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It’s my biggest Marvel Disassembled week to date with not one, not two, but three reviews.

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Click the images above for my reviews of Thunderbolts #11, Indestructible Hulk #9 and Morbius: The Living Vampire #6!

But wait! There’s more! Check out my older reviews for these titles at the links below!

Thunderbolts #6                                Indestructible Hulk #5                             Morbius: TLV #3
Thunderbolts #7                                Indestructible Hulk #6                             Morbius: TLV #4
Thunderbolts #8                                Indestructible Hulk #7                             Morbius: TLV #5
Thunderbolts #9                                Indestructible Hulk #8
Thunderbolts #10

But what about the rest of this week’s Marvel releases? I’m glad you asked! Click HERE to find their reviews over at Marvel Disassembled.

Also, on a personal note, I’d just like to express my sadness that, due to lack of sales, Morbius was cancelled this week. We’ve got three more issues in the series to look forward to so hopefully Joe Keatinge and company will be able to bring the book to a fitting conclusion.

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Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils By: Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli / Inks By: John Dell, Steve McNiven & Sara Pichelli / Colours By: Justin Ponsor / Letters By: Cory Petit
Price: $3.99

Did Peter Quill just kick off a revolution within the Spartax Empire? Maybe. Whatever he just did, he seemed to have a good time doing it and I had a good time reading it.

This is just a fun book, it really is. That’s not something I can usually say when the main conflict of the story is based around the political machinations of space tyrant, but in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s absolutely true. How is it that this is the case? The answer to that is without question the characters, and more importantly the dynamics that exist between them. By the nature of their personalities Star-Lord and Iron Man (yes, if you didn’t know, Iron Man is on “vacation” with the Guardians these days) always have something smart or witty to say regardless of who they’re interacting with. Drax and Gamora share the warrior’s bond that comes with being two of the deadliest being in the galaxy. The best of them all though, is Rocket Racoon and Groot. Yes, the two characters that, from the outside looking in, should probably be the ones that put off older readers the most by simply so plainey ridiculous, may actually be the most enjoyable. They certainly seem to have the tightest connection of any two team members,  fact that is clearly evident despite, at least in this volume of the book, not being very deeply explored to this point. And for his part, Groot, who I knew next to nothing about when I started the series, has possibly become my favorite of the lot. There’s just something charming and endearing about him and his three word vocabulary. Speaking of which, the entire art team on this book needs to be commended for conveying different emotions for Groot despite him only ever saying “I am Groot.” Now, as regards to wha is actually happening in this particular issue and how all these interpersonal dynamics relate, that’s simple. The Guardians have been captured by Star-Lord’s father, the King of the Spartax Empire, and are being transported to his Capitol. Really, what better team-building, relationship-displaying, bonding situation is there for a group of characters then the need to escape, as a group, from confinement. And the Guardians definitely set about this task with a style all their own.

I cannot express enough how fun it is to see how well Brian Michael Bendis plays this group of characters off of each other. These interactions alone are worth the price of this book. That you get a fun, action-packed space drama on top of that is just icing on the cake.

Score: 8.0

It’s another double review week for me over at Marvel Disassembled!

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Click the images above for my reviews of Thunderbolts #10 and Red She-Hulk #66.

Just those not enough? You’re in luck! Check out my past reviews of these books below!

Thunderbolts #6                                             Red She-Hulk #63
Thunderbolts #7                                             Red She-Hulk #65
Thunderbolts #8
Thunderbolts #9

What’s that? Still not satisfied? Well then, you can go HERE and check out all the other reviews over at Marvel Disassembled.

After having last week off I return to Marvel Disassembled this week with not one, but two reviews!

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Click the images above for my reviews of Indestructible Hulk #8 and Morbius: The Living Vampire # 5.

A little behind? Want to catch up? Check out my past reviews of these titles below.

Indestructible Hulk #5                       Morbius: The Living Vampire # 3
Indestructible Hulk #6                       Morbius: The Living Vampire # 4
Indestructible Hulk #7

Not enough for you? Well then, go here to check out all the other Marvel Comics reviews over at Marvel Disassembled.

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Written By: Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Art By: Mike Hawthorne / Colours By: Val Staples / Letters By: Joe Sabino
Price: $2.99

It’s Deadpool and the Superior Spider-Man versus the Blandtastic Four, and Batroc the Leaper. Sound ridiculous? Of course it does, it’s a Deadpool book. Here’s the thing though, and I’m sure this says something about my sense of humor, but I believe this may have been the funniest and best issue of the current series to date.

