Deadpool Killustrated is a four issue series from Marvel and it’s one of the most fun Deadpool stories I’ve read in years. It takes place after Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. It seems that after he killed everyone he came to the conclusion that they’re all just fictional characters. From there he’s gone to different universes and killed their hero counterparts and there appears to be no end in sight, so he decides to go to the heart of the problem. With some help from some mad scientists Deadpool travels to the stories of classic literature in an attempt to kill off the ideas that spawned the creation of the heroes he’s sick of killing. Through all this Sherlock Holmes finds out and assembles a team of characters to help him stop Deadpool. This book was incredibly fun, there’s really not one bad thing I can say about it, it was pretty damn perfect. Chances are Deadpool fans already know this is a must but anyone that likes goofy stories should pick this up. Even if you’re one of those people (like me) that got really sick of the oversaturation of Deadpool, if you haven’t come back to him already this is a great one to pick up. Highly recommended!
Sullivan’s Sluggers is a baseball horror comic by James Stokoe and Mark Andrew Smith, that’s right baseball horror. Sounds great doesn’t it? It is. Sullivan’s Sluggers are a minor league baseball team, the coach is a washed up player from long ago, blew a big play and now hides in a bottle. The team seems mostly more concerned with partying than playing ball except one star player they have. The team gets invited to play a game in a town, what they don’t know is the town has a terrible curse on it. After the sun goes down everyone in the town turns into giant horrible monsters and the Sluggers are fighting for their lives. While fighting off these things they find out the key to breaking the curse is to kill every one of the monsters so now it’s Sullivan’s Sluggers vs. the monster town and the team is losing numbers fast. As a fan of horror and baseball I loved this book. It’s about two hundred pages and all of them are awesome. The story is fun and the artwork is cool. For anyone that likes horror books, comics or movies I highly recommend this one, it’s pretty damn great.
Most Punisher fans will know the War Zone title and will back it as being great. This particular one is about the five issue series in 2012-2013. It’s a little confusing that they named it this, it seems they’re calling the trade paperback Punisher: Enter the War Zone, which is kind of better. It’s written by Greg Rucka with art by Marco Checchetto and Carmine Di Giandomenico. The series is kind of a fallout from the last Punisher series arc, Spider-Man is hunting down the Punisher because he’s rumored to have killed two cops…and he stole one of Spidey’s web shooters. After a brief fight between the two Spider-Man goes to the Avengers for help with bringing the Punisher down. What follows from here is basically the Punisher vs. The Avengers; Frank systematically takes on just about all of the members of the team. The only exception seems to be Wolverine who appears to be on Castle’s side in this whole war on criminals. This is probably my favorite Punisher arc or book or whatever you want to refer to it as since the last Punisher MAX series came to an end. The book is great fun and is full of the Punisher being badass as usual. It also sheds some light on what happened to Rachel Cole-Alves, the woman that basically was his sidekick in the last run. It shows her going through the justice system, the trial and what happens after. For Punisher fans, especially ones that have been keeping up with him recently I highly recommend this book. If you haven’t read the Punisher in a while though, or never have, you won’t be lost if you just pick up this series and give it a read, it’s self contained enough for that to work.
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Dark Horse and Paul Tobin brought us this five issue series that’s a little on the strange and very much on the creative side. Basically the story starts out in the 1940′s, there’s a fire at a mental institution and a man enters through a hole in the air. He tells Declan Thomas that it’s time to get colder. From there fast forward to today, our main character is a woman trying to go about her normal life, however she knows Declan as well, in fact she’s been taking care of him for some time. His temperature keeps dropping, currently his body temperature is around forty degrees, and he still looks the same as he did decades ago, besides having a blue tint to his skin now. He’s been in a catatonic state since she’s known him until one day he finally gets up and starts to talk. Declan also has a strange ability (besides being really cold), he can enter into the world of a crazy person, and somehow make them more or less crazy. We also find out that the man that made Declan this way is basically a soul eater and now he’s come for his meal, Declan. The rest of the story is basically the two of them running for their lives from this thing that wants to devour their souls. Overall I enjoyed Colder a lot, not the most amazing thing I’ve read but it was pretty entertaining. People that like Neil Gaiman stories will probably dig this. The art in this thing is pretty great too.
Retrovirus comes to us by way of Image comics. Written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Norberto Fernandez. It’s a story that’s part Jurassic Part, part outbreak with just a little bit of The Thing thrown in. Zoe is a scientist who gets recruited to try to find an anti-dote for a mysterious virus, the reason it’s not your normal virus is because it comes from a Neanderthal, one which the company that owns him decided it would be a good idea to clone. Zoe and a small group of scientists are working to find a cure as quickly as possible while being imprisoned in an arctic lab. The story is pretty great at first I had my doubts about this but I got quickly infested in it. The only thing I didn’t really like about this was the ending, it seemed like the story was going to continue but instead it just…ended. Besides that though it was a really good read. Recommended for people that like Jurassic Park and Outbreak.