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The Female Perspective: The Women of “Deadpool”

Welcome! This is a weekly blog* by Author J.L. Metcalf where I discuss anything and everything that strikes my fancy. If you have ideas on what you think I should write about, please send me an email via my website!

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*All views expressed in “The Female Perspective” are those of J.L. Metcalf, not Great Stories, Inc.


First off, yes, there will probably be a few spoilers so if you’d prefer not to know anything about Deadpool, I’d recommend not reading any further!

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I got to see Deadpool last Friday and I have to say, it did not disappoint me. I knew virtually nothing about the character except what I saw in the Wolverine movie a couple years ago. At that point Wade Wilson/Deadpool was played by Ryan Reynolds, but they changed the character quite a bit since then.

For one, his mouth isn’t sewn shut and thank God for that! Without the trademark snark, this movie would not have been nearly as much fun, but I get ahead of myself. Let’s begin at the beginning shall we?

You know a movie is going to be something special (good or bad) when it starts off in slow-motion and with “Angel In The Morning” playing while people are being tossed around, shot and more. Not to mention, we see a few tell-tale swipes at previous Reynolds characters like his forgettable Green Lantern and a cover of People magazine with a smiling Reynolds on the front.

I’m already happy.

Much like with Guardians of the Galaxy you realize you are seeing a movie that’s not afraid to make fun of itself. That you’re seeing a movie that’s not afraid to have some fun and that is sorely missing from the wider selection of films these days. I’m not saying every movie should mock itself and it’s universe openly, but it’s refreshing when it does happen.

Much has been made of the R-rating for Deadpool and it’s well earned. From the carnage to the language and nudity, this is not a movie for kids under the age of 16 or 17. Parents who take their kids to this and are then peeved that it’s totally inappropriate are asking for mockery, plain and simple.  I personally, as an adult (mostly) thought it was fantastic to see a superhero movie that pulls no punches and goes for the gross joke without shame. I enjoyed it in Kick-Ass and I enjoy it here.

Women? There’s WOMEN In This? Awesome.

This isn’t really a movie review though, I liked the movie and enjoyed Reynolds as Wade Wilson, I can’t wait to see him as Wilson/Deadpool again, but what I really want to talk about is how kick ass the women are in this movie. Seriously. The women hero’s are fantastic and it honestly surprised me. I know there isn’t a lack of strong female characters out there (obviously Black Widow/Agent Carter/Wonder Woman are all prime examples) but having no expectations of what kind of characters I would get from this movie, I can say that I honestly didn’t expect two such fun female hero’s.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Deadpool have a chat.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Deadpool have a chat.

First off is Negasonic Teenage Warhead, she’s a grumpy teenager (duh) and she doesn’t talk much but when she gets to work, she is no one to be trifled with, turning into a fire ball that … Well I won’t ruin it for you, sufficed it to say, she kicks butt without any apologies and I hope to see more of her in future films. Even a grumpy teenager has a place in the superhero world.

My hands-down favorite though was Angel Dust, Ajax’s number one henchman. I don’t think she utters more than 10 words the entire film but she packs a huge punch. She goes toe-to-toe with Colossus and it’s dang impressive. Played by Gina Carano, who is an MMA fighter, we are given a woman who is not afraid to fight, who is not teeny-tiny and who packs a mean punch. I absolutely loved that she was right there with Ajax and her fight with Colossus is just as important as Deadpool’s battle with Ajax at the end of the film. Not to mention, she is carried off by Colossus so there’s hope we’ll see her again in the near future, whether in an X-Men movie or another Deadpool film.

Angel Dust.
Angel Dust.

As a woman it is wonderful to be able to see women being treated (on film at least) as equals in these high-profile films. Maybe not everyone will remember Angel Dust like I do but the fact is, the more we see these strong female characters, the more mainstream they will become and the more likely we will be to see some kind of equality between men and women in the film industry, on screen and beyond.

Why Women Matter

So why do I bother to write a blog topic about the few female characters in Deadpool? Because they matter. Why do they matter? Because it wasn’t that long ago that the women were shuffled off to the side, to be ignored but because someone somewhere has realized that guess what? Women do go to see these movies. Women do go to conventions and women do buy comic books! Making some of the important characters women means that some of your biggest fans (and yes, have no doubt, women make up a huge part of the comic con/movie/books audience these days) will have a character (or two) to identify with, cosplay and therefore, buy more merchandise. It’s smart marketing and it’s smart film making.

In the end, it’s moments like this along with putting a size 16 women on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition or a woman running for president that mean that equality is coming, even if it’s coming slowly.

