Comic Book Review: Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars by Cullen Bunn

Deadpool's Secret Secret WarsGoodreads Synopsis

Collects Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1-4, Secret Wars (1984) #1.

Official SECRET WARS tie-in! Well, not that SECRET WARS — we’re talking the original epic from 1984! But wait, Deadpool wasn’t in that series, right? Wrong! Prepare to learn the terrifying truth as the team behind DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED reveals the crucial role the Merc with a Mouth played on the Beyonder’s Battleworld! A role so secret, the rest of Marvel’s super heroes don’t even remember it! Now, relive the Secret Wars — from Doctor Doom’s rise to power to Hulk holding up a mountain — all with added Deadpool! Amid the chaos, there comes…and goes…a costume — but Wade’s awesome secret shield is totally for keeps! Prepare to discover how the original SECRET WARS really ended — and how the sassin’ assassin saved the universe!


This is told from two points, the now and the past. Deadpool is taking us through what happened during the Secret Wars and managed to insert himself right in the middle of the mayhem.

This comic would be familiar for anyone who’s read Secret Wars. The only difference being is that Deadpool wasn’t in the original comic and he is in this one. One thing I was glad about is that through it all, Deadpool remains ‘Deadpool’.

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I know that Deadpool is neither hero more villain and that he’s seen as more of an anti-hero, he fights for whatever and whoever, so it kind of makes sense why he’d be placed with the heroes but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t initially surprised.

By the end of the first issue I was quite shocked but it wore off pretty quickly. I swear handsome in those times is a lot different that how it is now. That moustache though…

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When Deadpool’s not using humour to hide his emotions, dude’s pretty depressed. I wasn’t used to Deadpool being so ‘real’.

This comic had what has become the norm with Deadpool comics: the odd humour, the 4th wall breaking which is always appreciated.

Like I mean, I’m not saying Deadpool saved the day, but Deadpool sort of saved the day. It turns out the guy does have a heart. I liked this version of Secret Wars a bit more than I did the original Secret Wars but only because Deadpool made the even a lot less gloomy. He brought something new to the table. Maybe he was forgotten but he ended up being a hero, so I guess now we know exactly where he stands.

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I’ve never read anything by Cullen Bunn before but I think he did an amazing job with this comic. The art is amazing and extremely detailed. I’ve read different author’s versions of Deadpool and I’m glad that they always stay true to the character.

At first I didn’t know what the point of this comic was, I still don’t really but I like that I can see ol’ Wade in a new light. That’s quite refreshing.

And now I continue my journey through the Secret Wars. Follow my reviews of this event through the tag here.

Read: 19 September 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

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Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Illustrators: Matteo Lolli | Ruth Redmond

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#29): Civil War

The Book

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

Civil War is a 20062007 Marvel Comics crossover storyline consisting of a seven-issue limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven, and various other tie-in books published by Marvel at the time. The storyline builds upon the events that developed in previous Marvel storylines, particularly “Avengers Disassembled“, “House of M“, and “Decimation”. The tagline for the series is, “Whose Side Are You On?”

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I read the Civil War prose novel by Stuart Moore before I started this one. I had the sense while reading that something was missing…I was right. Once I picked up Civil War by Mark Millar and read the tie-ins that come along with the Event I realised that a prose novel couldn’t have possibly given the full effect of what goes on in this story. I’m a die-hard Captain America fan so imagine my surprise when I ended up siding with Tony for this one. I stand by my decision still. I’m sure I spoke about it a little in my review.

The Movie

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Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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When a brief outline of the plot was given out and that first trailer was released, I was pissed. Again, this Event is no small thing and the fact that they took so much away from it and changed a lot I went in extremely skeptical. The movie was good, of course. I have no doubt in the MCU but I was thinking of the story from the comic book side and it didn’t quite match up. It’s fine, it’s fine. I’m over it now. *narrows eyes* We’ll see how Infinity War plays out.

