In this post, from Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 and Dexter #1 and from Vertigo: Fairest #17. That’s right, I’m back to reviewing comics with three measly comics to talk about, but two of them are brand-spanking new so give me a break people.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Salva Espin, cover by Michael Del Mundo
Genre: Fiction, action, humor, alternate universe
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO VOLUMES IN THE DEADPOOL KILLOGY!
Set after Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Deadpool: Killustratred, this final arc in the Deadpool Killogy is set to be the bloodiest yet. Because when Deadpool fights Deadpool all bets are off. While I found Deadpool fighting the Marvel Universe after discovering that he and all other heroes and villains are fictional to be a little convoluted and not very good, I loved Killustrated, in which he tries to kill the original archetypes for the heroes in order to cease them from ever being. Complete with all your favorite characters from classic literature. Of course, this issue jokes that none of that’s important, but we all know better.
This opening issue takes place in the main Marvel Universe (aka Earth-616) and features the Deadpool we all know and love trying to be a better person while wondering why none of the other superheroes have arrived to save the day. Hint: crazy alt-universe Deadpool killed them all two volumes ago. Enter the Deadpool Corp. (Dogpool, Kidpool, Lady Deadpool, etc.) in their ship Bea Arthur to warn Deadpool that Deadpools across the universe are all being offed. A little slow to start, but it’s nice to see our Deadpool again, especially when he’s cracking jokes about hacking Wolverine’s “Biebers and Beer” tumblr. The question is, how long will he survive? And where did the Watcher get all that awesome Deadpool merchandise?
Dexter #1 by Jeff Lindsay, illustrated by Dakbor Talajic, cover by Michael Del Mundo
Genre: Fiction, horror, serial-killer, spin-off
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I’m a huge “Dexter” fan, having watched all of the television series (the final season of which just started) and read all the books (minus the very last one which has yet to be released) so I couldn’t turn down Marvel’s take on my favorite sympathetic serial-killer and his wicked sense of humor. Although I have to say it’s a little strange to see all the characters I know and love not looking like any of their actors. But this isn’t Buffy and we can’t always expect such things, especially considering that this mini-series is being written by Dexter author Jeff Lindsay. Meaning it follows book canon.
Set sometime in the series (post Rita and Dexter’s wedding) this story finds Dexter unwillingly at his high school reunion pretending to be normal while his Dark Passenger stays in the wings. One of the better things about this being in comic form, you get to see when Dexter’s passenger wants to play. Even if the art leaves something to be desired, it was great seeing this hulking form that has waned in importance from the show, but that remains the most important part of the books because (yadda yadda yadda demon blah blah blah ancient mystic force, read the books, etc. etc.). Hopefully in the next issue we’ll get a little more action and a little less exposition reminding me about why I have no desire to go to my own high school reunion in a couple of years.
Fairest #17 by Sean Williams, illustrated by Stephen Sadowsi, cover by Adam Hughes
Genre: Fiction, fractured fairy-tale, fantasy, drama
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT CHARACTER THEY BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEAD IN THIS ARC! AKA, I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY FINALLY DID IT, EEEEP!
This newest arc of Fairest (a spin-off of the Fables series) is supposed to focus on the ladies of the fairy tale world, but for some reason keeps getting distracted by its male inhabitants. This issue is no exception, focusing on Maharaja Charming and his not so surprising rise from the dead since being killed off in the original series five years ago. I told you there were spoilers. I also knew he would totally come back. You don’t kill Prince Fucking Charming.
As far as arcs go, this one is pretty lackluster, being set in the world of the Arabian fables much like my least favorite Fables volume. Blech. The world-building is nice to show that the fable world is as all-encompassing as the mundies who created them, but for some reason I just don’t feel it. Thankfully, that’s where Charming comes in, to explain (albeit very briefly) how he survived the explosion that Bill Willingham wanted us to assume killed him and slay the reader with the lines, “My burns were so bad though, that the women were repulsed by me. It was the worst week of my life.” Oh Charming, never ever change.