We’re trying something a little new here at Reaxxion: comic book reviews. Each week, I will post a quick review on what I felt were some of the week’s best comics. I’ll admit that I buy mostly Marvel comics, so If any readers want to make recommendations, please do so in the comments.
I will evaluate each week’s books based on entertainment value and the presence of SJW propaganda. This was a relatively light week for me because I only picked up four books. Beware: there may be spoilers below.
Saga is one of those comics that is hard to describe. It’s a sci-fi fantasy in the same vein as Star Wars, but that’s where the similarities end. Saga is also the kind of book that is definitely not for kids: issue #27 features an uncensored sex scene that devolves into a drug-induced flashback about protagonist Marko.
In the flashback sequence, we learn more about Marko’s childhood, such as the time Marko beat up a girl for torturing the family pet. That particular incident coupled with the horrors of war were enough to drive him to pacifism. While most of the issue focuses on Marko, there is a scene in which his current Alley Prince Robot IV is critical of not only Marko’s pacifism, but his decision to do drugs. Needless to say, Marko comes out of the experience changed, hopefully for the better.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #4
Darth Vader is currently my favorite Star Wars comic that Marvel has put out thus far. You would think there would be a lot of retconning since Disney reset the Expanded Universe canon, but this isn’t the case at all.
This issue has Vader returning to Geonosis in order to secure an old droid factory. Despite Vader’s history with Geonosis, the comic only has one panel of Vader reminiscing about the past. Readers will be happy to know that this is the cold and calculating Darth Vader of the original trilogy and not the emo kid turned Sith lord we got in the prequels. The issue also touches on what happened to Geonosis following the Clone Wars. I’m also interested in seeing how Darth Vader’s supporting cast from the last issue will continue to develop as the series progresses.
All-New Hawkeye #2
We’re currently on the second issue of All-New Hawkeye, and the creative team behind the series are hitting their stride. This story arc follows Hawkeyes Clint Barton and Kate Bishop on a mission to infiltrate a Hydra base. Artists Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez have their work cut for them in avoiding the trap of creating books that are too similar to the previous volume, but they’ve deftly managed to avoid this pitfall here. Perez’s use of watercolors gives a unique flavor to flashback sequences, while his hand-drawn sequences fit the tone of the present. They also serve as a nice tribute to David Aja’s art from the previous book.
Deadpool #45 (250)
The current Deadpool run has been a blast, but sadly all things must come to an end. Deadpool #45 is the 250th issue of Deadpool published. Not only has this current series come to a close, but Deadpool was killed as well.
Deadpool has always been best when the comics are balanced between comedy and tragedy, and this issue is no different. Sure, Deadpool was able to fend off an entire army of beret-wearing thugs, but the real surprise is how Deadpool dies. Despite the fact that Deadpool and most of his family and friends are viciously killed, I feel that the series ended on a good note. We all know that this is not the end for Deadpool: he’ll be back, possibly as soon as Marvel’s Secret Wars wraps up.
With that being said, this oversized issue contains several additional stories focusing on Deadpool and his supporting cast, including a roast hosted by Howard the Duck. Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan have set a high bar for future Deadpool writers.