Another batch of capsule reviews from the Comics Daily team, including Deadpool #4, Ex Machina #39 and Thunderbolts #126, the first issue by the new creative team of Andy Diggle and Roberto de la Torre.
Review: Deadpool #4
You know how sometimes you get so-called “comedy” that has the structure and appearance of jokes, without ever actually being funny? You can tell that it’s been put together as if it’s supposed to be funny, but it fails to do the crucial thing of actually making you laugh? This is what’s going on with Deadpool at the moment. In Daniel Way’s head, this book is probably a witty and self-referential Justice League International-esque riot of a series. In reality, all it is is a garbled and confusing mess that uses many of the tropes of previous, more successful runs on the character (although completely ignoring, in the shape of metatextuality, one of the best) but never for the comic effect for which they were originally intended. And when you’ve got Deadpool talking to himself in two completely different styles of caption box without including those pesky things known as jokes, it’s just annoying. And “annoying” is probably the best word to sum up a book that’s simply far, far more pleased with itself than it has any right to be. [SP]
Review: Ex Machina #39
It’s still hard to shake the feeling that Ex Machina is treading water a bit until the gears are properly set in motion for Mitch Hundred’s inevitable downfall (although there are steps in that direction in the closing pages), but it’s still a decent read. BKV never shies away from the tragic or saddening moments – there’s one here in a 9/11 flashback, but maybe that’s because I hate seeing bad things happen to dogs – but this story actually ends in a surprisingly straightforward manner, despite the promise of trouble that was, er, promised by, er, Trouble. I just find myself wondering if he hasn’t drifted from the point with a lot of the recent stories, and it’s a series that could really do with a bit more focus if it’s going to satisfyingly reach the obviously-planned conclusion. [SP]
Review: Thunderbolts #126
Andy Diggle begins his tenure as Thunderbolts writer in fine form, referencing the past while moving towards the future. Tentative steps are made towards dissembling the current team entirely, so even though it might be premature to suggest Diggle will keep the series on its toes, he’s certainly making a promising attempt at it with his first issue. Roberto De La Torre is the incoming penciller, and himself nails the book’s current tone as completely as Diggle, if not more so. Whether you like Osborn’s lunacy, the title’s complex inter-character relationships or the original focus on reforming villains, there’s plenty to enjoy for both old and new fans. [JHu]