Friday, June 30, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Gwenpool Vols. 1 and 2

SERIES TITLE: The Unbelievable Gwenpool
Vol 1: Believe It (issues 0-4)
Vol. 2: Head of M.O.D.O.K. (issues 5-10)
AUTHOR: Christopher Hastings
STARTED: April 2016
GENRE: Superheroes, humor
PREMISE: A girl from our world gets dropped into the Marvel comics universe...
MY REVIEW: If you've looked around at fanfiction, you probably took one look at the above premise and went NOOOPE. Before you do, hear me out, actually works. Somehow Hastings found a way to take a popular fanfic trope and do it in a great way.
Part of it is, the comic does not take itself seriously at all. It's very much a humor type of comic like Squirrel-Girl and that goes a long way for me (I adore Squarrel-Girl, in fact, a review of vol. 4 is coming soon). Gwen is also just charming and it really helps that she doesn't get superpowers or anything. She's just a normal person who got dropped into this wacky universe and being a huge comic book nerd, knows all the heroes secrets. A lot of time this hinders her, more then it helps her (superheros do not like it when you know their identities).
Marvel, more books like this. Less events like Civil War II please.
WHO SHOULD READ: Marvel fans, Squirrel-Girl fans
MY RATING (for first two vols.): Four out of Five fangirls living the dream

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