Monday, June 27, 2016

Deadpool V Gambit #1 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Mondays

I'm a Survivor (What?)

Written By: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
Art By: Danilo Beyruth, Cris Peter, Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Publisher: Marvel Comics

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get into Weird Science's new Marvel Mondays....... and goddamn it's weird as hell because ever since we started talking about all things DC, there really hasn't been a lot of time for me to delve into my Marvel roots and see Spider-Man swinging through New York or watching The Thing yell "It's Clobbering Time"......... Marvel still prints Fantastic Four comics right?........ Oh man!  Well, hopefully my favorite Marvel team will return while we're getting all crazy on Marvel reviews and speaking of teams....... well, do I have a hell of a team-up for you.  In this first issue of Deadpool V Gambit, we see the man who made me buy a brown trench coat as a kid in the early 90's just because he was so damn cool, go up against the guy......who....... maybe made me afraid of burn victims?...... Cancer?..... Well, Deadpool is something alright.  Let's jump into this issue and see why a dirty Cajun and dirty wise ass have gotten themselves all in a tizzy.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins a lot like most mornings begin, waiting in line for coffee.  Unlike most mornings though Deadpool happens to be in this line and so does Gambit and once these two realize who they're sharing a coffee line with...... well, things seem to get heated and we get a flashback to when things went wrong between these two and surprisingly, it has something to do with Spider-Man and Daredevil........ but not the way you think.  Where I initially thought that this flashback was simply Deadpool giving us the lowdown about what happened the way his twisted mind would remember it...... with a Spider-Man who would go to local museums dressed in clothes, but still wearing the Spider-Man mask and acting strange and a Daredevil who would just show up and start causing havoc throughout the city with the fight that ensues.......... as it turns out this is what actually happened, but the thing is, this is actually Deadpool and Gambit in the guise of our heroes and they're creating this ruckus in order to steal a shit load of jewels for their partner Raul Chalmers, The Black Fox.  Should we go with the Chalmers' Three?....... Yeah, it doesn't have the same ring as Ocean's Eleven. 

While Deadpool and Gambit were out ruining Spider-Man and Daredevil's reputations, it turns out that Peter Parker and Matt Murdock were out and about going........ antiquing?...... Yeah, it's been awhile since I've dipped my tows into the Marvel waters, but I didn't think when I eventually came back to it that I'd see two of my heroes going about antiquing in whatever borough of New York that has nothing but hipster stands.  I know that everyone hates hipsters, but goddamn does this book spend a lot of time dealing with them and their nonsense.  Hell, at one point I thought that some hipster women were sporting those twirly mustaches...... and while I can't say for certain whether they were women or not because I wouldn't put it past a book like this, I will say that we need to get past the hipsters because while it may be fun to poke fun at them...... it's too easy.  It's just like beating up a child and then kicking it while it's down.  Yeah, it's fun, but it's too easy and after doing it a couple of times, people get sick of it........ and possibly call the cops....... I guess it really depends on where you live though.  Eventually Deadpool and Gambit make it back to their safe house with Raul Chalmers waiting, but while they're splitting up the take, Gambit realizes that there's a gun hidden underneath the table and while our two heroes have spent all day play fighting, now the real fight begins......... and while while Spider-Man and Daredevil try to find out who was posing as them, they end up getting in a whole bunch of trouble with the people who Deadpool and Gambit pissed off along the way,.

In the end, our anti-heroes eventually stop fighting and stop causing another ruckus throughout New York, when they realize that neither one was planning on double crossing the other and that the gun was planted by Raul Chalmers....... which leads them back to the safe house, where the jewels and Raul are gone.  This brings us back to our present day now that we know what the Spider-Man and Daredevil incident was that our main characters were originally talking about and before our issue closes, we see that Raul Chalmers was looking for a good cup of coffee as well that morning...... and I guess since he didn't want to be on the receiving end of a kinetic charge or a katana sword, he lets Deadpool and Gambit in on a new heist....... the ultimate heist that will set up Raul for life and allow him to retire in style and for doing it he'll give our duo the entire score from their last job.

That's it for this issue of Deadpool V Gambit and I had a great time reading this issue.  Yeah, it's hard not to have a good time when Deadpool is involved, but this issue also played on my nostalgia a bit because as I said in my header, it's been awhile since I dipped my toes in the Marvel waters and this made me remember the times when I'd get excited as hell for Gambit to be teamed up with heroes like Bishop because when the ragin' Cajun was concerned when I was a kid, that meant I was shelling out some cash.  Yeah, I'm not the die-hard Gambit fan that I once was anymore, but the pairing of these two is an awesome choice for a superhero team-up or as this title puts it a "V"..... because as we all know, "V" is for "Vs.".  Yeah, this team-up is doomed from the start, but if it's anything like this irreverent, pop culture filled issue, then I'm all in because with Deadpool's humor and Gambit's inability to really trust anyone....... Well, that sounds like a hell of a good time.  Plus, who doesn't love seeing things charged up and go 'splody?  Yeah, the hipster jokes were a little too much for me and thanks to this book I'm going to have Destiny's Child's "I'm a Survivor" stuck in my head for a week, not to mention the strange thought of Spider-Man and Daredevil going antiquing together left the child sized Marvel fan inside of me scratching his head, but the rest of the book was great and the art that accompanied it was perfect......... Plus, they dusted off Black Fox for this and that's hilarious to me.  I can't wait to see where this story goes because at least I know going forward, it's going to be a good time.

Bits and Pieces:

Deadpool...... Gambit....... Where's the beef?..... I can use that slogan for this right?..... I mean, you all know I mean beef as in problem and not actually a tasty burger from Wendy's right?..... Damn, I'm hungry.  Anyway, Deadpool V Gambit starts out hilarious as hell as you'd imagine and takes us on a story that will not only involve the Merc with the Mouth and the Ragin' Cajun, but also a heist..... and who doesn't love heists?  I'm asking a lot of questions here.  With great art and great humor that only lost me a couple of times with how much it wanted to poke fun at certain people, I have to say that this was an excellent issue and a great opener to a story I can't wait to read.  Everyone deserves a smile a day so why not let this issue be the cause of it.


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