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Saturday, 23 November 2019

Deadpool #1 Review


[David Finch's Variant Cover.]

As someone who's aspiring to work on Deadpool, and who counts the Merc with a Mouth among his favorite characters, I used to give Wade Wilson a lot of airtime in my blog; but I was frustrated at not seeing the Deadpool I knew and loved - the character wasn't getting the depth, characterisation, and supporting cast that he did during the classic Joe Kelly run; which is what got me really into Wade in the first place.

But then things changed with Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn taking the reigns of the comic book, alongside the terrific representation of Deadpool - nailed by Ryan Reynolds - in the movies.

Posehn departed the comic series after a while, and Duggan developed a dark arc for the character: positioning Madcap as his archenemy (Madcap's already screw-loose head being irrevocably damaged further while sharing headspace with Wade when they were temporarily fused together); and Deadpool going from hero to pariah when he acted on the orders of [the evil version of] Captain America, assasinating Agent Coulson; and going from having a pseudo family, with his true daughter as its lynchpin, to losing everything - and getting his memory of all of the above events voluntarily erased.

We then went back to 'business as usual' for Wade Wilson: Merc for hire, and it didn't do it for me.

Now, with Deadpool's new ongoing series, written by Kelly Thompson and illustrated by Chris Bachalo, Deadpool is getting a new direction with a new role - as King of the Monsters of Staten Island - promising "some serious existential darkness between the jokes and violence," a new supporting cast, and the hope that the Deadpool I know and love will be getting a new lease of life.


Deadpool #1 opens with Wade being ripped in two by the current King of the Monsters - before we flashback to the day before: Deadpool's Birthday, where we find Wade Wilson in a pretty sorry state... He's lounging around in his 'Super Secret Base'-turned 'Christmas Bar'/dump, wearing a Santa hat, surrounded by old takeways and other junk, with only a single, solitary Birthday card (from the dentists - reminding he's due a teeth-cleaning) and a kidnapped mailman for company.

Wade rejects a job offer call, before - perhaps due to the less than stellar time he's having, perhaps due to his conscience - deciding to take the gig: and ferries off to Staten Island where a gentleman by the name of Blaylock briefs him on the job. Under the rule of a newfangled King of Monsters, the creatures of Monsteropolis are laying claim to Staten Island, and Deadpool is to put a stop to this by taking out the Monster King: which theoretically, without him to lead them, will cause the monsters to give up and go home.

Back to the present, where Deadpool is healing up while the Monster King's Lord Chamberlain Bellus is encouraging Wade to 'get back on the horse' (Bellus likes neither the King nor Staten Island) - before Wade takes another hit, in the form of a boot in the face from hot British monster hunter Elsa Bloodstone; seemingly just 'cos he's Deadpool. But from there, the two form an uneasy alliance to stop the Monster King - leading to Deadpool having the role of replacement King bestowed upon him by the monsters, and gaining a new sidekick in the form of Jeff the baby Land Shark, when Gwenpool drops her pet off with Wade to ensure he has a safe place in comics (in a nice bit of fourth-wall-breaking Gwenpool logic: she wants Jeff to have a home in a reliable series, whereas hers keep ending).

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Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo's new status quo for the series is established, and they look to be a promising creative team. Beginning with Wade in an emotional hole's a good place to start; the gags, while not laugh-out-loud, are okay, and Thompson has his 'voice' down; though this is a certainly a more 'mature-readers'-leaning Deadpool than some takes on him, with a very similar feel to the expletive-firing Wade in the movies. The '£#$*'/censored out swearing is to the point of being gratuitous, and could do with being dialled down a bit - but that's a minor criticism of what is a strong take on the Merc with a Mouth from Thompson - and the writer's use of Elsa Bloodstone's swearing is on point, nailing her British colloquialisms - while also establishing a good chemistry between she and Deadpool.


Art-wise, Chris Bachalo is a veteran whose quirky style works well with Wade - and David Curiel's strong coloring suits it well, replete with stylish black, white & red flashback scenes; as does Joe Sabino's lettering - my only criticism of the art being that the depiction of the dismemberments that take place can be unclear.

