this lore fairly strongly, although some likely debate this, all must concede that it is accurate in it’s portrayal of the different roles and places. It’s worth picking up and reading for a few issues, but if you don’t find yourself getting into it, I would say don’t bother forcing it, it’s nothing you’ll be talking about in a few years; place your hard earned money elsewhere. Still on the fence? More information on the can be found at the WoWwiki site.

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