The Decision

I don’t think I’ll read the entirety of the Civil War Event again, maybe only the main 7 issues but that’ll be a while. As much as I wasn’t a fan of the changes made in the movie, that movie was really good and I am glad that they clearly showed the different sides and the point of views of Iron Man and Captain America. That said, movie it is for me.

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Book Review: Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman

Secret Wars (2015-2016) #1 (of 9)Goodreads Synopsis

The final incursion is happening! The Marvel Universe is colliding with the Ultimate Universe, and neither will survive!

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**I’ll be reading the entire Secret Wars Collection including the tie-ins in this reading order provided by Comic Book Herald.

‘The multiverse is dying. Only two universes remain. Today, Earths collide.’

As I started this comic series I kept getting a sense of déjà vu, as if I’d read it before but I know for a fact that I’ve only ever read the 1984 Secret Wars.

We kick off right where the prequel ended (see my review for that here) kind of so instead of jumping right into the action, we take a trip over to the other Earth (Ultimate Universe) to see what’s going on there.

At this point the Reed Richards of both universes have already figured out the world was going to end so naturally they had to develop a plan to either save the world…or sit back and watch it be destroyed. Either way, the fight between the two universes seems like it was always part of the plan. It was inevitable and nothing was going to stop it from happening.

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Fast forward a bit and the battle’s raging. Heroes are fighting and/or dropping dead in every direction you look. We are in an all out war. The not so funny thing is that this is only the beginning. We have barely scratched the surface. We all want to know ‘what happens next?’.

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Apart from me being unable to shake the feeling that I’ve seen this somewhere (I think I’m losing my mind) I found this comic book awesome! There was nothing rushed about this because this is only the first issue and I have absolutely no idea where we stand.

I haven’t read anything that featured Esad Ribic’s artwork but I’m loving what I’m seeing. I get the sense that ‘the bigger picture’ was being put out there. Many of the images are widespread so we’re seeing everything at the same time from a bird’s-eye view.

Can we take a moment to gush over the cover for a moment? Alex Ross did a wonderful job and I could probably stare at it all day.

It’s going to take me some time to get through this entire series and I’m ready for the ride. Also, the comics that come after this event will make a lot more sense. Which is great. Let’s go!

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Read: 10 May 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 1 January 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrators: Esad Ribic |Alex Ross

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Book Review: Secret Wars #0 by Jonathan Hickman

Secret Wars #0 (FCBD 2015)

Goodreads Synopsis

This May, prepare yourself for the kickoff of the biggest comic event in Marvel history, with a special preview of Marvel’s future in Secret Wars #0!

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**I’ll be reading the entire Secret Wars Collection including the tie-ins in this reading order provided by Comic Book Herald.

I read the original Secret Wars a few years ago so that I wouldn’t be too lost where the whole story was concerned. That way it’d also be easier for me to put the two side by side and see which one I liked better.

I’ve read East of West Vol.1 by Jonathan Hickman and I really enjoy his writing. Even though this prequel was a short piece, for those (like myself) who haven’t read the tie-ins leading up to this event, I think he managed to sum it up pretty nicely.

The world is about to be blown to bits and Valeria Richards and the other kids are planning on this not being the end of humanity. They come up with a plan to send only ‘the best of the best’ out on a life raft so that life as we know it won’t be totally over.

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Turns out that there’s a lot more in store that’s waiting for them and of course this is where the whole ‘war’ part comes in. The only way to survive this one is to fight through it.

I’ve read that this has been years in the making and this prequel did help to sum up what happened previously but did it do it justice? I can’t know that for sure. Can years worth of work be summaries in a a couple of pages and please the people that have been following it with complete dedication? Probably not.

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I liked what I read and I honestly have no idea why I took this long to actually start this event. As I mentioned above, I do enjoy Jonathan Hickman’s writing and I think he did a very good job on this piece. I flew through it extremely fast and nothing about this was boring for me.

The art also is nothing to scoff at. It’s friggin’ gorgeous. I prefer the more vivid images so this was right up my alley. My excitement for the rest of this event is through the roof.

