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Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 Review

You need to buckle in for Gwenpool because this is a ride with some awesome whiplash.

Leah Williams
Price: $4.99

The often hilarious and totally nonsensical Gwenpool is back this week and she’s taking on all the heroes. In this third issue the concept of being canceled is brought up and Gwenpool must figure out how to rake in the cash.

So what’s it about?

Read the preview.

Why does this matter?

This series has been rife with ideas and creative bits of fourth-wall breaking humor and it’s not stopping anytime soon. David Baldeon and Leah Williams continue to surprise.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

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This issue opens with Gwenpool jumping into the gutters of the comic with Deadpool, scaring the artist David Baldeon, and delivering some truths via flowchart. It’s a wild first few pages that must have taken a lot of work but it pays off. Gwenpool continues to be erratic and out of this world bonkers while laying down Marvel truths. That includes some deft commentary on She-Hulk, Captain America, and sales in general. It all rounds out to the best comic about superhero comics there is and it does not disappoint. Even the cover gets a reference similar to the last issue as Williams continues to point out truths of the industry.

You’d think a story with a plot that could do anything and go anywhere at any time would be a bit pointless, but it’s in the commentary about comics where it really shines. A strong point is made about consequences even though Gwenpool can break lays of physics and by the end a reckoning is at hand.

Baldeon draws yet another great issue. His ability to capture emotion in the slightest of panels helps give Gwenpool an edge. That also goes for characters reacting with fear, shock, or awe of Gwenpool’s abilities. The lineup panels (see below) are a great bit of visual comedy with details that help sell the joke very well. Shout out to letterer Joe Caramagna who has a lot of work to do from letters being scratched out, giant letters filled with symbols being sliced through, and required font changes to punch up thoughts and captions.

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It can’t be perfect, can it?

The very last panel had me scratching my head. The angle might suggest Gwenpool is about to be attacked by a certain character…or it might mean she has a diamond of her own? And what are these diamonds? I might be out of the loop, but is it some gaming thing? I was left kind of flummoxed even though I can gather enough info to know where this goes from here.

Is it good?

You need to buckle in for Gwenpool because this is a ride with some awesome whiplash. Enjoy the jokes as they come in breaking down comics, characters, and your occasional cheap visual gag!

Gwenpool Strikes Back! #3
Is it good?
You need to buckle in for Gwenpool because this is a ride with some awesome whiplash. Enjoy the jokes as they come in breaking down comics, characters, and your occasional cheap visual gag!
Plenty of humor directed at Marvel and comics in general
The art has its comedy timing down perfectly
The very last panel confused me
9.5
Great
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