Normally when I work mornings on a Wednesday, I try to write my first impressions post as well as a full review. Today I only picked up two comics, which means I’d usually write a full review for both. But today I’ve also got a hockey game to watch – the opening game for my favourite team. My dad and I kind of have a tradition of watching that game together. That and I plan on writing my Casino Royale blog post between now and then, so I can post it tomorrow afternoon. So instead, I’m just doing this first impressions post for today’s comics. This week, I picked up Deadool 5 and Star Wars 55.
Deadpool 5 is great. It’s a one-off issue where Deadpool has bet on a winner for some sort of senior walk-a-thon. The dialogue sets everything up pretty well, and there’s some good banter. Then an old Deadpool villain in a chicken mask shows up and somehow zombifies most of the senior walkers. The rest of the comic is Deadpool protecting the survivors, learning the motivation behind all the zombies, and a lot of bizarre humour that only works in this kind of comic. This is an entertaining Halloween special that pretty much spells it out in a way that will be familiar to anyone who’s seen the first Deadpool movie. I actually didn’t know this series was written by Scottie Young at first. After I learned that, I picked up the first three issues last month and 4 and 5 today. It’s been entertaining so far, but that’s normal for Young’s writing.
Star Wars 55 is great. It concludes the Empire’s ambush that nearly wiped out the Rebel Alliance, and just after they greatly expanded their forces too. Judging how the Millennium Falcon was badly damaged in the previous couple of issues, I’m pretty sure this issue takes place shortly before The Empire Strikes Back (which this series has been building up to since writer Kieron Gillen took over). This issue has a lot of action, several heroic moments, and a conclusion that shows the entire Alliance split up and on the run, yet with a sense of hope. Fans of the Star Wars franchise should check this series out – it’s been consistently good since Marvel took back the Star Wars comic licence.