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411’s Comic Reviews: Fantastic Four #1, Deadpool #3, More

August 9, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Yesterday we discussed Favorite Comic Book Families

Now on with the show!

Cold War Vol. 1 TPB

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Panacea Cryonics promised a life after death, by freezing the heads of their clients and reviving them in the near future, when technology would guarantee them a life free of disease and trouble. However, as clients are finally revived, they learn this corporate pitch was too good to be true—instead of stepping into a life of their dreams, they awaken into a never-ending nightmare.

The world is at war—and this recently revived group of every day people are handed a gun, body armor and an ultimatum. They must fight in this war, against unknown opponents and horrors, in order to secure their place in a brave new world that doesn’t want them around.

And as these normal people survive wave after wave of technologically advanced horrors, they soon realize the answers to their questions are no comfort, and the future that they wanted might never be in sight.

Deadpool #3

Review by RobF

A new week, a new #1 issue from Marvel. This time it is the much anticipated Deadpool. Skottie Young and Nic Klein try to capture the magic of Deadpool but instead give us
some uninspired work and unfunny jokes.

The 3rd issue of Deadpool suffers from the same maladies of the first 2: The story is weak, and the jokes aren’t funny. The over-reliance on swearing (or the symbols that represent cursing) is a poor substitute for plot or jokes. The Avengers acting completely out of character. Finally, in the end, Deadpool is no better or worse off then when this whole thing started. The heroes still hate him, he’s still a merc for hire. After reading the 1st 3 issues I find myself asking “What was the point?”

There are some truly ugly parts to this series and the art represents it well. Vomit, blood, Deadpool’s naughty bits: all equally gross and drawn well by Klein, one of the few bright
spots in this series so far.

It’s near impossible to recommend Deadpool while the superior Deadpool: Assassin is in print. Young clearly misses the target with his jokes and the plot leaves a lot to be desired. If you need a Merc with a Mouth fix grab Assassin and read how Deadpool should be.

Rating: 4.0 out of 10

Fantastic Four #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

At long last Marvel’s First Family returns to Marvel proper with a new #1 and an exciting….wait. I should probably read the issue first before I go into introducing it properly. Give me a minute.

Okay, I just read the first issue and…it’s a little underwhelming.

I get what Dan Slott was trying to do but it’s not what I wanted as a reader and huge fan of the Four and it doesn’t hit the spot as far as a #1 goes. I won’t spoil it as best I can but we’re not quite getting the Fantastic Four in this issue and it feels more like a #0 issue to introduce people to the concept of the team.

Not what I was looking for. The Fantastic Four should be about the future and looking ahead, not mourning the past and reading about what others think about the team. This issue should have left me in awe, not a shrug.

Like I mentioned, I’m a huge Fantastic Four fan so I’ll be back in issue two but this is a pretty solid stumble out the gate for the book. I’m really hoping things pick up considerably in issue two.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

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