My review for Secret Wars #1 will be up soon so look out for that.

 

***Just a casual random comic added in giving us the idea of what would happen if the Avengers happened to fight the titans from Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga.

I think that very random crossover was hilarious and added immediately after finishing the prequel gave the illusion of a break before the real drama starts.

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I enjoyed this entire issue quite a bit and hope that the rest will live up to my expectations that have now been elevated. I can’t say anything about the tie-ins till I’ve read it but I’m packed and ready to go on this adventure. We’ll see if I survive this one.

Read: 9 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 2 May 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrator: Paul Renaud

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Book Review: The Totally Awesome Hulk Vol.1: Cho Time by Greg Pak

The Totally Awesome Hulk, Volume 1: Cho TimeGoodreads Synopsis

There’s a brand-new Hulk in town, and his name is Amadeus Cho!
Get ready for gamma-fueled entertainment as the kid genius decides he’s gonna be the best Hulk ever -and just possibly brings the entire world crashing down into chaos! Cho is taking on the biggest monsters in the Marvel Universe, but can he handle the danger posed by Lady Hellbender? What will She-Hulk and Spider-Man make of this very different Green Goliath? And what exactly happened to Bruce Banner? With monster mayhem in the Mighty Marvel Manner, all from the wild and crazy minds of Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak and superstar artist Frank Cho, this is better than incredible, it’s totally awesome! Plus: Amazing Science during Secret Wars featuring the Amadeus Cho of Battleworld!

Collecting: The Totally Awesome Hulk 1-6, & material from Planet Hulk 1


I’ve been eager to read this comic ever since I read Champions #1 a couple of months ago. I’ve only ever fully invested in Bruce Banner’s Hulk but I decided to branch out a bit and see what other Hulk’s have in store.

Amadeus Cho is The Totally Awesome Hulk, the New Hulk and he cannot stress this enough. He’s constantly being compared to Banner and this is not something he likes. It’s one of the things that can easily make him Hulk out.

Apart from monsters appearing here and there and Amadeus along with his genius sister Maddy acting as mission control fighting and capturing monsters, we barely scratch the surface where the true plot is concerned. When I first started reading, my opinion of Amadeus was pretty much set. He’s a kid so naturally, he acts like one. He may be a genius but no one said he can’t act his age. As I continued through the issues, I realised that he’s holding so much in and battling with him being the Hulk, not the Hulk being him. I couldn’t help but compare him to Banner at this moment because Banner lost control and when he transformed into the Hulk, there was only one person behind the wheel…and it wasn’t him.

I don’t know if She-Hulk and Spider-Man will be in the remainder of the series but for me it felt like they were here to boost the views. I don’t mind because I like She-Hulk and I love all versions of Spider-Man especially when he brings in that awesome humour of his.

At this moment, I feel like this story could go anywhere and I’m trying so hard not to play guessing games because I want to be totally surprised. I really think that Greg Pak did an amazing job with the writing and it was definitely fun and entertaining.

Would it be weird if I said that the artwork had an almost modern feel to it? I haven’t read many Marvel comics before and I know each artist has their own technique but the vibe in this comic felt younger. Weird, I know. I can’t explain it, but there’s this ‘new’ feeling to it. I think it fits though since Amadeus Cho is the new Hulk.

I’m definitely interest in seeing where this story goes and seeing if Amadeus manages to stay in the driving seat.

Read: 17 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 26 July 2016
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Frank Cho | Mike Choi | Takeshi Miyazawa | Sonia Oback | Frank Martin | Andrew Crossley | Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Cory Petit | Travis Lanham

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Book Review: Spider-Gwen Vol.0: Most Wanted? by Jason Latour

Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted?

Goodreads Synopsis

THE BREAKOUT CHARACTER HIT OF THE YEAR IS GWEN STACY: SPIDER-WOMAN!

