Nancy (of Graphic Novelty² fame) has been on vacation with her family and, as a result, asked if I’d be up for writing a guest post for her blog. Um, how about YES?!?!?!? Nancy and Kathleen’s Graphic Novelty² was one of the very first blogs I found as I entered the world of WordPress and blogging and I love their posts. As a result I couldn’t have been more excited to add something to their catalogue. My choice? Well, like a babysitter who lets the kids watch something a little inappropriate while Mom and Dad are out for the night, I figured we’d look at Deadpool! However, as is always the case when Deadpool’s being written by Cullen Bunn, Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars gives us a lot more than just the Merc with a Mouth at his inappropriate best. Bunn drops Deadpool in the original Secret Wars of the 1980’s and offers another master class on why we’ve come to love and need Deadpool so much. So maybe you should click over to Graphic Novelty² and check it out?!? C’mon, it’ll be rad! I promise. As a bonus, you can also spend more time perusing all of Nancy and Kathleen’s amazing posts too. It’s a two-for! Yay!
New Comic Book Day (or Wednesday to the lay person) is always a day filled with magic and promise. What will be waiting for me in my file?! What surprises may I find on the rack that I wasn’t even aware were coming out?! Most important of all – what lucky comics will be coming home with me?!? Well this week ended up being exceptionally exciting. Why? It turns out author Cullen Bunn had two new Deadpool issues waiting for me!! I picked up my file to find issue #4 of his brilliant Deadpool & the Mercs for Money series as well as the debut issue of Deadpool: Back in Black. I can assure you, whether you’re new to Deadpool or you’ve loved him for years – this is where you want to be. Do you hear that? Yes, that’s the sound of me rejoicing. Continue reading
Ahh…summer vacation. My final exams are all graded. My grades are all posted. And now my mind can gently turn from lesson planning and grading to the freedom of summer. There are lots of novels to read, movies to watch, sun to bask in, and family and friends to see…but it also means there’s a lot of time for writing and comic reading! Given how much fun I’ve had since I started blogging, I’ve decided to see how often I can post on My Comic Relief through the summer holiday. I’ve no set goal in mind, only the challenge! My question now becomes – is there a better way to ring in summer than with Deadpool’s Mercs for Money?? I say there isn’t! Continue reading
Here we are! It’s the end of the line! Okay, I know Deadpool’s taken us to some emotionally heavy and intellectually intense places this week. If you’re starting to feel a little fatigued, fear not! This final graphic novel literally has Deadpool teaming up with a panda version of himself called Pandapool. I guarantee it is even more adorable and awesome than it sounds. Today we finish our philosophical tour of Deadpool’s most meta adventure ever as we look at the final volume of Cullen Bunn’s groundbreaking Deadpool Killology – illustrated by Salva Espin – Deadpool Kills Deadpool. Like usual, this post is spoiler-free with regard to all major plot points. Continue reading
Yesterday, we explored Deadpool’s destruction of the Myth of Redemptive Violence and thus the very foundation for most comic conflicts and their resolutions. But the Sassin’ Assassin is far from finished. It’s time to embark on a Postmodern literary criticism like no other as Deadpool faces off against the literal (and literary) inspiration for comic book superheroes and villains! He also tackles the very notion of originality, forcing the (again, very postmodern) question of whether or not original ideas can exist. Cullen Bunn and Mateo Lolli helm this next level of Meta Madness in Deadpool: Killustrated, the second graphic novel in Bunn’s Deadpool Killology. As with yesterday’s post, there’s no major plot spoilers here, just a discussion of the book’s themes and philosophy. Continue reading
There are two things we can say with absolute certainty about Deadpool. First, he is everywhere right now. I mean EVERYWHERE. With an amazing movie and a growing list of monthly titles it seems the Merc with a Mouth is trying to channel Spidey in popularity as well as the mask design department. Second, he is the most meta, self-aware, fourth-wall breaking character in the entire genre. To honor both of these hallmark traits I’ll be doing a trilogy of posts this week on the Sassin’ Assassin, the Regeneratin’ Degenerate, the man, the myth, and the legend (if only in his own mind). Each of these posts will explore Deadpool at his most meta. And he’s never been MORE META than he was in Cullen Bunn’s Deadpool Killology. Continue reading