Monday, October 10, 2016

Deadpool: Back In Black #1 Review

Mesmerizing Gyrations: My Biggest Weakness

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Salva Espin, Ruth Redmond and Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Deadpool in the 80s with the Venom symbiote? I’m in. I mean what more can you ask for? Marvel is still on board the Deadpool hype train and who can blame them? If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If people are going to keep buying anything even remotely involving your not-so-friendly neighborhood ‘Pool guy, then go for it. So throw on your parachute pants, crank up some Madonna, and let’s jump right in.

We start out with the classic story of how Spider-Man got rid of the black costume and the symbiote that eventually became Venom, but we get much more story than you’ve ever seen. After being damaged by the church bells, the symbiote crawled to the bottom of the church, where a kind janitor starts bringing him candy to care for him. The janitor thinks Venom is attacking him, but it’s actually protecting him from an explosion.

Killer Thrill turns up looking for Venom and torching the church with lazers (yes lazers, not lasers). Venom gets the janitor away, but he dies of a heart attack so Venom goes off looking again. Enter Wade Wilson. Deadpool is busy getting his ass handed to him by a mind-controlled Machine Man. Oh and did I mention he had empty holes where his eyes should be? Apparently he gouged them out so he could resist Dansen Macabre.

The symbiote can sense Wade’s peril and springs into action, attaching itself to Deadpool and saving him. Deadpool quickly adjusts to the new powers the symbiote gives him and starts going to town on everyone. We get some quick backstory of Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars, which goes back to Marvel’s first Secret Wars event and told the story of the first time he had the black costume, before Spider-Man got it.

Deadpool gets pretty excited about his suit’s new ability to shoot web, or “thwip” as he calls it, and even leaves behind an expensive idol for Machine Man to decide what to do with. Killer Thrill gets the report that the symbiote has bonded with another human and is off playing superhero again, and the book ends with a kick ass page of Deadpool web-swinging through New York City.

If you like Deadpool and you like Venom, there’s no reason you won’t like this book. The villains are crazy, Deadpool is Deadpool, and it’s actually way more interesting to see what happens to the symbiote than you would think. Add the great art from Salva Espin to that mix and you’ve got yourself a pretty great comic. I can only hope the rest of this mini-series is this much fun.

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It’s Deadpool and Venom, y’all! If you’re looking for a fun comic that adds some cool backstory to one of Spider-Man’s best villains and Marvel’s best heroes, check this out. It definitely didn’t disappoint.


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