So, mild critisms only - I'm not sure how far the Deadpool-as-King-of-the-monsters arc will play, but I'm on board and looking forward to seeing where Thompson, Bachalo and crew go with it, and beyond.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Geek-Girl Digital Giveaway!


When 'Little Miss Popular' Ruby Kaye lands a pair of super-tech glasses, she's granted flight, super-strength, and - due to a flaw in the glasses' programming - super-klutziness! And this is just the beginning of the changes the glasses will wreak on Ruby...


I've just launched a Geek-Girl Digital Giveaway, and you can enter it at the link below for the chance to win up to all Digital issues-so-far of the acclaimed Geek-Girl mini and ongoing series! There will be TWENTY-FIVE Winners, and you can enter multiple times by sharing and retweeting at the Giveaway Page, so everyone's got a good shot!

Good luck!

Enter the Giveaway here.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Geek-Girl #5 out 10/23/19!


Introducing weird and wonderful characters and concepts I've wanted to bring to my comics for a long time, and now that Geek-Girl is ongoing, I have the opportunity to :) - Geek-Girl #5, the Jump-On first issue of Ruby Kaye's New Direction hits on Wednesday!


And you can Pre-Order the Digital Edition at Comixology here! :)

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Geek-Girl: Crime War TPB Out Now!


Collecting the first four issues of the ongoing Geek-Girl series, Geek-Girl: Crime War TPB is OUT NOW!


Click here to Order Geek-Girl Crime War TPB (US & International) at Amazon. UK Orders click here. Or you can order the Digital Edition at Comixology here.

PREVIEW!

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

What Else The Geek-Girl Team are Up To!


We're heading towards the release of the Geek-Girl: Crime War TPB - collecting issues #1-#4 of the ongoing series on August 26 - but in the meantime, here's what else the GG creative team have going on!:


Geek-Girl #5 (releasing September) cover artist Sun Khamunaki - who will hopefully be doing more GG cover work in the future - will be at Fan Expo Canada next week, August 22-25 with Prints and comics she's worked on for publishers including Zenescope and Coffin Comics.


Geek-Girl colorist Chunlin Zhao is also an artist, and she's at Silicon Valley Comic Con this weekend with her comic Tom 'n' Artie and Prints of her illustrations - and will also be sketching commissions; so if you're at the con, stop by and say 'Hi.' :)


GG artist Carlos Granda has a strip in Megadeth: Death By Design - a giant-sized hardcover graphic novel adapting the songs of Megadeth into comic book form; and this is Out Now and for a limited time available at Amazon with $18.00 discount here!


As for me - as well as scripting and plotting Geek-Girl #6-#8, I've just received the final pencil roughs to edit from artist Eleonora Kortsarz for the third one-shot starring my and Mike Gagnon's comedy super-team The Almighties. And if you're not familiar with the Almighties, you can get a FREE Almighties Digital Preview Comic here! :)

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Geek-Girl Crime War TPB available to Pre-Order!


Collecting the first four issues of the ongoing Geek-Girl series, Geek-Girl: Crime War TPB is out August 26th!


Click here to Pre-Order Geek-Girl Crime War TPB (US & International). UK Orders click here.

PREVIEW!

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Meet Geek-Girl #5's Cover Artist - Sun Khamunaki!

Hi folks, I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Geek-Girl creative team!


Sun Khamunaki's work first caught my eye on a Monsterella Kickstarter last year from Hangman Comics, when I was running the previous Geek-Girl Kickstarter, and right away, I wanted her to do something for Geek-Girl!

Her slate was too full at the time, but I got in early ahead of the new Geek-Girl Kickstarter, and the result is her beautiful cover for the Jump-On issue Geek-Girl #5!

Sun is a comic cover artist & illustrator from Victoria BC Canada known for her fine art inspired style. Her works have graced the covers of Lady Death, Rothic, the aforementioned Monsterella, and various Zenescope titles including Oz and Van Helsing. You can check out more of Sun's gorgeous work at her website: www.sunkhamunaki.com

Here are what were Sun's roughs for potential cover images, before we chose the middle one...


...and here's the finished art!:


This is available on Geek-Girl #5 Regular and Ltd Virgin editions at the Geek-Girl Kickstarter, and you can get to that here!

:) Sam