Spider-Man/Deadpool, Vol 1 [Books]

spiderman deadpoolFunny story behind this one. A long time ago, on a trip to Margate, the BF and I went into an awesome little comic book store. I picked up a few graphic novels, and through visiting various second hand bookshops in the area, a whole lot of new books. I’m still working my way through them all. But recently, I picked up the Spider-Man/Deadpool graphic novel, eager to sink in and read it.

And found out it was actually volume 2.

So I jumped online, found volume 1 and ordered that, went to start Sandman and realised I’d done the same thing (but got #3 instead!) so went and got volume 1 of that too and…

Honestly, this is why you Google these things while you’re in the shop, kids! (Also it would help if graphic novels – and fiction books! – could include a number, on the cover or spine. Or something! I know some do but please can this be more common)

Anyway! The review!

At the point this story starts, Deadpool is part of the Avengers, and because of his presence of the team, Spider-Man has opted out. But Deadpool wants to impress good old spidey, and prove to him he really has changed. The problem being, Deadpool has been hired to kill someone he believes to be an evil tyrant – Peter Parker.

I’ve read a few Deadpool graphic novels before – I especially loved Kills the Marvel Universe – and I always enjoy them. Deadpool here is a conflicted man, who wants so much to be seen as a good guy, but who doesn’t quite know how to go about it. He wants Spider-Man to help him, believing if he can get a ‘real’ hero to hang out with him, Spidey’s heroicness will rub off on him.

I really liked the storyline here, and of course the art is great. But here you see how Parker is trying to mimic his hero, Tony Stark. Parker is the head of a large company, and is trying to do what he can to help people through science, as well, but he’s struggling to act as CEO and spend time as Spider-Man. And he now has Deadpool to deal with.

Throughout, we – and Spider-Man – start to see another side to Deadpool, more than the merc with a mouth, and see how much DP really does care and want to do better. The relationship between the two is really interesting too, and comes across as natural, even when DP gets on Spidey’s nerves, and when DP tries to do something for the guy he wants as his best friend, only to see it backfire.

This graphic novel does a lot to deepen Deadpool’s character, and create an interesting relationship between the two characters. It makes sense to have them together, and their remarks and banter make this really enjoyable.

Generation X – Scott Lobdell [Graphic Novels]

generation xWhen it comes to graphic novels, I have a tendency to pick up random ones at cons or second-hand ones in bookshops, depending where I am. Often they’re related in some way to characters I already know in certain franchises, or there’s at least some link, something that draws me to them, if I don’t pick up something unseen for a bargain, anyway.

This was one of those random purchases, picked up thanks to a longstanding love of X-Men, ensuring if I spot any sort of X-Men graphic novel on the cheap, I won’t waste a second before I purchase it.

These characters are not the same X-Men fans of the cartoons or films will be familiar with. There’s no Jean Grey, Wolverine or even Professor X on these pages. However, Jubilee is a familiar face, and though I haven’t read the X-Men storyline leading up to Generation X, it was still easy to dip in and follow what’s happening.

This volume introduces the new characters fairly seamlessly, with their various arrivals to Xavier’s School, including one interrupted by a dark, dangerous presence at the airport. The gang, of course, tackle this threat head on, but it takes more than fighting spirit for their next adventure.

Although these are introductory comics, they work really well, keeping the plot and action moving forward as we get to know each character. Small tidbits are revealed, and it makes a great starting point for the series.

It’s a shame this iteration of the X-Men has been overlooked, as there are some interesting powers at play here and possibly rich characters who could have been more fully explored. If I come across the next volume in the series, I’ll definitely check it out, but as with many of these random graphic novels, it doesn’t seem that easy to come by, or to work out what actually is the next volume.

For me though, this was definitely a fun and interesting read, and it was enjoyable to read about different characters in this familiar setting.

 

Giveaway Time!

Disney Book GiveawayI promised before I would do a book giveaway if I hit 100 followers before my birthday, and somehow it actually happened! With over a week to spare, too.

So firstly, huge thank you to everyone who follows this blog. It really does mean a lot to me, and I just hope you get some enjoyment out of reading my various ramblings.

This giveaway is Disney themed because it’s where I’m going to celebrate my 30th birthday. I’m flying to France on 11/11, back on 14/11, so the giveaway ends 17/11 and that’s when winners will be drawn.

To enter, just make sure you’re following me on Twitter (@elleturpitt) and retweet (don’t QT) my pinned tweet. The giveaway is for a Disney or fairy tale retelling book of your choice, up to £15. It includes Star Wars and Marvel, and graphic novels as well as long as they’re below the price limit.

It is international as long as Book Depository ships to you.

Possible Giveaway For November

Disney Book Giveaway

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will be aware of this, but thought I’d mention it on the blog too, and look, you get a not-great graphic to go along with it!

So basically, I currently have 88 blog followers (love you all!). I am turning 30 on November 12th, at which point I will be in Disneyland, Paris and yes, I am very, very excited for the trip. Got my countdown at my desk in work AND my ears to wear in the park!

Where does the giveaway come into this, then?

Well, if I hit 100 followers before my birthday, I’m going to do a Disney themed book Twitter giveaway. It’ll be up to £15, international if Book Depository ships to you. And by Disney, I’m also including Star Wars and Marvel. Which yes, could mean graphic novels, too! And I’m also going to say the book can be a fairy tale retelling, so even if you’re not a Disney fan, there should be something for you, too. Though personally, I am a huge fan of the Twisted Tales series, and if you haven’t tried it yet, it comes highly recommended from me.

So spread the word – help me reach 100 followers in the next three weeks. As soon as I hit 100, I’ll post the giveaway. If that happens soon, I’ll pick the winners once I’ve returned from holiday, so the 15th November. If it doesn’t happen until early November, I’ll extend it a little.