I recently read a bunch of comics and managed to put a dent in my goal to read at least 20 comic books this year, so at the moment I’m pretty damn proud of myself. 😀
I’ve also gotten into reading comic books digitally, which I’m grudgingly loving because the illustrations show up a lot clearer onscreen, and I don’t have to worry about details getting lost as the page curves into the book’s spine. The colors also pop more when viewed on a device.
However, I do prefer to own physical copies of books, so the comics I tend to read digital versions of are ones I don’t own and probably wouldn’t buy physical copies of, like Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1: Millionaire With a Mouth, which I recently read.
Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1: Millionaire With a Mouth by Gerry Duggan, illus. by Mike Hawthorne, inked by Terry Pallot with colors by Val Staples (issues 1-2) and Guru-eFX (issues 3-5)
Sci-fi – superhero
Deadpool: World’s Greatest
He’s annoying. He’s dangerous. He smells terrible. But the public loves him. That’s right-the Merc with the Mouth may make money for missions of murky morality…but he’s become the most popular hero in the world for it. Eat that, Spidey! The world belongs to…Deadpool. The fan-favorite team of Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne return to bring Deadpool into his most successful adventures yet!
Collecting: Deadpool 1-5 (Goodreads)
I picked this up after rewatching the first and second Deadpool movies. I so enjoyed Ryan Reynolds’s depiction of the character that I wanted more. Plus, I’ve often heard from others how much fun the Deadpool comics are that I wanted to give them a try. However, as someone who hardly ever reads superhero comics, I don’t think this volume was a great place for me to start.
In Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1, Deadpool is uber popular and a millionaire financing the Avengers and has rented out his services in a business called “Deadpool’s Heroes for Hire.” The way he goes about this is by having a bunch of dudes — Stingray, Madcap, Slapstick, and some others whose names I can’t remember — act as him for missions and appearances. But things start to go wrong when someone dressed up as Deadpool starts killing people without getting a profit for it — so… just plain murder without profit, I guess.
For the most part, I liked the story and was entertained, but I was also disappointed because it didn’t have the hallmarks of a Deadpool comic that I was looking for (speaking directly to the reader and all that). Also, Deadpool was neither appealing nor charming in this and didn’t stand out much from the other characters. I guess there were just too many Deadpools. However, I really liked Madcap because he’s so odd.
Also, since I hardly read superhero comics and am not well-versed in the Marvel universe, I was a bit confused as I read and didn’t pick up on certain references and characters. But although this dampened my enjoyment of the story, I think it means that the story will appeal more to readers who are more familiar with Marvel superheroes than I am.
I really like Hawthorne’s style. It’s dynamic and detailed yet easy to follow, even in the fight scenes, and tends to stand out as well. I also like how the colors are applied. They really make the illustrations pop off the page and emphasize the details in Hawthorne’s illustrations. I like the variety of panels used too and have included two of my favorites below.
It was a decent read but not for me.