Gwenpool Strikes Back #2
Gwen makes another attempt to make her mark on the 616 universe. Her target: The Fantastic Four. Her objective: A scandalous cover moment. Her ally: Dysfunction Daddy, Papa Chaos himself: Deadpool.
The whole point of Gwen’s using her fourth-wall breaking powers to get her and Deadpool into the Fantastic Four’s basement is to get Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson something eye-catching to put on the cover, and they don’t disappoint. They catch all the emotions, from Sue’s outrage and Reeds confusion to Johnny’s smirk. The interior art by David Baldeon and colors by Aburtov does a similar job getting the nuance of emotion across, leading me to believe Gwen looking downright deranged at times is intentional.
Leah Williams provides an in your face humor that, for me, seems at times a bit much and off the mark, but leaves me feeling like that is the point (more on that later). These jokes range from surface jokes like Gwenpool sitting on the readers face and Mr. Fantastic wondering if trapping the two Pools inside of him is what it feels like to be pregnant to self-reflective addressing of Marvel’s never/barely aging characters and the inevitable writer trying to pair Deadpool and Gwenpool romantically.
Williams handles Deadpool the way I love to see him, equal parts chaos and heart, providing a voice of reason to Gwenpool’s plot but still pulling out his big guns when he realizes Gwen has been messing with his “special boy” (Spider-Man, last issue). Most importantly she writes the title character in way that makes me, a newbie to the world of Gwenpool, intrigued enough to consider grabbing some of her old series in trade.
All in all, GSB continues to be an odd title. It’s pop culture references (more in the first issue than this one) and humor constantly leaves me feeling that I’m neither young or hip enough to be the target audience (do people still use hip?) Fourth wall breaking comics are not usually my cup of tea and something I feel can very easily be overdone. Despite all this there’s something about Gwenpool Strike Back # 2 (Williams, Baldeon, Aburtov) has tone that reminds me of the memes and trashposting that is rampant on social media, straddling the line between humor/trolling and a kind of satirical commentary of culture. Or I could be thinking too hard and this is merely meant to be a “fun” comic that is not for me. I honestly can’t decide.
Gwenpool Strikes Back #2: Sex Sells?
Writing - 7.5/107.5/10
Storyline - 7/107/10
Art - 8/108/10
Color - 8/108/10
Cover Art - 8/108/10
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