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Q&D Reviews: Chaos War #4, Chaos War: Thor #2, Deadpool Max #3

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, December 20 2010 and posted in Reviews

Jude Terror takes a quick and dirty look at Chaos War #4, Chaos War: Thor #2, and Deadpool Max #3!

Two columns in one day! Not a bad start. Hopefully I can keep up the pace.

Welcome to another edition of Quick and Dirty Comic Reviews, the comics mini-review column that might just SAVE ROCK N' ROLL! In this edition, I look at some event comics, and the near liberal propaganda of David Lapham! Let's get started...

Quick and Dirty Comic Book Reviews: Chaos War #4

Chaos War #4

Written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente
Art by Khoi Pham, Thomas Palmer, and Sunny Gho
Cover by Dan Panosian
Published by Marvel Comics
December 15, 2010

I had really high hopes for this event, expecting something the likes of Infinity Gauntlet from the teasers leading up to it. Unfortunately, Chaos War has so far completely failed to live up the hype. A universe spanning event featuring pretty much every Marvel hero and villain ever really has a lot of potential for, at the very least, a Michael Bay-ish sort of popcorn awesomeness, but Chaos War just doesn't deliver on any level.

The failure of this event can in large part be attributed to the bizarre choice of pacing. The best way to describe is that it feels as if someone plotted out a book in 1985, with lots of things happening in each issue, and then scripted it 2010, in full decompression mode. As a result, the book somehow defies the laws of storytelling physics by moving way too fast and way too slow at the same time. Consider this: by this, the fourth of five issues, the Chaos King has already destroyed 98.76% of the entire multiverse, but all four issues together have taken me about twenty minutes to read. I don't expect a miracle by the final chapter, so chances are this will go down as one of the most disappointing events of the past decade.

The art here is unimpressive as well. While the story is full of pretty much nothing but "holy shit" moments, the art fails to convey that excitement properly, looking boring, unfinished, and at times illogical. At one point in this issue, Amadeus Cho looks like he's a fat old man, and Galactus appears at one point to have half of his torso embedded in the ground. On a personal nitpicky note, the cover features Thor and the Silver Surfer prominently, but neither appears in the book.

Epic fail. Too bad.

Quick and Dirty Comic Book Reviews: Chaos War: Thor #2

Chaos War: Thor #2

Written by J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Brian Ching, Rick Ketcham, and Rob Schwagger
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
Published by Marvel Comics
December 15, 2010

Where Chaos War itself has failed miserably, I've found myself thoroughly enjoying the supplementary books. Chaos War: Thor, at only two issues, tells a more complete and satisfying story than the nearly complete five issue main event miniseries has told so far. After battling Glory, an amalgamation of an entire pantheon of gods, Thor is torn apart and ends up on earth as Donald Blake, answering the call of a woman named Becca who is suffering a crisis of faith. Together, they work through their issues and defeat Glory together.

This issue flirts dangerously with shark-jumping religion and philosophy, but it walks the line nicely and delivers a far more intellectually satisfying experience than a throwaway event tie-in should. Like all of the Chaos War tie-ins, Chaos War: Thor seizes on an opportunity to tell short, self-contained stories starring well known characters free of the demands of a declining publishing industry struggling to squeeze every last dollar out of dwindling readership. Better than expected, and better than it probably deserved to be.

I highly recommend picking these up, especially if Marvel is smart enough to release them all in a nice hardcover.

Quick and Dirty Comic Book Reviews: Deadpool Max #3

Deadpool Max #3

Written by David Lapham
Art by Kyle Baker
Cover by Kyle Baker
Published by Marvel Comics
December 15, 2010
Tipper Gore Warning: EXPLICIT CONTENT!

It's no secret that Marvel publishes too many Deadpool books. I'm not sure when a character that could barely sustain sales co-starring with Cable in the fantastic Cable and Deadpool series crossed over into Wolverine or Batman levels of popularity, but that's where we're at today, and Marvel is not too proud to milk it for all it's worth. On the other hand, a Deadpool series written by David Lapham and illustrated by Kyle Baker is something not even the snobbiest of comic snobs could possibly resist. Being somewhere in-between a plebian Marvel zombie and an elitist snob myself, I was excited for this series and have enjoyed the first two issues.

Here in the third issue, we begin with an alternate retelling of history by an alternate Max universe version of Baron Zemo, a crazy right-wing white supremacist who lives on a militia compound and fancies himself a great white leader or hero on par with Adolf Hitler or Lee Harvey Oswald. Lapham lays it on thick for the beginning of this story. Yes, David. We get it. Nazis are bad. Racists are bad. I can't fully commit to saying that this story has its roots in a political desire to defame the conservative political movement by branding them as racists and terrorists by association, but I do feel a little bit of that here. Then again, I feel a little bit of that everywhere.

Luckily, before my obnoxious liberal meter reached the red zone, the story switches to Deadpool and his sidekick/handler Hydra Bob. Deadpool is portrayed as absurd by Lapham, but not silly and one-dimensional as he can be in his other fifteen titles. The relationship between Deadpool and Bob is fun. The dialog is witty. The action is gory and violent. Thankfully, this saves this issue from partisan political failure.

Deadpool Max is not your typical Marvel comic. It's more mature, you know, in that immature indie way. Lapham tackles a serious topic in this issue with an admirable amount of irreverence. Pick up this issue, a one-off story, as a good jumping on point for a series that will be a great read until poor sales and market glut send it to the publishing grave.

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