The Despicable Deadpool #289 Review

This issue really goes places. Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish aren’t merely trading on nostalgia when it comes to depicting the classic Cable/Deadpool dynamic in this arc. Instead, they’re testing the bonds of that partnership and exploring whether it can survive Wade’s recent backslide into villainy. In the process, the duo are delivering some of the wackiest and most entertaining moments in Duggan’s long run.

Admittedly, this issue gets off to a slightly rough start. It quickly becomes apparent that Deadpool and Cable’s recent feud has more or less blown over, despite where issue #288 left the characters. That’s a bit of a tension-deflator. Luckily, it’s not long before the story regains its momentum. Duggan and Koblish reunite the old Dynamic Duo just in time to pit them against Stryfe in a wonderfully over-the-top confrontation. Stryfe has never ranked among my favorite X-Men villains. It helps a great deal that Duggan takes such a tongue-in-cheek approach to the character, using Deadpool to poke fun at the many weird excesses of Cable and his evil clone.

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Venom #157 Review

Plenty of Spider-Man fans are questioning Sony’s decision to move forward with a Spider-Man-less Venom movie. But this series proves that such a thing is not only possible, it can do justice to the character. Why do you need Spider-Man when Venom is perfectly happy to take on the character’s rogues gallery himself? Therein lies the appeal with this current story arc.

On paper, Kraven the Hunter seems badly outmatched against his symbiotic prey. But if writer Mike Costa does anything right in this story, it’s highlighting Kraven’s cunning, bloodthirsty nature and his ability to out-think and out-plan his more powerful prey. In short, he works just as well as a nemesis to Eddie Brock as he has for Peter Parker all these years. I do wish this issue devoted a little more time to exploring the Venom/Kraven dynamic directly, but it certainly succeeds in casting Kraven as a major threat in Venom’s efforts to reestablish himself as New York’s designated Lethal Protector.

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What Did You Think of Tonight’s South Park?

It’s finally come to this. Cartman finally had enough of his relationship with Heidi this week. But as he discovered, losing the old ball and chain isn’t as easy as it sounds.

We’ll have our review of “Doubling Down” up a bit later tonight. Until then. let us know what you thought of the new episode in the comments below.

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Mister Miracle #4 Review

One of the great things about Jack Kirby’s work is that he often blended the most outlandish, bombastic concepts with perfectly ordinary, mundane trappings. The intersection between the mighty gods of Asgard and the ordinary mortals of Earth is at the very heart of Marvel’s Thor comics. It makes sense that there would be something of that juxtaposition at work in the Fourth World comics, too, as that mythology began life as an extension of the Thor franchise. That’s a quality that tom King and Mitch Gerads tap into with the latest chapter of Mister Miracle, as the series works ever harder to blend the grandeur of the New Gods with the depressing day-to-day existence of Scott Free.

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Black Panther Star on the Political Statement T’Challa’s Accent Makes

The king and protector of Wakanda doesn’t speak with a European accent, and star Chadwick Boseman says the choice is very much deliberate.

Speaking to CNET, Boseman said his accent is based around the fact that in the Marvel universe, Wakanda has never been conquered.

“There’s no way he would speak with a European accent” without the influence of colonialism, he said.

Boseman said in the colonialist system, “in order to be a ruler, his education comes from Europe.” Since Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth “without colonialism tainting it,” Boseman eschewed any accent that might betray that.

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