In this post, from Image Comics: The Legend of Luther Strode #6, Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2 and Kick-Ass 3 #2 and from Vertigo: Fairest #18 and Trillium #1. Eeeep! Trillium, the last love story ever told is finally here!
The Legend of Luther Strode #6 by Justin Jordan, illustrated by Tradd Moore, cover by Tradd Moore
Genre: Fiction, action, adventure, violence
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS IF YOU DO NOT YET KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THIS 6-ISSUE SERIES BIG BAD!
It’s finally here, the conclusion to the uber violent Legend of Luther Stode ends with issue six, much like its predecessor The Strange Talent of Luther Strode which I think I held much closer to my heart. When we last left our hero, he had rescued the love of his high school life Petra, now also an adult from the clutches of a bound up and probably immortal Jack the Ripper. Assuming he stays looking like he belongs on the set of The Invisible Man of course.
In this finale, the duo travel into the local Abberline Mall (named after Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline in the Ripper case) to save the citizens from a dastardly nemesis even more unbeatable than the Librarian. So expect even more blood, even more gore and even more muscles, because this is a showdown to remember. It’s like something out of “Hannibal” times ten. Props yet again go to illustrator Tradd Moore, who continues to astound me in what he’s able to bring to life. The frenzied aftermath of a mass torture and a mile high battle never looked so good.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2 by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Salva Espin, cover by Michael Del Mundo
Genre: Fiction, action, humor, alternate universe
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Get ready for even more bloodshed than you thought possible as the Deadpool Corp fighting to save the multiverse and the Deadpool Corp fighting to destroy the universe end up in an all out war to decide if they should continue their fictional ways or die with them. Featuring Cesspool, Pandapool, Wizardpool, Minotaurpool, Wild Wild Westpool, Motorpool, Wolverpool, Robotpool and my personal favorite: Beard of Beespool. Oh, and also Deadpool, Kidpool, etc, etc, etc.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool is on top of its game, complete with the group’s superfan the Watcher who has been charged with watching the various multiverse Deadpools and apparently collecting some sweet merchandise. Merc with a Mouth Merch if you will. IF ONLY IT WAS AVAILABLE TO BUY IN REAL LIFE! All of these elements culminate in one glorious battle in which we get such one-liners as, KIDPOOL: “I managed to dodge the Avengers Arena bullet… only to be taken out like this?” and ROBOTPOOL: “Insert humorous self referential, meta comment here.” Will they be able to defeat perhaps the most dangerous Deadpool of all? Where do they all come from? And can Pandapool please get his own spin-off?
Kick-Ass 3 #2 by Mark Millar, illustrated by John Romita, cover by John Romita
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, violence
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The final Kick-Ass series is here and somehow it only took two months between issue one and two, which must mean that Mark Millar actually has some free time on his hands. Regardless of the rush, Millar’s writing isn’t affected, giving us a look at Dave as he struggles with keeping his personal life and his superhero life separate. He also continues to be the nerdy superhero we know and love, hatching a plan with his fellow superheroes to reenact a scene from Batman: Year One while simultaneously dealing with the new mob threat Rocco Genovese. Who is such a villain that for a time the mob chose to ignore his existence.
In addition to the typical, “what Dave is up to” story, Millar also gives us a look at Chris’ mom, Angie Genovese who doesn’t seem to be adjusting well to her life as the mother of supervillain the Motherfucker who raped and killed the citizens of New York to avenge his father. He is currently in the hospital complaining about how life hard for him is since he’s that whiny and entitled. Because she’s no longer proud of the threat she brought into the world and the flack she gets for birthing him from the public, Angie hatches a sinister ploy. One which doesn’t go quite to plan. With amazing results for us.
Fairest #18 by Sean Williams, illustrated by Stephen Sadowski, cover by Adam Hughes
Genre: Fiction, fractured fairy-tale, fantasy, drama
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THEY BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE FROM THE FABLES SERIES!
The cover of this issue promises death and dismemberment or you know was at least titled “Death and Dismemberment” and it kind of disappointed. Well there was some death and some dismemberment, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. Majaraha Charming spends the issue dealing with a mysterious boil covered illness which he thinks he can stave off dying from because of his super Fable popularity power. Basically, the more popular a Fable is the harder it is to kill them. A plot point which author Bill Willingham made sure we’d remember when he beat us over the head with it after killing Prince Charming in the first place five years ago.
Back at camp tensions break out when Charming’s loyal second in command continues to search for his friend and Buldeo wants to drink Charming’s wine and have sex with his women because he’s a lazy so and so. The only semi-redeeming quality in the issue were some flashbacks to the original series that at least kept me semi-interested and then it was all ruined by a proclamation of love and the reappearance of that giant talking alligator/crocodile that really served no purpose. Yay. Is this arc over yet?
Trillium #1 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Jeff Lemire, cover by Jeff Lemire
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, romance, apocalyptic
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Sweet Tooth creator Jeff Lemire is back with an intriguing new comic about one love story told across time and space. With the world crashing down around one of our characters thanks to a deadly sentient virus wiping out life in the universe in the year 3797 it may be the last love story ever told. Humanity has been pushed farther and farther into space to escape this virus named the Caul and are seeking a cure in the flower Trillium. The catch? It’s happening across two separate time streams. Bonus: explorer Nigel Thornberry is in it. Kind of. I’ll let you judge for yourself, but this comic definitely has an appearance by Nigel Thornberry.
Lemire has a unique gift in which he’s able to somehow transform the medium of comic into something else entirely (which he did by using the first person perspective in the amazing graphic novel Underwater Welder). He continues to pull of this feat in this brand new series, having individual panels fuzz out as if we’re viewing the static on a television screen. The other thing that sets this series apart is the flip book style of the comic that meets in the middle. It contains two stories and as a result can be read one way or the other, either with the story set in 3797 with Nika or the tale taking place in 1921 with soldier turned explorer William. It’s pretty trippy.