Horror fans, you are in luck! You know how Deadpool’s captivated the country and broken allllll sorts of box office records with his new movie?? Well, it turns out the Merc with a Mouth is no stranger to the horror genre either. That’s right! Everyone’s favorite box office darlin’ the Sassin’ Assassin has starred in several solid horror comics too. SO, if you like your Deadpool served a la Ryan Reynolds (and who doesn’t?!) then head to the theatre this weekend (along with the rest of America). BUT, if you like your Deadpool filtered through the lens of a horror tale, then this amazing story needs to be included in your reading list. Before he was a big time movie star, Deadpool walked the world of horror. Just like on film, Deadpool delivers. And there’s a lot more to this story than you might expect. Continue reading “DEADPOOL (and horror and zombies and social critique)”→
Cullen Bunn and Ramon Rosanas, the author and illustrator on Marvel’s 2014 graphic novel Night Of The Living Deadpool, taught me two very important lessons with their book. First, I learned they know the genre. The whole book is filled with references, direct and subtle, to all manner of zombie dystopias from Night Of The Living Dead to The Walking Dead to I Am Legend to Zombieland. Second, and much more importantly, I learned if the zombie apocalypse ever does occur I think I want to go through it with Deadpool! Sorry Rick. Sorry Darrell. Sorry Glenn and Maggie (our zombie apocalypse version of Jim and Pam). Sorry Carol. I love you all. And you kick ass. But Deadpool’s the one I want getting me through the apocalypse because he’s the one joking about it the whole time. With Deadpool by your side you might even enjoy yourself. That’s the attitude you’d need! Who wants bleak and depressing reflections on humanity and death when you can own your last-man-on-earth status and walk through the apocalypse singing Tiffany??
In 1988, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland gave the world Batman: The Killing Joke, a graphic novel unique in both its depiction of depravity and the emotional toll it takes on the reader. At first glance, a Batman comic may seem an odd choice for an article on a horror blog. Yet, I’d argue no other piece of literature (comic book or otherwise) delves into the sadistic depths of darkness and evil quite like The Killing Joke. In all I’ve explored of the horror genre proper, there are few works that make me cringe like this and even fewer that leave me as disturbed. In The Killing Joke, the reader encounters an unflinching portrayal of evil. And you can’t remain unchanged after reading it.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has casually peered into the world of popular culture over the last few years but zombies are in. The success of AMC’s The Walking Dead – based on the hugely successful in-its-own-right comic series – has ushered in a new era of zombie fervor. We are in love with zombies and we want more of them. This has lead to some odd cross pollination of genres (the Star Wars novels Death Troopers and Red Harvest anyone? It’s literally Star Wars and zombies!! What?!?). Crazy unexpected combinations aside, many of these stories are not without merit or depth. And they do give us a weirdly different vision of horror. One of the more unexpected (and disturbing) entries into this horror sub-genre came in 2005 with Marvel Zombies. Continue reading “That MARVEL-ous Zombie Trend”→