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Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 0: Don’t Call It A Team-Up

Sadly, I cannot rate this very high. Maybe after I read more in the series, it will be higher than a two, but unto itself, I can’t go higher.

Title: Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 0: Don’t Call It A Team-Up
Author: Joe Kelly, Fabian Nicieza, Daniel Way, Kevin Shinick, Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Christopher Hastings, Scott Aukerman , Pete Woods (Illustrator), Patrick Zircher (Illustrator), Eric Canete (Illustrator), Carlo G. Barberi (Illustrator), Aaron Kuder (Illustrator), Mike Hawthorne (Illustrator), Jacopo Camagni (Illustrator), Skottie Young (Illustrator), Ed McGuinness (Illustrator), Reilly Brown (Illustrator)
Series: Spider-Man/Deadpool, Book 00
Publish Date: May 24th 2016 by Marvel
Genre: Superhero
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Two great tastes that taste great together! As Spidey and Deadpool fast-talk their way into an ongoing buddy book at last, grab the full story of their unlikely bromance. Through the magic of comics, Wade Wilson steps into the swinging shoes of a young Peter Parker! Then, the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler and the anti-social there-goes-the-neighborhood merc trade blows and “yo mama” quips. If friendship blossoms during encounters with Hit-Monkey and the Hypno-Hustler, will that jerk Otto Octavius ruin everything by being all Superior?

COLLECTING: DEADPOOL (1997) 11, CABLE & DEADPOOL 24, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 611, DEADPOOL (2008) 19-21, AVENGING SPIDER-MAN 12-13, DEADPOOL (2012) 10, DEADPOOL ANNUAL 2

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Percy Procrastinator says…

This is a situation where there needs to be a reader’s guide. Many book series have published a prequel after the first several books are out. They can clarify things that the author intended but that the readers didn’t understand or know about. Or they can muddy the waters to readers who don’t know when to read it. For me, this is firmly the latter.

I don’t usually notice art in comics. If It’s a good story, the art is second. It’s only if the story isn’t going well that I notice the art.

I noticed the art.

It could have served to help tell the story, and that’s what they were trying to do, but it fell flat for me. I lost count of how many different styles were used. I think it attempts to patch a few things here and there to be tied to other stories. Again, maybe if I had already read other volumes, it would make sense. It doesn’t.

The story itself is disjointed. It feels more like an anthology that covers several gaps in an ongoing story than a cohesive story itself. We start in some action, but I never got the sense that there is tension about anything. I think that’s because, as with most series, the main characters have a feeling of not being able to be hurt. That’s certainly true here. After that, we move to a different point in the timeline, and things are different, and it takes a while to figure that out.

In the end, I found this too disjointed. Again, it reads as if it actually came out several years into an ongoing series and acts to glue various things that happened in that series better. If they had had some expository explaining where the story fit and what happened, or maybe even a warning that it should be read after a certain point, it might be better. Perhaps if I ever get to those, I will revisit this and see how it stacks up then. Until then, I can’t recommend it.

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Kat’s Superhero Spotlight

The New Year is here!!! And I’ve got a whole bunch of books I want to read this year. So I got my organizational skills (aka OCD) into gear and made a plan that enables me to catch up and enjoy a whole year full of books.

This month’s specialty? SUPERHEROES. I mean, I’m such a huge fan of caped crusaders and vivacious villains, so I thought I’d give this genre a shout out for the whole month of January.

January’s Spotlight Features:

Almost Invincible – Kristen Brand

A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains…

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains.

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter.

Almost Invincible is the third book of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series but can be read as a standalone. If you like tense thrillers with big, superpowered action, don’t wait—download Almost Invincible now!


The Astounding Antagonists – Rafael Chandler

Dr. Agon, a megalomaniacal inventor with an arsenal of lethal gadgets. Motley, a wisecracking jewel thief with nothing left to lose. Chillpill, a cryogenic drug lord who just wants a normal life.

Baelphegor, a demonic psychopath with an ugly score to settle.
They’re the most dangerous supervillains on Earth, and they’re about to pull off the perfect crime. There’s just one catch: if they succeed, they might accidentally save the world.

From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the gates of Hell itself, the Antagonists are pursued by violent superheroes and billionaire vigilantes. But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur…


Superheroes In Prose, Vol 1 – Sevan Paris 

Snow is so freaking cool.

And I’m not talking about the Superhero named Snow (but he’s actually pretty cool too). No, I’m talking about snow-snow. Like the stuff people sing about at Christmas. Like the stuff Mom used to make snow cream out of. Like the stuff whitening everything in the city of Prose.

