Marvel has been enjoying extreme success when it comes to any comic that they print with Deadpool and Spider-Gwen, you would think that this mash-up character would be a license to print money. But let’s take a closer look.
Gwen Pool has become the leader of M.O.D.O.K. (the organization, not the giant headed villain) and with her new job title has come the responsibility to find funding and clients to keep the Mercenary Organization Dedicated Only to Killing afloat. So as the rest of the team is tucked away in hiding Gwen is off to meet a mysterious benefactor who has been given them assignments.
It’s easy to come to the conclusion that this plucky, light hearted, young woman is a legend in her own mind. Her interactions with other characters are more witty banter than hard boiled, and it’s this lighter attitude that keeps the title from falling off into all the troupes that come with more adult takes on mercenaries (Like Punisher and Deadpool)
The book is off the wall. Within just the first ten pages you have aliens, ghosts, and one of the most original takes to financial backer I have ever seen in comics. This level of insanity blends well with the carefree attitude that Gwen has with the people she interacts with. She doesn’t take anything too seriously and it gives the reader permission to just have fun and enjoy the story.
So Gwen is dealing with the fallout of a previous fight with an alien race known as the Teuthidans, who are back to get revenge on her (problem is that they think all humans look the same) and then there is the matter of one of her teammates Cecil, who is a disembodied spirit, who is used for recon, but is dealing with the weight if his recent physical death, and of course I could not let this review go without mentioning that Batroc is on this team! Batroc the Leaper! I never thought I would read a book where someone actually made that character interesting, but here we are!
Then there is Vince, the mysterious benefactor for M.O.D.O.K. who might be the most original take in this whole comic. The reason he is funding a super mercenary group to take out super powered beings? He wants the world to go back to being bland and boring, the way it was before folks like Spider-Man and all the rest emerged. He just wants life to be normal again. The end. That’s it. No big hidden agenda, no aspirations of world domination, he just wants the world to be boring. Now that is an original take on the premise of a rich backer.
Final Thoughts- This outing of Gwenpool was scattershot. The art team and the writer have built a beautiful and fun comic, but you can tell that they are still trying to find their voice and direction as they go along. I think all the elements are there to make a great comic, the creative team just needs to put those pieces together. I guess we all will have to wait and see.
Final Grade: 3 Stars
Unbelievable Gwenpool #7
Story: Christopher Hastings
Letters/Production: VC’s Clayton Cowles