27th Jun2017

‘Deadpool #32’ & ‘Generation X #3’ Review

by Dan Clark

Deadpool #32


Written by Gerry Duggan | Art by Matteo Lolli | Published by Marvel Comics

Who would have thought the character that would benefit the most from Secret Empire would be the merc with a mouth Deadpool? After the last issue, Gerry Duggan showed that Wade Wilson was more than random reference humor and breaking the fourth wall. When the time is right he can actually give us a story with some feeling behind it.

Now with Hydra in full America take over mode Deadpool has found himself still on the side of his hero Captain America Steve Rogers, although he is having his doubts. This is demonstrated in his unwillingness to spout out Hydra’s most infamous rallying cry. Rogers has slated Deadpool as the man to take out those who have failed to fall in line. This time his focus is on everyone’s favorite New Warrior, Speedball.

Last time Gerry Duggan limited the humor and gave us a more somber issue. Here much of that humor returns, but it is as effective as ever. Speedball and Deadpool’s little skirmish does not last long but is effective in providing some key laughs. Duggan does not fully forget what happen with Agent Coulson as it still weighs on Deadpool in a way that fits the character. Add to that the difficult his daughter is having in school and you have a Deadpool in major conflict with himself. We are getting a story that is more than Deadpool having fun shooting heroes. We are quickly finding out there are even lines a mercenary won’t cross.

**** 4/5

Generation X #3


Written by Christina Strain | Art by Amilcar Pinna | Published by Marvel Comics

As the X-Men are making a triumphant resurgence in the world of Marvel, Generation X remains a series that is still trying to find itself. Christina Strain is finding a voice for many of his characters, but that voice is so unlikeable this book becomes hard to read. It is one thing to leave space open for growth it is another to design a group of characters that are at times utterly insufferable.

Not helping matters is Amilcar Pinna’s art that is both sloppy and just plain ugly. The way he renders faces makes nearly everyone look distorted and misshapen. When action does occur it lacks fluidity and excitement. This book is not a total loss as this unique group of characters could produce a good story. We get a small glimpse when a faceless mutant is attacked and a key student has to determine if it is the right place and time to actually use his powers. Those are the type of stories that can and have worked for a series like this, but without better characters and sharper art, I do not see this part of the resurrection lasting much longer.

*½  1.5/5


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