Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is a four part series released in 2012 written by Cullen Bunn. As a general fan of Deadpool and ‘kills the marvel universe’ stories I was pretty excited for this. So far both The Punisher and Wolverine have killed the Marvel Universe and now it was time for Deadpool to step up. Luckily there was no lame Marvel Zombies tie in or anything which I was worried about, and there are some pretty good kills. The story (what little of one there seemed to be) kept me interested enough to be excited for the next issue to come out. And though the ending was amazingly lame (I won’t give it away because this is pretty new and if you heard it you probably won’t want to read it) overall I liked this a lot. While it fell very short of the greatness of the Punisher rampaging through all of your favorite marvel heroes and villains I’d say it was on par with Wolverine’s bloody interpenetration of the event.
Written by Chris Henderson with art by Mike Harris The Prize is only a one shot (sixty two pages). Along his travels The Punisher notices people going to some great lengths to secure an envelope, so he decides it’s important if the wrong people want this thing so bad. He finally gets his hands on it just do discover it’s an invitation to an auction that happened over a year ago. Through some information he finds out that it’s an auction for a Super weapon that was taken from Tony Stark, the weapon? An old Iron Man suit. Now Punisher has to figure out how to defeat Iron Man and keep it out of everyone’s hands. I’m a big Punisher fan, the 90′s seemed like it was both the best and the worst time for the Punisher, this story oddly falls somewhere in the middle. It’s far from a great story but it’s not bad either. I’m not sure why it got its own book, seems like it should have been something that was just worked into whatever Punisher title that may have been going then. If you’re a big Punisher fan you’ll probably enjoy this but if you’re not or you haven’t gotten into the Punisher much this may be one to skip.
A one shot comic marvel did in 2002; it was written by Peter David and came in at about forty seven pages. It tales the tale of the last days of Bruce Banner. We’re about two hundred years in the future, war has ravaged the earth and everyone is dead, everyone except Bruce Banner and The Hulk. Super cockroaches come in swarms sometimes and devour what they can of the Hulk but he always regenerates. They just walk the Earth waiting to die. Or rather Bruce does, Hulk never wants to die. Despite all of Bruce’s attempts at suicide Hulk always stops them. There’s not a lot to the story, not a lot really happens but even still I can’t call it boring, it’s just not amazing. The art however (Dale Keown, Joe Weems, Dan Kemp) is really good, it’s the best part of the book. Super Hulk fans and people who just like reading post apocalyptic stories might be interested in this but it probably isn’t for everyone.
Well they went back and tried another Wolverine movie. I mean why not, there’s no way it could be worse than the first one, and they’ve have to really work to make it worse than the X-Men movies. They got James Mangold to direct and Hugh Jackman is of course Wolverine again, so there are some good things. Wolverine saves a man during the war, many years later the man is looking for Wolverine to thank him and ask for his help. During all of this his granddaughter, Mariko finds herself in grave danger, the type where a bunch of people are trying to kill you. Wolverine of course ends up saving her life countless times and tries to protect her. Oh yeah and they take away Wolverine’s healing factor almost immediately, because who wants to see a comic character they like have all his powers, right? Speaking of things that you like about comics that get ruined in movies, Silver Samurai is in this….as basically an Iron Man suit. Overall the script is just muddled trash; it’s a giant problem for the movie. This movie also seemed to be begging to be rated R but it was PG-13 so you got tons of off screen violence which really just became annoying. Overall I guess this was about as terrible as I expected. It’s clearly not as bad as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it’s not as good as X-Men First Class (which I also did not like). It’s muddled somewhere in with the first three shitty X-Men movies. If you’ve seen the trailer I assume you already know this movie is to be avoided, but if you find yourself trying to believe in something to give you false hope, just let it go. Use that $11 for something better, like setting it on fire.
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This story is from 1993 Jim Starlin wrote it in a two book format, which I find weird but whatever. Basically the Punisher is chasing criminals like he does, one gets away from him and he fallows. The guy gets onto a school bus and he and the Punisher get on a fight on the bus. Eventually the bus finds itself in the way of an oncoming train and all the kids that were on it die. The Punisher is the only survivor, which is nothing new for him. What is new are his hallucinations. From a suspected head injury he’s seeing the ghosts of all the kids that were on the bus, they’re forcing him to hunt down Roger “Snake” Lewis (the criminal that caused this). This seems like a simple task for the Punisher; however the man is employed by Kingpin. Once Kingpin finds out that the Punisher wants this man he decides to protect him just to rob the Punisher of something he wants. Now the Punisher has to find a way to persuade him it’s not worth protecting this one man. Overall not a bad Punisher story, I really wish it was in one book instead of two if they’re going to make it a separate title but that doesn’t really affect anything besides just annoying me. As far as a Punisher story goes it’s not the best in the world but it’s not bad either. Punisher fans will enjoy it but people that aren’t familiar with the Punisher will most likely not care for this one much.