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Batman V Superman: My Thoughts and Ponderances

A little less than 3 years ago, I walked out of the local IMAX theatre after watching Man of Steel. My brother and I were quickly engaged in friendly discussion over the merits of the film. If you listened to any number of our podcasts, you would already know: He hates Man of Steel, but I defend it. I don’t think it’s perfect by any means, but it isn’t a terrible movie. Batman V Superman came out yesterday, and I came out feeling very much the same way.

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How I Fell in Love With Deadpool…

It’s strange. I had planned to write an article where I detailed chronologically how I fell in love with one of my all-time favorite characters, Deadpool. It made sense. The guy has a freaking movie coming out. But as I tried to remember how I fell in love with the character, the pieces just wouldn’t fit together. I remember first reading about the character during the early issues of Agent X, a book I picked up simply for the art. That was back in 2002. I’m sure I saw mention of the character in Wizard magazine or in an X-book at some point in the 90s, but I wasn’t an avid comic book collector at that point.

So where did I fall in love with the character? There are so many points in the character’s history that I realized I was enamored with the comedy and complexity of the character that is Wade Wilson.

Agent X

Yes, {Spoilers} this title did not in fact feature Deadpool. Spinning out of his struggling initial series, the story of Agent X followed an amnesiac who was believed to be Deadpool at the time. As a teenager, I was initially drawn by UDON’s beautiful art on the book, but I became infatuated with the book when I saw the comedy that lied within as well. I was young and beginning to dive deep into collecting comic books. This was one of the first books I read with a sense of humor and I would come to learn that Gail Simone is a master when it comes to fun titles. Unfortunately, at that young age, I couldn’t afford to collect the entire series and learn the truth behind Agent X’s connection to Deadpool.

Cable and Deadpool

I find Cable to be a dreadfully boring character. So I kept my distance from this book for quite some time. But then, a little thing called Civil War happened. I don’t remember if it was me or my brother who made the decision to include this book in our pull list at the time, but it would eventually be Skottie Young’s covers on the tail end of the series that convinced me to keep picking these books up. That, and the ridiculous fun that I had reading this book. Yeah, I found Cable boring, but he was barely in the book and would eventually die leaving the series completely to Deadpool. And who better to give me my first true taste of Deadpool than one of his creators, Fabian Nicieza?

Deadpool Vol. 2

I’d gotten hooked. Cable and Deadpool came to an end and Deadpool was relaunched under the capable hands of Daniel Way. Deadpool had previously appeared in Daniel Way’s Wolverine: Origins, and Way continued to demonstrate an uncanny (heh) ability to have fun with the character. It wouldn’t be until issue #37 that I would finally get to understand the pathos behind Deadpool. Up until this point, Deadpool was a sort of parody/comedy character that just went on absurd adventures. Under Way, his adventures were still just as absurd, but he had a reason for doing what he did that wasn’t money or fame. He wasn’t simply a funny character; he was actually a very tragic character as well.

Uncanny X-Force

At about the same time that I started understanding Deadpool on a deeper level, Deadpool began to be featured in Uncanny X-Force. Simply put, I believe Rick Remender is a master of character-based storytelling. He doesn’t just write stories where cool shit happens; he writes stories where cool shit happens that deeply affects the characters in his books. Uncanny X-Force was a title that is one of my all-time favorite books for this reason. I found every character utilized in this series to be interesting and real. And to my surprise, Deadpool became the heart of that team. Enough to say, this was a series about a group of people who did bad things but did them for the right reasons.

Since Then…

I admittedly got a little fatigued as Marvel went into Deadpool overdrive with Deadpool Corps and a litany of other mini series featuring the Merc with the Mouth. I also spent a couple years not collecting comics. I gave Brian Posehn and Gerry Dugan’s relaunch a chance but didn’t quite recognize the character I’d embraced. I’ll probably go back and read it all later as I’ve heard some positive stuff. I’ve also read some of the Joe Kelly series, but want to go back and read straight through as I’ve only ever read bits here and there. I’m also thinking about giving the recent Uncanny Avengers a shot.

So what was the point of this? To share a little bit of why I love one of my favorite comic book characters. To give folks an idea of where or how they can jump on to reading Deadpool.

And what was the point of that intro if I ended up writing it out chronologically? I really don’t know.

Hope you enjoyed reading one Deadpool fans account of the evolution of his love for Deadpool. If you love Deadpool too, where did you start? Any suggestions for what to read and what to skip? Are you as excited by the movie as I am?

The Return of a Nerd

First thing’s first… I wanted to apologize to anyone who became a regular visitor to our site at any point. Unfortunately, life got in the way of our little passion project and posts eventually came to a screeching halt. I’m sorry.

