In this post, from Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #3 and from Vertigo: Fairest #19 and Trillium #2. Basically what we have this week is the good, the bad and the ugly. Not necessarily in that order or with ugly meaning what you think it means.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #3 by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Salva Espin, cover by Michael Del Mundo
Genre: Fiction, action, humor, alternate universe
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THE BIG BAD DEADPOOL VILLAIN IS WHO SHOWS UP AT THE END OF ISSUE #2.
First off, I think we can all agree that this issue has the best comic book cover in the history of all comic book covers because Pandapool. Now that that’s out of the way, we can get to the good stuff. Not that anything is better than Pandapool, the panda who endangers you. Anyway, Dreadpool, the Deadpool from the rest of the Deadpool Killogy series is seeking to end the existence of those stuck in the written form, or as he calls them fictional characters trapped in “the continuity,” “a cycle of endless suffering for the entertainment of others.”
In order to take down the bad guys/good guys trying to interfere with his goals, Dreadpool sends in the most dangerous ‘Pool of all, Galactipool who hungers for sustenance. Sadly missing? Silver Surferpool to herald Galactipool’s arrival. As if this wasn’t enough, our heroes also have to battle various other ‘Pools, including Wolverinepool who continues to yell out beer types and Wolverine catchphrases instead of being constructive and Evil Deadpool who our Earth’s Deadpool is still pretty upset at for everything that happened in their arc. And if that’s not nearly enough Deadpools for you, don’t worry, more are coming in the fourth and final issue which concludes the Killogy. It came too soon!
Fairest #19 by Sean Williams, illustrated by Stephen Sadowski, cover by Adam Hughes
Genre: Fiction, fractured fairy-tale, fantasy, drama
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
AS ALWAYS, SPOILERS IF YOU ONLY READ FABLES AND THEREFORE DON’T KNOW THAT A CERTAIN MAIN CHARACTER HAS BEEN BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEAD!
This week Fairest continued to anger me in ways that only Fairest can. Okay, so some information is gleaned from the annoying, damaging and murderous Dhole who have been pushing the plot the entire arc and their relation to a certain Bigby Wolf which is sort of intriguing but as a whole this issue is full of a bunch of nothing. In other words, it’s chock full of exposition for stuff you probably don’t remember from before we even knew who the Adversary actually was. Unless you have a much better memory than me which is totally possible.
Rather than entertain us, the issue strives to give Charming something resembling some actual growth which just equates to blah blah blah love, blah blah blah boring, blah blah blah why is this series still in existence it’s barely even about the women of Fabletown? Also does everyone think Charming is Indian just because he’s tan? Wtf? Here’s hoping the next issue is the last one in this lackluster arc. Here’s also hoping that the title “Charming to the Last” is a hint that this is ending rather than a hint that the death of Prince Charming is imminent. You know, again.
Trillium #2 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Jeff Lemire, cover by Jeff Lemire
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, romance, apocalyptic
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Jeff Lemire’s super inventive comic continues to impress me and I honestly don’t know why I’m surprised because I totally saw that coming. When we last left our star-crossed lovers their two stories had combined in the middle of the issue and they were left to figure out who the other person is without any communication. Insert our lovers adorably trying to speak to one another through language, acts of kindness and eventually pictures. All the while swearing that they know the other person. All the adorable! However, because of this, we the reader only get one half of the conversation at a time.
This non-verbal communication doesn’t give us much to go on except more questions, as the two figure out they’re from across time and space and that they both know the word Trillium, which is the flower Nika needs in order to help humanity deal with the sentient virus the Caul in the year 3797. Then HOLY PLOT TWIST, BATMAN everything changes and well, you’ll just have to read it. And then go and ask Jeff Lemire why he didn’t produce this as a graphic novel so we can read it all at once. More very soon please!