Writer: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Danielo Beyruth(Prologue), Gurihiru(Main Story)
This is my biggest surprise comic of the year. It was an awesome, funny, light-hearted, meta book. When I first picked this up I had zero expectations. I mean look at the title, Gwenpool, most people will look at this and assume that it’s a cash-grab from the recent Deadpool/Spider-Gwen hype. And that’s exactly what it is, in the best way possible.
Gwenpool is a character that was introduced in the backups of the recent Howard the Duck series, which I admittedly have not read yet. So me knowing nothing about this character had zero problems following the story. The entire book relies on meta humor without feeling to forced or overbearing, she honestly might break the fourth wall more than Deadpool. The book is just fun and she’s a good character and the concept behind her is great.
The comic is split into two parts the prologue and the main story. In the prologue our main character narrates the events, we aren’t given too much backstory on her yet except that she is apparently from our universe. She actually acknowledges the fact that the story is lacking an origin story, because we have way too many of those. So since to her this is a fantasy world she lacks the empathy or ethics of a normal person. Her idea of being a hero is killing everybody, she knows that she can’t be put in jail and that she won’t die because she is the main character of the book.
The actual story of the book follows GP on her normal mercenary runs, it’s very Deadpool-ish but it’s a different enough type of humor that keeps it enjoyable. The ending helps identify the tone this series will go for and I can’t wait to pick up the next issue.
I love the reasoning behind her name, she realizes that she essentially runs on plot armor and toon logic. So she took the two most popular Marvel properties and combined them into a way so that editorial can’t kill her.
I am not familiar with Christopher Hastings other work but I am looking up more of this man’s work. He does a great job writing the issue, the humor is great, and so are the characters. He made me like a character that I surely thought I would hate. The story itself is lacking but I felt that this was the point of the issue, it was an introduction for the character not an overall plot.
The prologue and the main story had two different artist. Danielo Beyruth did the prologue and I thought that he did a great job, only problem is that he is overshadowed by Gurihiru. Gurihiru’s art was the perfect fit with this series, I hope that they can keep him for the rest of this run.
I know it’s a little pricey but you should absolutely give this book a chance. It’s a fun book with great art, pick this up. You’ll thank me later.