Deadpool Annual #1:
Summary: Picking up from this year's Amazing Spider-Man annual, Deadpool and his alternate dimensional friend, Death Wish, hang out and have a blast doing all sorts of crazy Deadpool-esque things. Naturally Deadpool figures Death Wish is the Wade Wilson of this dimension, but is shocked to learn that Death Wish WASN'T Wade Wilson, but was working for that world's Wade Wilson, who was basically his dimension's Dr. Doom, a bad piece of work called Death Mask. Death Mask kills Death Wish right in front of Pool since Death Wish had failed a mission he had been ordered to do, which leads to Deadpool swearing vengeance on his counterpart. Pool hunts down and kills several of Death Mask's henchmen(including Hydra Bob!) before confronting Death Mask in Wilson Tower, Death Mask's base of operations. Pool tosses a bomb at Death Mask, who figures he'd survive while Pool would die, not realizing that Pool was his alternate dimensional counterpart, and also had a healing factor. Pool wakes up first(since he was further away from the explosion) and changes clothes with Death Mask. Pool(now masquerading as Death Mask) then has Death Mask(now dressed as Deadpool) put on a boat and blown up. With Death Mask out of the way, Pool rechristens Wilson Tower Wilson Tower(HA!), before dismantling Death Mask's criminal empire and donating all of Death Mask's ill-begotten riches to a charity in Death Wish's name. By this point Spidey catches up to Pool and after a brief misunderstanding and fight, the two make up and share a VERY long and uncomfortable(for Spidey) hug. From there, Death Mask heads to Hell and begs Mephisto for assistance against his foe. Mephisto's solution? A crazed, horn-headed Hulk!
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one... Like a lot. Granted, my review for it was crap, but don't let that fool you, this was a great comic. I'm actually enjoying this entire storyline. It concludes in the Invincible Hulks Annual next month, and you can be SURE I'll be picking up a copy!
Score: 9 out of 10.Kiss him... Kiss him......
Uncanny X-Force #9:
Summary: Magneto sends Dr. Nemesis out to dig up some information on some old Nazi who used to torment Mags back when he was in the concentration camps. Upon receiving info that the old Nazi was still alive, as well as his whereabouts, Mags takes a drink and heads to X-Force's supposedly secret lair... I don't like the way this one's going... Needless to say, X-Force is surprised that Mags knew where they were/what they were up to, and Wolvie asks Mags point blank how he knew where they were, to which Mags simply responds, “Remember to whom you are speaking.” Wait, Mags isn't the telepath! Xavier is!! *sigh* Anyway, for some reason, Mags doesn't want to kill the old Nazi himself, so he asks Wolvie to do it for him. Naturally, Wolvie says yes, because this entire issue is taking place in Bizarro World. Wolvie packs a samurai sword(because he's apparently forgotten he has claws), and flies to Brazil, which is where all old Nazis end up. The old Nazi tells Wolvie that he lived a good life, had a family and kids, but always knew one of his victims would exact retribution on him eventually. Wolvie draws his sword, and the old Nazi warns Wolvie that one day Wolvie's victims would exact their revenge, at which point Wolvie kills the Nazi and leaves, (MERCIFULLY!)ending this one.
Thoughts: My god, where do I even begin with this one?!? I guess I'll start with Magneto, a man who has killed thousands. Magneto, who in this issue didn't want to kill somebody who he had a real grievance against. Not one of his imagined, “All humans hate me!” grievances, but a real one! I mean if EVER Mags should have went and murdered somebody, THIS was that moment! Okay, so if you're Magneto, you've found some Nazi who tormented you in your youth, but for some reason you don't want to kill him personally, what do you do? Why you turn to one of your oldest enemies of course! Moving past Magneto and his bizarre behavior, we find Wolverine, who actually TOPS Mags in the weird behavior department in this one! Why the HELL would Wolvie help Magneto EVER! This is the same man who nearly killed the X-Men a number of times, has killed countless innocents,
Score: 3 out of 10."Remember that whole ripping the Adamantium out of me and nearly killing me? Water under the bridge old friend!"