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[15-23/75] Cable & Deadpool Volumes 1-8

Wade Wilson and Nathan Summers - Marvel's mightiest mutant mercs - are back, and this time they're stuck with each other! Can two grown men armed to the teeth with deadly genetic weaponery live together without driving each other crazy?! Action, adventure, black humor, black-ops, face-changing viruses, gratuitous France-bashing and lots of gunfire mark the return of two of Marvel's fan-favorite anti-heroes!

With Cable recuperating on his island haven of Providence, who else can investigate when there is "A Murder in Paradise"? You know who. Say it. Go ahead. Picture it: Deadpool, as a detective, interrogating the most brilliant pacifists on Earth. Monk and Columbo have nothing to fear. Plus: Deadpool is brainwashed by the mysterious group known as the Black Box to become a mindless assassin (which, honestly, didn't take much washing). So Deadpool does what comes naturally to him - the opposite of what's expected! But hey, where's Cable? And what are Cannonball and Siryn doing in the book?

Deadpool finally gets hired for a job! There's a missing hard drive, and whoever gets it could very well own the world! Naturally, our Merc with a Mouth is going to find it first, right? Well...only if he can outwit that superspy known as the CAT, and slide by the undulating charms of three gorgeous and deadly snake chicks. That's right: Black Mamba, Asp and Diamondback are back in business as the B.A.D. Girls! And what's Cable doing during all of this? Well, keeping an eye on Deadpool, since whoever owns the hard drive could very well own the world!

Our greed for knowledge recreated his telepathy. Our quest to confine him recreated his telekinesis. He has forged a paradise haven that threatens to destabilize countless governments and religions. One man wants to find out what Cable's intentions are before it's too late. Guest-starring Captain America! Plus: Cable sees the signs - omens and portents - characters gathering, moving across the board like chess pieces...can Apocalypse be resurrected? Can Cable and Deadpool stop it in time? And most surprising of all...what if one of them doesn't want it to be stopped? And finally, Domino is hired to stop Deadpool's activities in the Central European country of Rumekistan, only to learn he plans to assassinate the country's imposed ruler, the international terrorist named Flag-Smasher. Should she stop him? Will her decision be influenced when she finds out DP was given his mission by...Cable?

With Civil War tearing the Marvel Universe apart, only one man can sew it back together: Deadpool! Well, who else would make the perfect mercenary hero-hunter? In an effort to do his part, Deadpool crosses paths with the Great Lakes Avengers, and slices and dices his way to Daredevil, the Man Without Fear! Plus: What happens when the Merc with a Mouth faces the Sightless Scarlet Sentry? And where does Cable stand in all this? Where he always does: pretending he's above the fray. Then why is he having a secret meeting with Captain America?
Since Deadpool is twice as much trouble as anyone in the Marvel Universe, the only logical people who could possibly rescue him and Bob, Agent of Hydra, from their temporal tantrum are...well, everyone! Guest appearances include Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange and more! Twice the guest stars! Twice the fun! But not twice the price! How can you say no?

Reaction Shot: The trouble with trying to do any sort of coherent reaction shot on this is that really, when I try to explain why I like this series I tend to just end up flailing my arms and babbling how it's REALLY REALLY AWESOME and THE GAYEST MARVEL THING I EVER READ and FLSDKJGHLJSDHGF and really that's hardly a good way to get people to read it.

Unless of course keysmash IS a good way to get people to read it, in which case you can ignore me now because really I'm just babbling and that's never a good thing.

The best way to describe Cable&Deadpool is the way thebaconfat described it when she was pimping it out - "EXPLOSIONS and [...] the EPIC LOVE STORY between an obnoxious superpowered mercenary with ADD and a self-righteous telepathic mutant with a Messiah complex (They fight crime! And also commit it)." I would like to add a few things to her excellent summary though - some of which might even make sense!

  • This is the sort of EPIC ROMANCE where the main parties meet up, exchange banter, one of them gets shot in the head - usually by the other one (You think I'm joking. YOU WILL SEE.), and then carry on like this is a perfectly normal occurence! Which, as it's a Marvel series, it is.
  • If you love your fourth wall, some parts of this comic are going to make you flail in wrath. Made me laugh though, which admittedly isn't that hard. *hugs the recap pages and admits this is mainly because Deadpool. IN A TUX.*
  • If anyone doubts my claims that this is the gayest Marvel comic ever: Deadpool's darkest desire. Spoilery, but worth it for the lolz.
  • Deadpool is described in every Recap page as "the merc with a mouth." THIS IS 1000% ACCURATE. HE NEVER SHUTS UP. I'm glad of this! Even if I'm kinda disturbed that his logic and trains of thought generally make sense to me. (Actually, most of his pop-culture references go right over my head though. Curse you American pop-culture!) I do like Deadpool, mainly because he's crazy.
  • ... Also, Deadpool is awesome. He is an obnoxious superpowered mercenary with ADD, too many weapons, and the scariest headspace I can imagine, and yet there's times where he really makes my heart hurt for him. I don't know how, but he manages it.
  • - no seriously, this whole comic series is fully capable of going from crack to SRS BSNS to something that will punch you in the heart - or the head - in one volume. I don't understand it, but I like it.
  • So I just realised I got this far without mentioning Cable once. That has to be a talent! Anyway, yes. Cable. I remember him from my crazy obssession with my brother's Marvel comics when I was younger and seriously, if he'd been this AWESOME and persuasive-even-though-you-know-he's-crazy I might have been a hell of a lot more interested in him. >_> He's just - manipulative, and always thinking five moves ahead, and even the people who don't like him or what he's doing fall in with him. And he always comes out of everything either okay or with a plan. It's - bizarre. Fun, but bizarre.
  • I am ABSOLUTELY GUTTED that the series ended with only 50 issues. I wanted SO MUCH to happen, and it didn't. And my original reaction was to be so disappointed with it, for reasons I'm not even going to go into because I can't spoil it. I just - in and of themselves, I loved the last few issues. As an ending - they feel anticlimatic, which isn't the word I want because dinosaurs aren't anticlimatic BUT YOU GET THE IDEA.
  • I am also pissed off that some of the MAJORLY IMPORTANT AND CLIMATIC BATTLES/SCENES/INCIDENTS are IN COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COMICS THAT I HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT. DEAR MARVEL: KISS MY BIG ENGLISH LACKING-ACCESS-TO-A-ZILLION-AND-ONE-COMICS ARSE. Rrr. It's not TOO bad, because it's generally explained pretty well, but for god's sake. When you go from BUILD-UP-BUILD-UP-DRAMA-DRAMA-DRAMA to THE AFTERMATH D: without anything in between - well, you can understand my wrath, right?
  • I love most of the minor recurring characters. Irene, Gareb, Weasel, Bob, Agency X, The Cat - seriously, I would hug all the minor characters in this. And maybe write dozens of dorky interactional fic. You think I'm joking I would so write Irene-and-Gareb for a quid. Some of the female characters (not that there are many, as I recall) make me think I can hear Girls Read Comics growling in fury but - if you can ignore gratuitous tits/"... she just got pwned by Cable WHY IS SHE MAKING THAT FACE owait" sort of issues (and really, that applies almost exclusively to the B.A.D Girls - I seem to recall the other issues being less like that. And yes, those of you who made the same face I did when I saw the name of that group, I DID say I could hear GRC growling.), then you can get through the worst C&D is going to throw you genderwise.

  • Tags: genre: action/adventure, genre: superheroes, publisher: marvel comics, verdict: awesome, verdict: gayer than advertised
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