I can’t connect with most cosmic superhero comics. To me, the word “cosmic” is shorthand for visual bombast, overly-complex politics, and extended metaphors that writers and artists rely on in place of crafting compelling characters. That’s why, even with current-best-Marvel-writer Al Ewing attached, I wasn’t sure I was going to love the most recent volume of Guardians of the Galaxy.
However, Guardians 2020 is clever, touching, and most definitely a character piece – while still delivering the bombast and spectacle that cosmic comic fans desire.
Avengers: No Surrender is never going to be a Marvel movie. It’s embedded with far too much Marvel Comics minutiae to ever hit the big screen. It’s too sprawling; its cast of forty-some heroes and villains is too big.
But all that is what makes No Surrender the perfect Avengers COMIC story. And I’d argue that if you loved Infinity War, and you want to spend some of your pre-Endgame time seeing what Avengers comics are all about, that No Surrender is the book for you.
Y’all might already know I love games. So when Marvel announced that Al Ewing, one of their best and most inventive writers, was concocting a five-issue “comic-as-an-RPG” adventure, I was immediately sold.
Ewing and co.’s You Are Deadpoolallows YOU to control the titular Merc with a Mouth, navigating multiple branching pathways that weave between issues and decades and eventually result in … no, I won’t spoil it now. Instead, I’m going to show you exactly how fun (and goshdarn hard) the game Ewing and his collaborators created is.
That’s right, reader: WE ARE DEADPOOL! It’s an Actual Play for comic books, a Twitch stream for the printed page. If you’re wary of spoilers, turn back now! Otherwise our story starts, as most do, at the beginning …