Okay! Now, that’s out of the way. Personally, I will be coming back and posting to this site again. So why should you trust me? You shouldn’t. And while I did apologize for the sudden halt on content on this page, I’m not looking for approval. That’s the thing.

I stopped writing because I wasn’t writing what I wanted. I thought I was at the time. I was reporting on the nerd news of that day! But I’m no news man. I’d find something out from a “real” news site and then regurgitate those facts. What my posts were missing were my thoughts. Yeah, I put in my two cents about most things, but it was almost always an after thought. That’s why eventually it was primarily the podcast. Sure, we argued and complained, but it was what I honestly thought about the things that I love or love to hate.

So then why am I coming back to this? Well, because while I do have plenty of folks to chat with about all of this stuff, I still have this small part of me that wants to share these thoughts with the world. It’s the egotist in me, sure. But it’s also fun. And I’d love to have fun with anyone who’s willing to read and join in on the conversation.

So I’m back. I’ve told Danny and Natalia that I’m gonna start writing on here again. I don’t know if they have any desire to jump on here again, but they are most welcome to join in.

And now to end this off… Thank you to anyone who stumbles onto this site and enjoys themselves.

The Pull – Thought About Comics Week 2 2015

This week on The Pull, time runs out for an Avenger, Grayson takes on Midnighter once again, Dawn and Silver Surfer visit a world of lasts, the Rebellion continues after destroying the Death Star, and Carl makes a new friend in The Walking Dead. All of this and a few side thoughts on this week’s comics lie ahead. Spoilers ahead so click past the jump.

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The Pull – Thoughts About Comics Week 1 2015

This week on The Pull, Spider-Verse rages on, a new Marvel Cinematic Universe friendly Ant-Man series begins, Iron Fist takes a beautiful journey through hell, and Batman captures the Riddler. Read after the jump to get my thoughts on 2015’s first week of comics that caught my attention. Remember to comment and leave your own thoughts on this week’s comics or suggests books that I should be reading.

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Ricky Reviews: The Signal

The Signal came to my attention a few months ago when the original trailer premiered. It looked like a fairly solid sci-fi thriller with a cast of unknowns supported by veteran Laurence Fishburne. I was intrigued by some of the surprises within the trailer. Take a look at what piqued my interest back in April.

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Rafael Grampá’s Dark Noir

Rafael Grampá is a superbly talented artist who has done some work for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Go ahead and check out his Flickr to see some of his amazing work. He has a very unique style that definitely sets himself apart from most artists.

Recently, Grampá worked with Absolut and fans on Facebook to write a story about a private eye who sees ideas. He then teamed with Red Knuckles animation to transition his 2D concept into three-dimensional animation. The result? This beautiful short that creates a world and character I would love to see more of. Take a look for yourself.


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Recap Episode 106: F.Z.Z.T.

A pair of troop leaders tell their boy scouts a scary story. The older leader, Mr. Cross, claims to hear a humming and wanders to the dark woods to investigate. As the younger troop leader passes out snack, a cup begins to float beside him. Mr. Cross begins yelling in the forest. The younger leader leads the troop into their truck. In the distance, Mr. Cross continues to scream. A lightning bolt strikes the car ripping the car’s battery out of the hood. After silence spreads through the woods, the troop investigates. The troop discovers Mr. Cross dead… floating mid-air.AgentsofSHIELDLogoHIt the jump to continue reading but expect some spoilers. Read More…

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Recap Episode 104: Eye Spy

A mass of men in identical outfits and red masks enter a subway in Stockholm. A woman surveys the group and after closing her eyes, she follows. A group of the men board a train quickly followed by the woman. The train departs. The red-masked men notice the woman as she watches them. She closes her eyes and smashes a nearby panel. Unseen violence ensues. By the time the train arrives at the next station, the men are all unconscious save for one. His hand is severed, and the brief case attached is gone. And so is woman.AgentsofSHIELDLogoHIt the jump to continue reading but expect some spoilers. Read More…

Agents of SHIELD Recap Episode 103: 0-8-4

Big rig truck rolls down the highway. Trucker gives the all clear when a black unmarked SUV pulls alongside. The drivers acknowledge each other and the SUV takes point. Before long, the SUV flies off the road. The trucker panics and calls dispatch. This is an undercover SHIELD convoy. The trucker, Agent Mack, changes route and a secondary SUV moves up to take point. The second SUV is flung off the road moments before the big rig levitates in the air. Agent Mack cannot explain the attack when the big rig crashes to the ground. A team of soldiers board the truck to find Dr. Franklin Hall.AgentsofSHIELDLogoHIt the jump to continue reading but beware spoiler ahead. Read More…

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