It snowed four inches last night—unusual for Prose even in winter. And downright impossible in March … yet here it is: Clumps falling off the Michael Booth Bridge, only to slowly be replaced by more;
every boring rooftop—angled or flat—covered with a cheery, white blanket of awesome; kids building leaning snowmen in front of
their apartment buildings. No school. No worries. No Supervillains. The city looks
like the coolest snow globe ever. Nothing can ruin this day.

Except for the smartass alien I’m bonded to.

I’m Gabe Garrison and this is the next part of my story …


Superheroes In Prose, Vol 2 – Sevan Paris 

A ragged, vacant breath escapes Rock’s mouth. 

The hospital bed—even reinforced for his stony one-ton body—creaks with every exhale. They’re deep and quick, like wind rushing from a cave. Specially designed tubes rest in the slits he has for a nose, feeding him … keeping at least his body alive. Wires hang from machines and chirp heartbeats.

Rock’s three-fingered hands, each one the size of a basketball, rest outside the fuzzy blue hospital blanket. The right one is held by a woman with Magickal arm tattoos. The brown Henna patterns curve and swirl up her toned arms, disappearing under the shoulders of a blue dress. It’s the Springy kind: sleeveless, light, and flowy. She wipes a hand under a glowing pink eye.

I shift my weight from one foot to the other.

“I wish …” through Ember’s lips, Pink takes a deep breath and starts over … “I wish you could have known him, Gabe. He was so … I wanna say ‘awesome.’ But that word—awesome—gets overused so much, that when you really need it—when it really, really counts—it totally sucks the umph out of whatever you’re trying to say. But I’m here to tell you, with all the fracking umph that I can, getting to know Rock … awesome is just what it was.”

She smiles a little and sniffs. “But the first time I met him, he was a great big jerk.”

She looks out the window of the hospital room. “Liberty had just finished giving me a tour of HEROES Tower, and introducing me to Silver Sentinel and Thinkor. All of a sudden, I hear … like this thunderous boom-boom-boom behind me. I turn—look up … and up, and up …”

“And then Liberty says, ‘Rock, you’re just in time to meet one of our potential recruits: Her name is Bubble Trouble.’ ”

“And Rock says, he goes—” Pink drops her voice, making it rough—“ ‘Bubble Trouble?! What kinda silly-ass name is that?’ And then that rock slide thing he calls a laugh came out of his mouth.”

She laughs and looks back to Rock.

“God, I hated him for that. But I realized—I mean, later when he just kept bringing up the name thing, I figured out that was just him. Just his way of welcoming me. Of being more than just a teammate or whatever. Of being a friend. An obnoxious, pain in the ass friend, but a friend. He showed me the ropes or slopes, or whatever you wanna call them—that’s what he showed me … how to be a Superhero. And in return, I …”

Another gurgled wind passes out of Rock’s mouth.

“I’m sorry, Rock,” she says. “I—just, God, I am so sorry.”

Pink looks at Rock a moment longer before flicking Ember’s fiery red hair my way. “Do you think he can, like, hear me?”

The question is so unexpected, and seems so … important to her, I don’t know what to say. I take a deep breath and open my mouth—

“Gabe, are you about ready to broom this female, or what?” M says.

I press my fingertips hard against my forehead as if I could somehow rub away the alien entity living inside my brain.

My name is Gabe Garrison, and this is the next volume of my story …


In The Meantime… Check Out Some of My Favorite, Great Superhero & Villain Reads:

The Effigies

Bigtime

Superheroes Anonymous

Forever Red

DC Icons

Ex-Heroes

Renegade X

Dark Star

Golden Age

These Vicious Masks

New Release Bulletin – Almost Invincible by Kristen Brand

Hot Off The Press! New Release!

Superpowers? Check!

Supervillains? Check!

Spandex? Of course!

Today marks the fresh release of Kristen Brand’s next installment of her White Knight and Black Valentine chronicles. This superhero series is full of badassery, romance, and epic fights between incredibly gifted heroes and classic villains.

Introducing Almost Invincible!

Title: Almost Invincible
Author: Kristen Brand
Series: White Knight and Black Valentine, Book 03
Genre: Superhero fantasy
Publication Date: September 30, 2017

Publisher’s Description: A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains… 

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains. 

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter. 

Almost Invincible is the third book of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series but can be read as a standalone. If you like tense thrillers with big, superpowered action, don’t wait—download Almost Invincible now!


I’m so excited!!!!

Personally, I’ve enjoyed this series greatly. You can find my reviews of the first two books—Hero Status and Villainous—already on this site. Plus, I’ve got plans to read both The Best Man and Almost Invincible, not to mention review them so you can check out just how awesome these books are.

It’s out today, so take a look, and support this fabulous author! If you love superheroes on top of notoriously evil plots, great writing, and super awesome characters.

Amazon Links…

About The Author…

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books. Hero Status is her first novel.