January 7, 2017

Review: Deadpool v Gambit, by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Danilo Beyruth, and Cris Peter


Title: Deadpool v Gambit

Author: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker

Illustrator: Danilo Beyruth

Colours: Cris Peter

No. of issues: 5

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Date of Publication: June 2016 (issue #1)

Number of Pages: 23 (each issue)



Summary

Gambit - one of the smoothest, best-looking operators in the world of the X-Men. Deadpool - one of the most annoying, ugliest dirtbags in the world of everything. Naturally, these guys got beef. But do you know what they have in common? A secret history of working together to pull con-jobs. That's right - the grift is on as the Regeneratin' Degenerate and the Ragin' Cajun begrudgingly take on one last job together. Writers Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and artist Danilo Beyruth (Gwenpool) lead us into the dirty underbelly of Deadpool and the squeaky-clean abs of Gambit!

Review

2016 was certainly the year that we've all been talking about Deadpool! With one of the best movies of the year, the mutant won over even the most reluctant of us, even the ones that don't usually read comics. On the other hand, Gambit doesn't get the love he deserves. I would so much love to see more of him, both in comic books and possibly his own movie (please make is happen!). So, when earlier this summer the series Deadpool v. Gambit hit the shelves, I was more than eager to read it.

For this series, Wade and Remy, aka Deadpool and Gambit, join forces in order to pull some con-jobs under the influence of Chalmers, an old guy that promises them a lot of riches. But while the two superheroes argue with each other, the gentleman double-crosses them. So, there is no other choice left for them but to put up with each other in order to retrieve what was stolen from them. In the meantime, Chalmers then surprises them by proposing another business to them just to save his hide. And...then the story is lost!

Another mutant enters the story, named the Scrambler, and moreover the true identity of Chalmers is revealed. To my great disappointment the old man is none other than Loki in disguise in yet another plan to take over Asgard. Everything felt rushed and over-complicated, while the end came out of nowhere without much explanation. I didn't even have the time to realize how quickly the crisis, that Loki's plan created, was resolved. And Scrambler's role was in the least confusing. He took away, more lickely scrambled, Deadpool's and Gambit's powers, but at the very end it was he who saved the day. And all of this while he didn't want to be involved with the other mutants. He had even created a normal family! Well, at least we got to see Gambit frustrated because he couldn't touch anyone, and especially a lady.

Apart from the resolution of the story, which was anti-climactic, I enjoyed this comic book very much. I mean, come on! We have the greatest troll alng the greatest womanizer after Casanova! It's as funny as you'd imagine, and as meta as you'd expect it to be. My favourite issue was definitely the first one, while my favourite cover came from the second one (the one you see right here ➡️). The first issue was the most suitable introduction to the series, although it might have created high expectations compared to what actually followed. It also featured the funniest scene of the whole Deadpool v Gambit, where the two superheroes pretend to be Spiderman and Daredevil.

Deadpool v Gambit is an enjoyable series. If you can get past the fact that the whole story is just one of Loki's plot then this comic will make you laugh. A lot! Moreover, I have to add that these two mutants have an excellent chemistry and they would make THE greatest heist movie. Of course, this would be without the presence of Loki. Wade and Remy have the potential to steal our hearts (pun intended).  

For the complete experience check out the Play(list) By the Book of Deadpool v Gambit.

2 comments:

  1. I love Deadpool, I love Gambit, how did I not know this was a thing?!?! XD

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    1. Then I'm sure you're going to love it! This was the reason I pick it up in the first place :)

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