DEADPOOL

Deadpool
Directed by An Overpaid Tool, Produced by Asshats, Written by The Real Heroes Here

Reviewed by Avril Brown

‘Deadpool’ is Marvel’s latest amazingly successful brainchild, blowing away box office records for opening weekend of an R rated film and delighting both comic fans of the Merc with the Mouth and newbies alike. This film is violent, crass, disgustingly hilarious and surprisingly touching, in a bloody, full-on crazy kind of way. In summation: ‘Deadpool’ is perfection.

That being said, this movie is not for everyone. It sure as hell is for me; I’ve already seen it once and have immediate plans to see if again, but it’s not exactly a film I’d take my mother to enjoy, ‘cause she wouldn’t. ‘Deadpool’ is perfection for people who love Deadpool, blood, guts and a whole range of filthy humor.

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If you can’t stand jokes about masturbation, the dropping of frequent mother-f-bombs or a massive amount of grotesquely mangled corpses, then go buy tickets for the ‘Revenant’ or something and leave the ‘Deadpool’ loving to us perverts.

One of the many reasons ‘Deadpool’ is just so splendid is that it did everything right. In the comics Deadpool is known for breaking the fourth wall (he turns to the reader and speaks directly to them), a gimmick utilized well in the film; present but not overdone. He loves to fawn over himself but has a certain amount of self-deprecating humor as well (this seems to come from the writers as well as Ryan Reynolds himself); tons of material to work with there (just the right amount of shade thrown towards previous less successful ventures, and not just ‘Green Lantern’). He never shuts up (his moniker is Merc with the Mouth for a reason) yet every word out of his masked mouth is gold. Yes, he’s incredibly violent and there’s only the barest hint of a moral code rattling around in his scarred skull, but there’s enough of one to make the slightly squeamish feel better about rooting for his ugly ass.

Part of the elation this film has brought fans stems from the fact it is the anti-Christ of the last time we saw Ryan Reynolds don the red suit. Deadpool’s appearance in ‘Wolverine: Origins’ was disappointment in its bitterest form. The gross injustice done not only to the character, but to the actor who seems to have been born to play Deadpool, was offensive. When I originally heard Ryan Reynolds was slated to play Deadpool in the ‘Wolverine’ movie I was overjoyed. I only knew him from Van Wilder but it was enough; I could actually hear him in my head cracking jokes and gleefully stabbing his enemies. And then that hot mess of a movie not only fucked up several iconic Wolverine story lines, but they also went ahead and sewed Deadpool’s mouth shut. Morons.

Thankfully ‘Deadpool’ the movie not only steamrolled right over that pile of crap, it made fun of it as well. Like a lot.

The only complaint, if you can even call it that, I have against ‘Deadpool’ were the massive amount of jokes revealed in the previews. Part of this is my bad; I was so excited for this movie I broke my own rule and watched every single preview right up until the bitter end; multiple times, too. I adored the marketing; couldn’t get enough of the brilliant creativity (did you see Deadpool’s PSA on testicular cancer? I’ve never heard so many nicknames for balls in a three minute span), but there were so many amazing lines/scenes revealed in the trailers that I felt like I’d already seen one quarter of the movie.

Still, there was plenty more to go around, some of which I didn’t even catch during my first viewing (everyone was laughing so hard I didn’t always hear the follow up line).

Sometimes a movie wins so hard, you just can’t help but grin and appreciate the sheer transcendence of it all. ‘Deadpool’ nailed it in every way this film and character was begging to be nailed (and he really would beg for it; Deadpool is one horny bastard). Well done, Real Heroes. Well done indeed. Give yourself a lopsided round of applause (trust me, people who have seen the movie are chuckling right now) and get back to doing what you’re best at, ’cause I expect the sequel to blow me…away. Serves you Heroes right for setting the bar so damn high.

CHEW 55

CHEW #55
Written by John Layman and Illustrated by Rob Guillory
Published by Image Comics

Reviewed by Avril Brown

You know the best part about blindly following a narrative and never trying to second guess what a particular panel or sentence may or may not mean? The fact that I can say with completely unbridled enthusiasm, ‘I did NOT see that coming!’

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A couple of different birdies were singing at me that this latest issue of CHEW, the final installment in the second-to-last story arc entitled ‘The Last Suppers,’ would totally blow my mind, and I can hardly contain my giddiness when I report they were one hundred and ten percent correct.

This is one of those issues in a series a fan can point to as clear cut evidence that CHEW still has its flavor. The jaw-dropping twists in this book will keep readers on the edge of their seat, their overloaded brains scrambling to keep up as they attempt to process what in the damn world is going on. Something wonderful happened, something I dare not have hoped for, but at the cost of something tragic.

Be careful what you wish for: I’d wished a terrible fate, loaded with pain and suffering, for one particular character because of an unforgivable act he appeared to commit. Well he did suffer, but instead of the savage joy of justice well-delivered, there is only sadness, confusion and an even more burning desire to discover the truth. Honestly I cannot imagine how the brilliant CHEW creators can wrap up this singular series in a scant five issues, but holy Jebus, I am dying to find out.

As per CHEW’s amazing balance of duality, alongside the rollercoaster drama ride are the delightful background nuggets, and one in particular I found particularly rewarding. Perhaps they’ve mentioned it before or since, but I recall Layman or Guillory, or perhaps both, spoke of an abhorrence of Chipotle’s cuisine at a panel at C2E2 several years ago, and in the first scene of this issue there’s an errant paper on the ground stating: ‘Chipotle Food Review – Rating: Sadface.’ I felt as if I was reading an inside joke, which is just too damn cool.

The end to one of my favorite finite series of all time is drawing nigh, and if the final five are anything in comparison to this particular issue (I have complete faith they’re going to be even more astonishing) then this concluding excursion is going to be uttering unforgettable.

COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH

COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH
Written and Drawn by Various
Published by Random House Kids

Reviewed by Marc Mason

Back when COMICS SQUAD: RECESS came out, I was deeply impressed by its lineup of talent and the execution they brought to the page. With this follow-up, COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH, the series shows that was no fluke by producing an even better book than the first.

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Let’s start with the talent involved. Jeffrey Brown. Jason Shiga. Jennifer & Matthew Holm. Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon. Jason Krosoczka. Cece Bell. Nathan Hale. And the Peanuts studio providing a piece with the classis Charles Schulz characters. That’s an absolutely titanic lineup, and they do not disappoint. Everyone brings their ‘A” game and their stories are fun, smart, and have a heart that might just help a young reader learn something.

There can never be too many great comics and graphic novels for kids. So it’s almost like you get spoiled when you pick up a book that has this much great material in it for younger readers. Oh, and make no mistake – this stuff is perfectly entertaining for older readers as well. The best stories appeal to the kid in all of us. This book is quite successful in doing so.

And if it happens to encourage you to buy another book by one of these amazing talents, then that is a win, too. In all, I give this book my highest recommendation.