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411’s Comic Reviews: Despicable Deadpool #290, Mister Miracle #5, More

December 21, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Despicable Deadpool Variant 290

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Yesterday we discussed “The Best Comic Book Holiday Stories”

Now on with the show!

Pestilence TPB Vol 1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

It is the late 14th Century, and a Great Pestilence—the “Black Death”— is sweeping across Europe, killing over 100 million people. BUT, what if history as we know it was a lie? What if, in reality, this was no straightforward plague, but the FIRST non-recorded Zombie Infestation of man? Ex-Crusader Roderick Helms and his fellow “black ops” agents the Church, Fiat Lux, must seek out the cause of this undead outbreak and vanquish it before mankind ceases to exist!

Written by the master of violence, gore and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from illustrator Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer)!

I’ve been singing praise for AfterShock’s Pestilence’s since it first came out. Now they’ve released Vol 1 for you to catch up on all the action. While it’s easy to dismiss zombie-related stories, Frank Tieri has found an original voice with a story that will grab you from the start and have you turning each page in dreaded anticipation. Oleg Okunev lays it out spectacularly and makes the zombie threat leap of the page.

Pestilence is an easy recommendation and delivers characters that I actually am invested in. Vol 1 is a great taste of what Pestilence delivers and its a story that I want to read more of.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Doctor Radar #2

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Paris, 1920. A number of eminent scientists have recently died in seemingly unconnected incidents. Gentleman detective, Ferdinand Straus, believes there’s more to the deaths than meets the eye. His investigations have led him to one “Doctor Radar”. After finally tracking down Radar, the elusive mastermind has given Straus the slip…

I picked up the second issue of Doctor Radar after reading the near flawless first issue and I am pleased to report that the second doesn’t disappoint or drop off in quality.

Ferdinand Straus is brought to life and fills the pages by the expert hands of writer Noël Simsolo and while he rings familiar of another famous detective, his style is all his own. Frederic Bezian’s artwork is a perfect fit for the story and period, delivering visuals that deserve second and third looks.

While this is the final issue, I have my fingers-crossed for more adventures from these two.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Despicable Deadpool #290

Review by RobF

Deadpool kills Cable. Yeah, right. There has to be a catch, a technicality, something. No Deadpool book would be complete without some kind of twist. Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish continue Deadpool’s descent into badness in Despicable Deadpool 290.

Well, technically, he does kill Cable. A Cable. One of many Cables. He knows Deadpool has to fulfill his commitment to Stryfe so he decides to sacrifice the oldest Cable of all (the Old Man Cable joke is gold). They have to travel to the future, a future in which Apocalypse has weaponized global warming. A future where vampires run free. And Cables from all across the multiverse, all shapes and sizes, come to get their energy boosts.

Of all the possible futures (and we have seen many) this one has to rank as one of the most interesting. It’s like Duggan grabbed some random concepts and through them all together, but somehow it works. A space viking ship? Vampires? A Reed Richards/Cable hybrid? Its all there plus more.

Koblish is on point here with the art. His detailed-oriented work is a joy, you could spend an hour reading the walls in the subway. Love it.

Deadpool’s return to the dark side has been a slow burn but Duggan and Co. have made it a fun ride. It is an interesting story with some great artwork and I am anxious to see where it ends up next.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Mister Miracle #5

Review by John Pumpernickel

I apologize if I’m a little distracted. I just finished reading Steve Gustafson’s ‘Best Comic Book Holiday Stories and have been going through my collection. I’m a little surprised with the amount of holiday themed issues I have.

When I first started collecting, I was obsessed with Annuals and one-shots. I thought there were special and easier to get into than collecting the regular issues. Plus, they usually had some interesting creative teams. Then again, I was a dumb kid so what did I know?

After a while I started focusing on writer/artist teams. Too often I’d get into a comic but lose interest once one or the other left the book and the replacement just felt odd.

Which brings me to Mister Miracle.

Mister Miracle is the type of book that you pick up minutes after you finish and start reading it from the beginning. The team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads were meant to be and come together in a perfect storm of awesomeness.

I wont compare it to King’s Vision but if you enjoyed that, you’ll love this. King has a gift for bringing out the humanity and wonder of a character that’s often been overlooked.

Mister Miracle is a magnificent blend of humor, introspective characterization, and adult fun. It’s one of the most unique and mesmerizing comics being put out by the Big Two and I can only hope the sales match the amazing quality of the pages. You’ve never read a comic like this before and perhaps that’s the best compliment I can give this series as I hate spoiling what’s inside. While I’ve been aware of Scott Free and Barda for years, they’ve never resonated and drawn me in like they do in Mister Miracle.

Find the first issue and get caught up on one the best series that you can’t escape from.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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