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What did you think of Deadpool? Who was YOUR favorite character? Tell me!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 01/11/2015

The Top of the Pile: Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Eastman variant)

 

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Publisher: DC/IDW

Words: James Tynion IV

Art: Freddie Williams II

Trapped in a world where they can scarcely tell friend from foe, the Turtles’ first encounter with the Dark Knight puts their fighting skills to the ultimate test. And while Batman and scientist Lucius Fox search for any clue as to where these strange ninjas come from, Shredder strikes a deal with The Penguin!

The first issue of this unconventional crossover felt very natural. Using Killer Croc to segue into a universe shared by both series was brilliant. I was surprised by how well the distinct styles of the two worlds meshed together. I can’t wait to see more and especially look forward to when Batman gets a load of Krang. Bats has seen some strange stuff in Gotham, but a brain being from another dimension…  Love Eastman’s swipe of his iconic TMNT #1 cover.

 

The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #9

 

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Publisher: Marvel

Words: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Esad Ribic

Prepare for GENESIS and witness the birth of All-New, All-Different Marvel.

In reality it is three months after Genesis and we are finally finding out how the current Marvel Universe came to be. There will be answers and hopefully some will be enriching, but since Marvel rebooted in October the secrets of Secret Wars have lost a lot of their intrigue.  The series has actually been amazingly good, but it was disappointing not knowing the conclusion before Marvel rebooted.

 

The Indie One: Walking Dead #150 (Moore variant)

 

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Publisher: Image

Words: Robert Kirkman

Art: Charlie Adlard

In our 150th issue, Rick Grimes finds himself… BETRAYED.

Issue 100 was a huge milestone issue for the series and it was marked by the brutal murder of a major character. What will #150 bring? With the way things have been shaking out for Rick’s crew, probably someone important is dying. There are a handful of covers coming out with #150 and they are all pretty awesome. The Tony Moore swipe of Walking Dead #1 is going to be popular, but the jewel will be the black and white, regular cover. Not a ratio incentive variant, every comic book shop will be sent one copy and only one copy of the retailer appreciation variant. Already pre-selling for more than $200, the black and white variant is going to be a ghost on Wednesday.

 

The #1 One: Legend of Wonder Woman #1

 

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Publisher: DC

Words and Art: Renae De Liz

In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future-and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

This series has already been released digitally and it is a gorgeous, modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin story. One of the best things that DC has done with Wonder Woman’s character is allowing women to write her. The most talented female writers in comics have graced the pages of Wonder Woman, which shows how much faith DC has in newcomer De Liz, an artist to keep an eye on.

 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: All New Wolverine #4 (Sook variant)

 

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Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Tom Taylor

Art: David Lopez

THE DOCTOR IS IN! Things get truly STRANGE when Wolverine turns to the Sorcerer Supreme in the next mystical chapter of the mystery of the three sisters. But will the supernatural efforts of Stephen Strange combined with the raw power of THE WOLVERINE be enough to combat the evils of Alchemax? Parental Advisory

Best Wolverina cover yet. A lot of people are making the case that Ryan Sook’s covers are on the same level as Adam Hughes. I think a more accurate comparison is with Dodson, but there’s no denying that the guy’s got serious talent.

 

The Speculation One: Silk #3

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Publisher: Marvel

Words: Robbie Thompson

Art: Stacey Lee

SPIDER-MAN VS. SILK! GOBLIN KING VS. SILK!!! ALL IN ONE ISSUE?! 

Looks like Silk’s got her hands full this week. I know I say it every month, but I am loving this series. In issue two we were briefly introduced to a mysterious, goblin looking dude with sweet phasing abilities. Is he an ally? Who is he working for? And how does he know Silk’s secret identity?  Will we get a full introduction this week? The 1:25 Campbell variant cover is already creeping up to triple digits on the Bay and should be on your radar on Wednesday.

 

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week 11/11/2015

Hey there comic book fans, good to have you back for another piece off the Crank File. How many of you out there went to the Rhode Island Comic Con last weekend? After last year’s debacle I still wasn’t ready to make the drive down, so instead I spent my Sunday over at a small convention being held at a local elks lodge. I was able to snag some really nice books at a bargain, including a Harbinger #1, and first appearances of Gamora and the Winter Soldier. But the word from people who went to RICC on Saturday was that the event organizers did a much better job managing the nerd herd this year. Attendance was high as expected, but crowd density was kept under control by spreading the event out across two convention halls and implementing scan badges. The only real complaints I heard were about $40 parking and Carrie Fisher being a later scratch due to illness. Fisher promised that she would return next year, and you know what? You just might see me there next year as well.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

 

The Top of the Pile: All-New All-Different Avengers #1 Marvel

 

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Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Adam Kubert

The Avengers are dead–long live the Avengers! Earth’s Mightiest Heroes–Captain America, Thor, Vision, and Iron Man–are living separate lives, not tied to any team–but when a threat from beyond the stars targets our world, fate draws them together once more, alongside Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales a.k.a. Spider-Man!