IN ONE UNIVERSE, it wasn’t Peter Parker who was bitten by the radioactive spider, but Gwen Stacy! She’s smart, charming and can lift a car … just don’t tell her father, the police chief. Now, in the wake of Spider-Verse, Gwen swings into her own solo adventures! And she soon finds herself between a rock and a hard place when the Vulture attacks, and NYPD Lieutenant Frank Castle sets his sights on bringing her down. Then, still haunted by Peter’s death, Gwen visits his only family: Ben and May Parker. But what really happened the day Peter died? Find out right here as the spectacular Spider-Gwen steals not only the spotlight, but also the hearts of comic fans worldwide!

COLLECTING EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 AND SPIDER-GWEN #1-5, WRITTEN BY JASON LATOUR AND ILLUSTRATED BY ROBBIE RODRIGUEZ.


First off, I must say that I probably should’ve read Spider-Verse first before starting this series. I didn’t miss out on too much but I do think some further insight would’ve helped things in the beginning make sense.

I’ve never read any Spider-Woman comic before and who better to start with than Gwen, since I’ve always liked her. My sister has already delved into this particular universe and made me curious so I thought I’d check it out myself. Not much goes on in this volume, if I’m being honest. This wasn’t an introduction of any characters, but merely a continuation of a story that’s already been outlined. It wasn’t difficult to catch up and the fact that I was joining in mid-‘verse didn’t take away from the enjoyment.

There are quite a few parallels in this ‘verse which I thought was a welcome change. Sometimes we’re presented with the same characters doing the same things, and while I like that ‘routine’ sense of things, switching things up a bit is always awesome.

There were a few minor villains that appeared that I’ve never really cared about so I was waiting for the big shoe to drop. And drop it did. One thing to note is that there is always a bigger shoe. This is when I started being a bit creeped out because characters that I’d already become accustomed to being a certain way were these opposites that I now had to get used to. I feel like with these multiple universes, anything is possible so the story can literally go any direction.

While I was reading, I thought about how in many comics there are your bad guys and your good guys and it’s usually a solid black and white, no grey area. I was wondering if it had to be either or. Where was the in between? As we neared the end, one of the characters brought this up (inception!) and said that everything is in fact not black and white and eyes needed to be opened to see the bigger picture. Dude’s not wrong.

I did enjoy reading this volume and I very much hope to continue this series and see what else Latour has in store for us.

Read: 9 April 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 17 November 2015
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jason Latour
Illustrator: Robbi Rodriguez

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Book Review: Champions #1 by Mark Waid

Champions (2016-) #1

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Goodreads Synopsis

Following the fallout of CIVIL WAR II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own — joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world — and they’re only the beginning!


I’m reading these comics completely backwards but oddly enough, since this comic was the start of a new story and team there was enough information for one not to get lost. Much.

As I mentioned, reading backwards so I haven’t read Civil War II yet but this comic explains a bit what happened to cause Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man to separate from the Avengers.

The Avengers is a crime fighting superhero group that have had their ups and downs over the years and maybe not everyone looks to them as the saviours they once were anymore. Nova and Spider-Man seemed to have been the first to notice that The Avengers get rid of the monstrous problem, who gets rid of the rubble on the street? Takes care of the people? An epiphany is had and soon Ms. Marvel too realises that they should be doing more to help. This is where the idea for Champions is born.

I enjoyed the writing and artwork (very detailed, vivid and so beautiful) quite a bit and even though this is only one issue, I still got through it a lot faster than I usually do with issues. No introductions of characters were made in this comic as it does take place almost immediately after Civil War II.

It’s known that the young ones see things that many adults are too stubborn to see, and that’s clear in this comic. Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man (joining them Hulk and Viv Vision) was to make a difference, want the people to trust them, but how can they when these so-called superheroes are messing up their neighbourhoods?

“We have to start enforcing justice without unjust force.”

I love the idea for this comic and I’m loving how with just one issue, so much was touched upon. I can’t wait to read the next issue. Maybe I’ll just hold out for volume 1.

Read: 29 December 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 5 October 2016
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Mark Waid
Illustrator: Humberto Ramos

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