Monday, June 27, 2016

The Unbelievable Gwenpool #3 Review - Marvel Mondays

Today was a Strange day

Writer: Chris Hastings
Artist: Gurihiru
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray (@bmur3660)

There are strange combinations you stumble upon throughout life that just seem to work. I’m talking about things that don’t feel like they should belong together but end up being a perfect marriage.  For example- French fries and milkshakes. When you’re young and stupid you may see someone dip a French fry in their milkshake for the first time and be repulsed.  Eventually you’ll partake, we all do, then fall victim to the most perfect combination of salty, sweet, hot, and cold known to mankind. What does all this have to do with Marvel Mondays and Gwenpool #3 you ask? Well, Gwenpool as a series has become the reading equivalent of french fries and milkshakes to me. It’s just perfect amount of everything and it works on so many levels. So, if you happen to still be with me, and have not yet headed to the drive thru, let’s see how Gwenpool will get out of the pickle she was left in last issue.

It was revealed at the end of issue two that Batroc the Leaper has found out Gwenpool was a fraud. That she has no powers or abilities at all and has been conning everybody including M.O.D.A.K. who hired her as an assassin. We pick up the situation here as Gwen spills the beans to Batroc before he runs and tattles to daddy M.O.D.A.K. on her. Gwen states that she does have kinda sorta some power and that its “I knows everyone’s secrets”.

Before Gwen is able to convert Batroc one hundred percent to her side with a clever display of her “powers” they get Kool-Aid manned by M.O.D.A.K. Instead of busting in and shouting “OH YEAH” I’m shouting “OH NO” because M.O.D.A.K. tosses his poor bookkeeper out of the window for not being able to setup Gwenpool as an employee on the payroll.  At this point M.O.D.A.K. goes straight to the source and asks Gwenpool for her info stating she wont be paid until she gives him what he asks for; a Social Security and bank account number. See this is difficult for Gwenpool she’s not from the Marvel Universe shes from where we are.

The story continues as Gwenpool hops over to visit Ronnie, her “life coach” in the Marvel Universe at this point, who sets her up with a magic egg from Dr. Strange which grants her an appointment with him at 1 p.m. While killing time taking target practice at the hideout Batroc approaches Gwenpool again to continue their earlier discussion.  Batroc beings to warm up to Gwen and after providing her a few shooting pointers resulting in some skillful shots for Gwen the duo are interrupted again this time by Dr. Strange as he arrives for the appointment.

As our story winds down Dr. Strange takes Gwenpool on a mystic journey that would make Bill and Ted proud. However this all does come at a cost if Gwen wants legitimacy and wants to stay in this world.  Does Gwen take Dr. Strange’s offer at a cost to her and her past? What does M.O.D.A.K. find out about our “hero” that puts her back on his shit list? Well folks I think this is a book you need to check out for yourself so I’m not spilling all the beans here today.

As he has for all issues of the Unbelievable Gwenpool so far Chris Hastings continues to have me rolling on the floor in fits of laughter.  The jokes run throughout the length of the book so no moment is too heavy with action or emotion without making you smile at the same time. It’s the French fry milkshake combination you just always want more off.  The art is amazing throughout by Gurihiru and the change when the characters enter the Astrial Plane is the books highlight this issue. It has such a unique feel necessary for such a setting change that the emotion in the scene really hits home.

Bits and Pieces:

I can’t stress enough how much I think this book is one of the highlights of the All New All Different Marvel imprint.  There is much more depth to the book than just a paint by numbers joke title here if that’s the reason you’re passing it by. This is a title for people of most any age or gender and when your finally ready to put it down it will have you shouting “Oh Yeah” just like the Kool Aid man as he enters through a wall.

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