5/22/2016 [Comic Book Day] Deadpool: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This is the third issue of the third volume for Deadpool, and is part of the Marvel NOW! Storyline.

Deadpool - The Good The Bad and The Ugly

My impressions:

The formula for these Deadpool comics seems to a plot that kick-starts with a joke, then seems to rapidly decent into a pit of an action-adventure Hell. Not in the context that this Hell is a bad thing, as I’ve read these comics, these Hells are more often than not rather amusing and highly entertaining. Many comics and manga are formulaic, One Piece is the best example I can think of of a consistent formulaic structure that has lasted damn-near 20 years… but formulas work as long as the author gets innovative. These people over at Deadpool do I believe.

The cons: As a one off, (although they seem to be preparing for further installments in the series), the relationship between Caramalita and Deadpool starts off as a one-off humorous entanglement that seems to get much more serious down the road. However, since there seems to be little mention of her or his entanglement with her, his ending sequence with her in the pits of his very own personal Hell seem to me less impactful. If however, there had been more of a lead on throughout the comic, a build really, maybe that moment would have a little more relevance. As it stood alone however, so so little context for any of this and it just comes across like it was written in by a high school student.

The pros: Outside of this one con, this comic really did ignite a greater interest in comics. Granted not like EC Comics or Watchmen that I’ve read thus far, (I’d say that’s more high-brow art), but for mindless entertainment purposes, this really did fit the bill. From outset this comic starts off with a really classy joke set-up that descends into the recesses of madness and Hell that was completely thrilling. What I also liked, (again being new to comics), is characters I don’t know much or anything about, like Captain America or Wolverine, I really was “shown” who these characters were. What I mean is, Wolverine and his sense of smell, his backstory (to a degree), Captain America and the Boy Scouts, his backstory and character (to a degree), all were “shown” and illustrated in the comic so for a newcomer you had an idea about who these people where.

Overall, as a entertainment piece it does deliver. I keep thinking to myself however that these issues could be done to a greater degree. Somehow the comedy is good, but not funny enough, and the action is good, but the action seems stale. The thrill is there to a degree, but its too toned down to achieve any real high marks or accolades with me. All the same, the journey has been enjoyable thus far, so I’ll keep at it. Sometime you have to wade through shit to find gold.

5/20/2016 – 5/21/2016 [Comic Book Days] Deadpool: Soul Hunter

This is the second issue of the third volume for Deadpool, and is a part of the Marvel NOW! Storyline.

 

Deadpool - Soul Hunter

My impressions:

This is what I had been waiting for for sometime in my comic book experience. To be honest, much about what I had felt about American Comics is that they were written by fan-boy nerds who loved inside jokes. There is still a fair share amount of that in here, if you are unfamiliar with the backgrounds of say Spider-man, his villains, or Daredevil, some of the references Deadpool spews out as jokes are completely lost on the reader. Not to worry though, I’m sure these fan-boy insider jokes will come to me with time. Ultimately though, that is not this comics strong suit, nor is it claiming to be.

 

Where the comic succeeds is not in references to others, or insider jokes, but where it holds its own. In it’s own universal jokes and it’s own story, holding it’s own. It stands tall. Much of the enjoyment I had from reading it came from some of it’s adult material, and much of the enjoyment I had from laughing at the book came from it’s universal humor.

 

Where I gripe about comics being written by fan-boy nerds who love inside jokes or references, perhaps this may not bother me in too many degrees. A comic is written for everyone, the beginner and the more advanced reader, suddenly it does incite a person to get a better background in the sources.

 

What I thoroughly enjoy about these Deadpool comics thus far, is they start with a joke… but the joke is carried into a serious, and interesting, action-adventure rabbit hole. This comic starts out as a complete joke, but each chapter of soul hunting seems to bring the initial joke darker and darker into the underground until it reaches a meltdown point. The meltdown is usually very enjoyable and page turning.

 

I’m enjoying my time with these comic books. I do have a fair degree of criticism of them, but my enjoyment of the medium has come well before the criticism. I had the same feelings with my movie passions. I loved movies passionately, but hated their construction. I think such attitude applies here, I have a fair share amount of things I hate about comics, but I’m so deeply passionate about many of it’s successes.

5/19/2016 [Comic Book Day] Deadpool: Dead Presidents

Deadpool - Dead Presidents

 

This is the first issue of the third volume for Deadpool, and is part of the Marvel NOW! Storyline.

 

My impressions:

It’s a great starting point, sort of, though I felt many of the more comic-oriented jokes were outlined for comic-readers. As a person who’s new to comics, it feels I’m not in the club yet so I don’t get all the club jokes… but I do understand why they are in there. They’re trying to appeal to an audience, new and old.

 

As a person new to the fine art of comics, it was bittersweet. It filled my expectations to a great degree but also spent a great deal of time letting me down.

 

Example, in the case of its successes, many of the grandiose sequences toward the end of it’s issue… starting perhaps with chapter 4 beginning with a Marilyn Monroe Deadpool putting an enchanted sword in the heart of a Zombie JFK and ending in a Hell in the Cell Deathmatch in Vegas with Abe Lincoln is highly amusing. The remaining chapters, such as chapter 5 battling in outer space with Ronald Reagan and chapter 6 all-Hell-and-action breaks loose is entertaining.

 

Example, in the case of its failures, it had many a fine opportunity to truly capitalize on the puns and hilarious quarks of American history. I’m not putting it down on all fronts here. Taft in a bath, FDR puns, Gerald Ford, a number of presidents got their kudos and proper due treatment; and when it worked, boy did it work. But just as many times as it worked there was enough times it didn’t, and it just seemed like many of the dead presidents seemed lifeless as the zombies they were. Too general. If a president came from a time before the automobile, instead of making a contribution known to that president, they opt for a generic “onward to the horseless carriage”.

 

A comic that inspired me to look at comics was Watchmen. In every panel and juxtaposing panel is an idea, small ideas and big pictures. This comic is not so well-constructed. Each panel is leading to “A” conclusion, but each panel is not its own set of conclusions leading to acute and grand conclusions. Ultimately, it’s very run of the mill to me. Nothing too special.

 

What it accomplishes in action it loses in the art and craft I feel. If you’re going in it for the action, I’m assuming you could find a better source elsewhere. While the final 3 chapters remain a wonderful investment, surely your capital of time could go to better places.

 

 

C.D.M. Adopts a New Life

I’m not going to tell my story just now, but what I will tell you is what this blog is about. It’s about the arts. It’s about intelligence. It’s about science. It’s about religion and spirituality. It’s about building a body of knowledge. It’s about building a new me from the ground up. It’s about working with enjoyment and enjoying my work. It’s about life. Hence, C.D.M. Life.