My two favorite new Marvel heroes, Miles Morales and Kamala Khan are leading a new team of earth’s mightiest heroes. Written by the indispensable Mark Waid, the only hard part about picking up this issue is choosing between the Ross regular cover and the hip-hop variant.

 

The Mainstream One: Secret Wars #7 Marvel

 

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Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Esad Ribic

THE GREATEST SACRIFICE!

Don’t get me wrong, the constant delays with the main Secret Wars story are completely inexcusable. It’s the second week of November, Marvel’s all-new, all-different universe has been in existence for a solid month now and we STILL have no idea how we got here. All of this would make it easy to disregard Secret Wars and just move on, since apparently it doesn’t matter in the new Marvel universe anyways, but the quality of storytelling has been so high that I feel compelled see it through to the end regardless. Just please try to wrap it up before 2016 Marvel.

 

The Indie One: Airboy #4 Image

 

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Writer: James Robinson
Art: Greg Hinkle

Is this a dream, reality, or somewhere in between? All James Robinson and Greg Hinkle know is that now that they’re in Airboy’s world and not the bars of San Francisco, they have to put down the bottle, put away the drugs, zip up their flies-and actually act like heroes. Except they don’t know how to be heroes. And if they die, will they just wake up…or really perish?

The booze and drug fueled adventure reaches its explosive conclusion in the final issue of what has been one of my favorite mini-series this year. Definitely not one for the kids, Airboy is a bombastic blend of humor, vulgarity and existential insight. Led by the pure hearted Airboy, our heroes have traveled back in time to fight history’s evils and to battle their own inner demons. A metaphysical masterpiece, I cannot wait to see how it all ends on Wednesday.

 

The #1 One: The Goddamned #1 Image

 

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Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: R.M. Guera

‘And the earth was filled with violence.’ Genesis 6:11. It’s 1655 years after Eden, and life on Earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and stone-age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruction are the rule of the day. Humankind is a failed experiment. This is life before the Flood. The story of man on the verge of his first apocalypse. Welcome to the world of THE GODDAMNED.

The creators of the seminal crime series Scalped, reunite for a new ongoing series of stark and brutal biblical noir, and it sounds like an absolute winner. This one’s easy to jump on board with a special over-sized debut issue featuring thirty pages of story for only $3.99.

 

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: All-New All-Different Wolverine #1 Marvel (Marquez Variant)

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Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: David Lopez

X-23 was created to be a weapon and for a time, that’s all she was. But with the help of her mentor, Logan-the original Wolverine-she escaped that dark past. Tragically, Logan has fallen, but Laura will continue in his footsteps as a hero. Recent events have her doing everything in her power to keep those around her alive, as violent forces are hell-bent on mutual destruction. If anyone can stop them, it’s Laura. She is the best there is at what she does. She is THE ALL-NEW WOLVERINE.

I’m not completely sold on Laura Kinney taking up the mantle of her father/clone yet and I’m skeptical about how Ms. Wolverine will be received by fans. I think most Wolverine fans will gravitate towards Old Man Logan, but this cover is just too good to pass on. The Marquez variant is a beautiful homage to the original Wolverine’s first appearance at the end of The Incredible Hulk #180. Nuff said.

 

Last Week’s Leftovers: Klaus #1 Boom

 

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Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Dan Mora

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism-taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus-Klaus is a ‘Santa Claus: Year One.’

I loved that description, “A Santa Claus Year One”. Morrison is the master of deconstructing classic characters and stories and then re-imagining them in a new light. It’s Santa, and Santa’s a bad ass. Klaus #1 was all sorts of awesome. It was violent, trippy and weird, par for the course on a Morrison title, but it was comprehensibly weird. With Christmas just around the corner, you can start getting into the spirit with the first issue of this 6 part mini-series from Boom studios.

 

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Comic Pick of the Week (October 15, 2014)

Great Stories selects…..

Death of Wolverine #4 (Marvel)

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Charles Soule and Steve McNiven have been tasked with bringing to an end the run of the most iconic of X-Men we know.  Wolverine’s healing power has been taken away and it just goes to show that all good things must come to an end eventually.  Logan has made many enemies over the last century of life and his number has come up.  If you have not been following this mini-series, it is not too late to go back and find those back-issues and get yourself caught up on the biggest X-Men event in many years.

The week is not without other fine releases.  The much beloved Manifest Destiny got its latest installment, as well as Greg Rucka’s rhodent-inspired yarn, Veil.  These have to be considered the undercard to Marvel’s main event, however.

Great Stories are everywhere!

-Chris