The Merc with a Mouth vs The Jerk with That Jaw

by - 3:00 PM


Sadly the title of my blog post wasn't catchy enough to become the actual title of the comic book I'm obsessing over this time. Instead, they simply called it 'Deadpool vs Thanos'. Simple, yet effective. The plot isn't that simple though. Neither is the art. But let me start at the beginning. I'm going to try and explain you the plot. It's not as easy as it sounds.

The nice thing about Deadpool vs Thanos is that it's a stand-alone story with a start and an end. You don't need to know every little detail about the characters and that's a good thing, because you'll need every bit of brain capacity to keep up with the plot. You see, the physical manifestation of Death has been kidnapped, so nothing in any universe can die. Sounds great if you've ever lost someone, but it has its downsides too. That pepperoni pizza you love so much? Not an option anymore, because you can't produce pepperoni if the meat won't stay dead. For those of you who prefer a more serious example: if your planet explodes you'll be in total agony flying through space, not being able to die and escape that ish.
Back to the plot: this physical manifestation of Death is in a relationship with Deadpool, but Thanos loves her too and so it's love triangle all the way. Easy, right? Now comes to more complicated part: after Thanos blaming Deadpool for Death's disappearance and discovering he's not to blame, they decide to go searching for her together by Thanos repeatedly beating Deadpool nearly to death, a state in which he can communicate with Death. Then they go on a search all throughout the galaxy, meet Ajax, the Guardians of the Galaxy, weirdos from a death cult and I think this already counts as a spoiler... Let me just say it's their goal to free Death and they beat up everyone and everything along the way.


I have to admit that the first two times I read this comic book I was too distracted by the art to pay attention to all the ins and outs of the plot. I have very mixed feelings about the art though. I'm not extremely impressed, but it speaks to me. I like it. Quite a lot. It's very graphic though and something it's even difficult to discern different panels due to the graphicness of certain scenes. Hats off for those details though.


Once I'd started rereading Deadpool vs Thanos I also started appreciating it more and more. The story that is. Like I said, you don't need a whole lot of background. Just take things as they come. Enjoy the ride. And believe me when I say you will enjoy the ride. The writing on this one is great. Dialogue on point, but most important of all: perfect jokes. As always, Deadpool is pretty much aware of being a comic book hero and that gives awesome opportunities to make fun of some comic book tropes and other characters.

After all I'm pretty proud of myself for picking this one as my introduction to the Marvel Universe. You see, Deadpool vs Thanos will always have a special place inside my heart. It was the first comic book I bought at my local comic book store without being ashamed of my geekiness. I read it at college, surrounded by classmates who threw me weird looks whenever I giggled over the chicken man, excuse me, Black Talon. And when I reached the extra pages, with all the variant covers and extra art work, I knew I'd taken the right decision by buying this comic book.


So in case you want to get into the Marvel Universe, this is a good place to start. The art is solid, you'll get the Marvel humor you probably already know from the movies and Deadpool is just one of the best characters ever. Don't worry about cliffhangers or backgrounds, this story has a clear start and end. Do pick it up. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

x Envy

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  1. Deadpool art of war - try this too :P

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    1. If they have it at the comic book store. I'm actually doing the Deadpool series that started in 2013 I think. A recent one anyway. I have a plan. More or less. Not really :P

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  2. I will admit that I'm not a fan of comics, but this post was nice and succinct. Good job!

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    1. Thank you! Maybe I'll manage to convert you into a comic book fan one day, I still have hope.

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  3. Oh my God, I absolutely LOVE Marvel! I've never actually read the comics, (I'm very invested in the films and TV series though!), but this sounds like an amazing read! I know a little that Thanos is driven by his love for Death, which is so dark but fascinating! And who doesn't love Deadpool? His potty mouth is hilarious! I'm so glad I came across this- I love finding other gals who love Marvel!
    Bisous, Faz
    www.livinglikeaparisienne.com

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    1. Half of my blog is Marvel these days, so you've come to the right place ;)
      The comics are really worth it if the wait for a new movie gets too long or difficult, especially the Deadpool ones.

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  4. I wish I knew more about comic books and could leave a more articulate comment! I really do admire the art of pieces like this, especially the left hand side page in your last photo, I'd actually have that hung up framed on my wall haha! It's great to hear that this is so suitable for complete newbies and novices like myself, I'm actually really tempted to read it myself! Thanks so much for sharing, I love how your blog is so different and a real reflection of you!

    Abbey 🐣 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. You'd love the extra pages that I didn't show in this post. The one you mentioned is the best, but the other ones are also so beautiful that I have to resist the urge to take them out of the book and frame them all. Maybe I should do something like that one day, make my own comic gallery. Without taking comic books apart of course.

      I try to pick comic books that are suitable for newbies, mostly because I'm still a newbie myself. It can be so difficult to understand what's actually going on when you're dropped in the middle of a stroyline that's been going on since 2010 in the best cases.

      And thank you so much, that really means the world to me!

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  5. Honestly? Thanos is actually one of my favourite characters. If you're into characters that are villains for twisted reasons that are kind of interesting, look no further about Thanos. Not to mention his intelligence and strategical mind is a joy to witness when you can and I live for him. Not gonna lie.

    I haven't read Deadpool vs. Thanos yet despite having heard so many good things about it. The art is a bit off-putting so I'm holding off on reading it but the plot line is everything.

    ♡ mchi | http://blog.mchiouji.me ☆彡

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    1. How haven't you read Deadpool vs Thanos yet? D:
      I have to say that after reading your comment I realized that Thanos didn't get the attention he deserved in this comic. He's a very interesting villain, but every time we get into his motives and thoughts, Deadpool comes along to steal the spotlight with a dirty joke. That's fun as always, but also a bit of a shame since Thanos is so much more than most people (including me until now) realize. I'm glad you wrote about this, it opened my eyes to a part of the comic I'd kinda overlooked!

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  6. Great post! I'd love to get into comic books but with so many being longstanding series it feels daunting to even try - I might have to give this a go though!

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    1. Thanks! I know how you feel, I felt the exact same when I started reading comic books. That's one reason why I picked Deadpool vs Thanos. The new Miss Marvel is also a great place to start, since her series was launched only a couple of years ago and you don't need any backstory at all since she's an all new hero :)

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  7. I've never read a Deadpool comic, but you really hooked me with the first paragraph of your review! Now I want to read this one -- the premise is so interesting and I think it might be a bit cathartic for me right now. I'm also a huge fan of lampshade-hanging and works that sort of wink and nod at the audience, so it sounds like the humor here is PERFECT!

    <3!
    Emily

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    1. Your comment's made me so happy! I hope you get a chance to read this comic, it might not be the very best one in terms of art but the story is really good and yes, the humor is perfect!

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