So we all know that Deadpool is out of his mind and generally a goof. So what do you think happens when you give him a straight man in the form of Otto Octavius (in Peter Parker’s body of course) and a cast of what I will generously refer to as C-list villains? Well, jokes happen. A lot of jokes. This is Deadpool in all his comedic glory and basically exactly what I was expecting when I first heard that Brian Posehn would be penning this book. There are subtle nods, such as the ghost of Ben Franklin angrily leaving Deadpool’s side for the comfort of a strip club named Amazing Fantasy. There are puns, such as the aforementioned Blandtastic Four, used to refer to the assemblage of Taskmaster, Chance, Paste Pot Pete and Lady Stilt Man. Without question though, the highlight is definitely the interaction between Deadpool and Spider-Man as Deadpool mocks Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, particularly Doctor Octopus and then goes on to petition Spider-Man for membership in the Avengers. Alright, now that I’ve covered my personal highlights, there actually is a bit more going on here then just an onslaught of jokes. Everything I’ve mentioned to this point is revolving around the continuing story of the job Deadpool has taken on for the demon Vetis in an effort to save his friend Michael. The target for this issue is Daniel Gump, a businessman who sold his soul for pre-cognitive powers and is now venturing into a life of crime, which is what set Spider-Man’s sights on him setting up the issue’s featured team-up. Exactly what Deadpool’s plan for dealing with Vetis is has yet to become clear, but his recent moves have caused further tension between himself and Agent Preston, their interaction in this issue taking a backseat to that with Spider-Man, and caused the departure of Ben Franklin’s ghost I mentioned earlier. Clearly things are building to a confrontation between Deadpool and Vetis, most likely in an issue or two, for Michael’s soul and I have to say I’m looking forward to that more then ever after this issue. This book just seems to be getting better with each instalment.

I do have to say that the organ snatching plot was completely absent from this issue, but considering how much fun I had reading this issue I’m certainly willing to overlook that. Besides, I expect that particular story thread will make its way back to the forefront as the Vetis story draws to a close. If you’re into Deadpool as a character or Brian Posehn as a comedian at all folks, then pick this one up, you’ll have a good time with it.

Score: 9.0

I’ve had my week off and now I am back again with another review for the good people over at Marvel Disassembled.

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Click the image above to see what I have to say about Thunderbolts #9.

Need a little bit of catching up on the series? Check out my past Thunderbolts reviews below.

Thunderbolts #6
Thunderbolts #7
Thunderbolts #8

Interested in other Marvel titles, go here to check out the rest of the reviews for this week and beyond at Marvel Disassembled.

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Written By: Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Art By: Tony Moore / Colours By: Val Staples / Letters By: Joe Sabino
Price: $2.99

It’s Deadpool versus Aquaman! Well, ok, not really. But it is the next best thing. Ok, that’s not exactly true either, it is very entertaining though. It’s not the fun and games of Deadpool’s battles with the zombified versions of America’s presidents, but his current sparring match with the demon Vetis is proving that its alright for the character to be presented with some real emotional depth. Sounds crazy I know, but that’s Deadpool right?

Ok, let me catch you up here in case for some reason you haven’t been reading the current Deadpool series. The first six issues of the series revolved around Deadpool being contracted by Shield to deal with past United States presidents who had been raised from the dead by a necromancer named Michael. That arc matters here because it left Deadpool ith a few things that have carried over into the current arc. First of all, friends in the forms of the aforementioned necromancer and the ghost of Benjamin Franklin. And alo in the form of Agent Preston of Shield, his handler for the previous arc, who was killed, but whose soul now resdes in Deadpool’s body, providing him with a very real voice in his head to act as his conscience. And that is the really important thing here. As entertaining as Deadpool talking to himself can be, having the other side of those conversations be a completely different character distinct from Deadpool makes them that much better, while still fitting into his character as he still comes o as talking to himself. This issue, only the second since we’ve really started dealing with this new dynamic, sees Agent Preston delving deeper into Deadpool’s mind and hints at a darker place the deeper you go, a place even all the representations of Deadpool that inhabit his mind alongside Agent Preston dare not go. This issue also presents us with a darker Deadpool then we’ve seen in the current run as he appears to crumble underneath the combined stresses of not getting paid by Shield, having Agent Preston trapped in his head, and having Vetis threatening to kill him. So, yeah, Deadpool with emotional depth, it actually works.

Now, I opened here bringing up Aquaman, and while that’s not entirely accurate, what we do get is essentially an Aquaman proxy and an excuse for Deadpool to make veiled Aquaman jokes, even going so far as to bring up riding seahorses. It’s nothing all that original in the realm of mocking Aquaman, but it all fits nicely into a Deadpool story. So, how does this work exactly? The present arc focuses on Deadpool paying off a debt to the Demon Vetis by eliminating people Vetis has made deals with so that he can now claim their souls. And the soul du jour, is the previously mentioned Auaman proxy. The one disappointment I have with this issue is the absence of a thread introduced last issue where certain individuals are apparently harvesting Deadpool’s regenerating organs without his knowledge. It’s a very intriguing idea that I’m interested in seeing develop in future issues. So, overall, maybe not the best issue of the current run, but definitely a strong outing and very enjoyable. It definitely left me looking forward to the next issue.

Score: 8.0