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Reading a Comic, Inside a Comic, Trying to be Another Comic...

May 22, 2019

 

Back in early 2016 after Secret Wars had finished, Marvel relaunched and renumbered all of their books. At the time, I was starting to pick up comics in single issue form from my local comic book shop, previously only buying trades at the local Barnes and Noble. It was mostly Marvel books; Spider-Man, the X-Men, Deadpool, the Avengers, Wolverine and Ant-Man. There was one book though that grabbed my immediate attention, Spider-Man / Deadpool. The cover Image looked really cool, the idea seemed fun enough and Deadpool greats Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness were tapped to write and draw the book. What else could a Marvel fan ask for?


This book was one of my top favorites going into the All-New All-Different Marvel era. I looked forward to every issue until issue #18 when Kelly and McGuinness left. Frankly, I wasn’t looking forward to the next arc. The dream team wasn’t on the book anymore, and I needed to drop some books off my plate and this one was the likely candidate.


Boy was I wrong.

If Issue 50 was any indication of how the book was after I had stopped reading then damn did I miss one fine book.


Spider-Man/Deadpool #50 was fantastically weird, meta, and funny. With a plot about breaking the fourth wall so far that they go beyond it into the real world, fighting a Galactus-esque villain as the embodiment of the fourth wall, and bringing in homages of old comics to defeat the villain, this issue is jammed packed with meta-comics goodness. It’s a wonderful send off for a wonderful series with all the call backs, all the references to other writers and storylines, and the way the plot moved forward. Everything about the issue was great and I can’t believe I waited until it was over to pick this series back up.


Robbie Thompson does an amazing job, capturing both main characters perfectly and crafts a story both worthy to close out this saga and be entertaining on its own.

Can’t wait to see what he does next!


Jim Towe and Matt Horak do extraordinary work on art here. Between the splash pages and the cover homages, I can’t decide which of their work was better. The splash pages are amazing! Shout out to Brian Reber, the colorist for the issue. His colors are a perfect complement to the artwork in the series and without them, I don’t think this issue would be quite the same or quite as good.


Overall a fun read and a great ending to a great series. Now I have to go back and find the issues I missed!! If you’re like me and quit in the middle or didn’t jump on until it was too late, I’d suggest going back and picking up the series in trade or the back issues bins at your local comic shop.


 

Verdict: 8/10 Spider-Man and Deadpool Marvel Team-Ups

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