Because I Feel Like It Comic Reviews: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

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Wow.

You wanna talk about a pleasant surprise? That’s precisely what I got when I read this book. Now, I’m a fan of Deadpool. I dug the Cable & Deadpool series, and typically, I enjoy his appearances in other characters’ books for the sake of the self-aware jabs at the universe and the comics industry in general. That being said, even when writers tried to develop his character, I always got the feeling that it was novelty for the sake of novelty. I respect the attempt at giving some substance to his personality, but simply by virtue of the unique and off-the-wall character that describes the Merc with a Mouth, developing him in the same way you would a more conventional character just… never quite seemed to fit quite right.

Dalibor Talajic and Cullen Bunn found a way to circumvent that in this elseworld title, and in doing so, created what I think is one of the more inventive meta-commentaries on comic book tropes that any company has put out in recent memory. In Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, his fellow heroes have finally had enough and get everyone’s favorite chimichanga-loving ninja committed to a mental facility. Unfortunately, the head psychiatrist turns out to be a villain attempting to brainwash the most powerful characters in the world into his own personal army.

Unfortunately, in trying to crush Deadpool’s psyche into submission, he awakens a new voice. A new consciousness awakes in him, suppressing the previously goofy voices into a singular. driving awareness of the endless cycle of death and revival that constitutes the lives of everyone in the Marvel Universe, driving him towards a singular, unwavering conclusion: it has to end.

What follows is exactly what’s advertised, with Deadpool taking on and dismantling every paragon and despot one by one, his fourth-wall shattering consciousness granting him knowledge of every character’s fears, weaknesses, and experiences, elevating him to omniscient status regarding anything and everything that has happened within Marvel canon. And when that kind of knowledge is focused to a laser-point, driven to an obsessive, psychotic goal… suddenly everyone’s favorite goofball becomes one of the scariest characters to exist in the Universe. He knows everything. And he’s coming for you.

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Too often, what-if stories lack ambition, turning into Mad Libs where certain character’s names and origins get switched around for kicks. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe is an example of what a talented writer can do when they’re truly willing to take a concept to its logical extreme. With a breakneck pace and a genuinely chilling ending, this book is a hidden gem that any long-time lover of comics should spend the time to check out.

Geek Spiel – The Most Neglected Hero There Is: Hulk and Movie Adaptations

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“Why Hulk get no love?” I know for me, and for many whom I’ve spoken to, one of the most pleasant surprises of Marvel’s The Avengers was Mark Ruffalo’s turn as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. After much beloved actor Ed Norton was unceremoniously removed from the role, many questioned whether Ruffalo would have the chops to pull off the nuances of Banner’s inner struggle with the beast that has so entrenched itself as a part of his identity. In my opinion, Ruffalo pulled off the role with grace and aplomb, and the decision to model the Hulk using motion capture effects similar to those used with Andy Serkis in his performance as Gollum succeeded where I felt previous iterations failed: making Hulk feel like an organic extension of Banner’s character.

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Because I Feel Like It Reviews – Thor: The Dark World

Being the second film in Marvel’s Phase Two, the sequel to 2011’s Thor had a lot to live up to, especially following the monstrous success of The Avengers. Furthermore, with Kenneth Branagh stepping down as director in favour of Alan Taylor, much skepticism surrounded whether or not an almost exclusively TV director would make the jump to film. It turns out that thanks in part to a cadre of writers with ample experience writing the Marvel lore (several worked on Marvel’s numerous animated series), and Taylor’s own experience on fantasy giant Game of Thrones, a film was produced that improves significantly over its predecessor, in spite of several flaws that still nip at its heels.

WARNING: Graphic Content – Episode 5: Marvel and Image, Image and Marvel

The triumphant triad of Noah, Vince, and Sandy return this week to catch up on some of our favorite comic book related stuff. This episode, we cover a number of promising Image titles including Luther Strode, Chew, and Hoax Hunters, Noah and Vince geek out over Atomic Robo and why you should be reading it, and Sandy does the impossible: convincing Vince to read a crossover event (*GASP*), Marvel’s Infinity. Click through to check it out!

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This Week, The Rogues Know It Feels Good to Be Bad: Bring on the Villains!

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This week, James, Noah & Vince expound at length about their favorite bad guys, with some help from YOU, the fans! Enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00 – 53:35 –> We go down the nominations for favorite villains from members of Fitocracy’s forums
  • 53:35 – End –> The guys go ’round the table for their Top 5 Villains from any media! Listen for the musical break to find the segment division.

What did you guys think? Were there any villains we forgot that you wanted to hear more about? Sound off about your favorite purveyors of villainy in the comments, and Like us on Facebook for more geeky goodness!