Final Impressions: Deadpool (Video Game)

Deadpool 11 variantAdmittedly I was a bit cautiously optimistic about the Deadpool game when High Moon Studios first announced it. Don’t get me wrong, Deadpool is an awesome character and if anyone deserves their own video game, it’s him. I was just a bit worried that, well, initially that it was just going to be a cheap churned-out cash-grab piece of trash like so many other comic book video games in the past (*cough*Aquaman*cough*). But I was also nervous because I wasn’t sure if a somewhat grating, ultra-violent, borderline-psychotic, somewhat needy, completely batshit-insane, fourth-wall breaking character could do well as the main character in his own video game.

The first thing I want to point out is that this game is Rated M for Mature (17+) and there is certainly a reason for that, so before I get into the meat of the review, a refresher course on the character of Deadpool is probably in order since the nature of his personality has much to do with that rating as well as the mileage the player will get out of the game. For the sake of the game, here’s what you need to know:

Deadpool, real name Wade Wilson, was born in Canada and was a mercenary before being diagnosed with cancer. He was enrolled in the Weapon X program, the same program that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton, and was given Wolverine’s healing factor which keeps his cancer at bay and makes him virtually unkillable; it unfortunately had the side-effect of rendering his body hideously scarred due to the accelerated growth of his cancerous tumors, which is why he constantly wears a mask. Considered something of a failure, he was ejected from the Weapon X program and entered into the Hospice, a government facility where failed superhuman operatives were treated. It was also where patients secretly underwent sadistic experiments, with patients placing bets in a “deadpool” as to how long each patient would survive. Not exactly of sound mind to begin with, these experiments helped crack Wilson’s insanity even further, and during his near-death experiences during the experiments, he found his romantic kindred spirit in the cosmic entity Death, the female embodiment of the taker of souls, as the name implies. His affair with Death would also catch the attention of Thanos, who has something of an obsession with Death himself, and thus he made him immortal so that the two could never be together, thus eliminating Wade as a rival. Escaping the Hospice, Wilson took the name Deadpool and became a mercenary for hire.

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Favorite Comic Book Characters

After back to back serious blog topics, I think a little levity is in order. So this time around I have decided to tackle another top 10 type of list; this time the topic will be comic book characters.

I was very reluctant to do this list when I first started my blog because while I was peripherally familiar with many things comic related, I didn’t consider myself deeply involved with them or their universes enough to justify doing one. I still wouldn’t call my knowledge of comics anywhere near substantial, but I have started to expand my horizons over the past several years and have come to like and/or respect several characters enough to compile a list of favorites.

While not all of the characters on this list are big enough draws for me to pick up every book they’re featured in, the key component for all of them is that their presence helps in choosing to buy a comic, or at the very least I’d be willing to collect a pin-up print, figure, statue or original artwork of them if the price is right.

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Latest Obsession: The Irredeemable Ant-Man

Meet Eric O’Grady, a.k.a. The Irredeemable Ant-Man, the world’s most unlikeable super hero. Most super heroes, while flawed, tend to be brave, noble and selfless fighters for justice and the better good. Eric O’Grady is none of those things. He’s self-centered, perverted, cowardly and only acts with his own self-interest in mind. He’s what you might call a dirt bag.

And I absolutely love him for it.

The Eric O’Grady Ant-Man was created in 2006 by Robert Kirkman (of Walking Dead fame) and was featured in his own 12-issue series, The Irredeemable Ant-Man, with the “irredeemable” moniker naturally being a play off of the commonplace superlatives used, usually in a more positive fashion naturally, to describe Marvel’s superheroes, such as The Incredible Hulk or The Invincible Iron-Man or The Amazing Spider-Man. As expected from the name, he was intentionally created to be a change of pace from the rest of the super heroes. While most heroes’ powers come about organically or as a reward for their efforts, Eric O’Grady stole his.

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Deadpool Wears Red But That Doesn’t Make Him A Red Shirt

What with Avengers fever sweeping the nation, I thought that switching my attention to comics might be a good idea for this week’s blog post. Of course, I won’t actually be discussing anything Avengers-related in this post, but it’s the sentiment that counts, right? Instead what I’m going to discuss is the poor handling of the character Deadpool in Rick Remender’s ongoing Uncanny X-Force series.

Anyone who knows me well knows that Deadpool is one of my two favorite comic book characters (Gambit being the other), so naturally I tend to pick up any comic that he is featured in, with some depictions or story-lines being better than others based on the writer’s grasp of the character. Such is the nature of the comic book industry.

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