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Excited for the movie release of Deadpool? You bet we are! If you have no idea what we’re talking about or have been living in a parallel universe, you’re in for a treat. To help get you psyched, VPL’s reading experts bring you these action-packed reads to get you geared up and ready:
X-Men: Bloodline by Brian Wood
Jubilee’s adopted baby Shogo is threatened by dark forces who will stop at nothing to reclaim him. This brings on a deadly attack at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning – a state-of-the-art school to educate and protect the younger generation of mutants. A multi-generational war unfolds and Jubilee’s worst nightmare comes to pass as the future is being rewritten.
Crossed: Volume 13 by David Hine
Part of the Crossed: Badlands series, this gritty horror tale returns to the early days of the deadly viral pandemic that causes its victims to carry out their most evil thoughts. In this volume, you’ll follow a Japanese mobster’s daughter who is trapped at a cosplay convention at the start of the outbreak, and two inmates in federal prison who try to survive when the virus enters the escape-proof walls.
Uncanny X-force: Final Execution by Rick Remender
This series continues the story of Wolverine and his X-Force team, who lead a group of mutant outcasts and scoundrels. They battle a new force called the Omegas, which seems to have a grudge against the X-Force, and then take on the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Can the team come together in time to rally and survive this brutal assault, or will dissension in the ranks lead to the death of them all?
Batman: Endgame by Scott Snyder
The Joker is back, and the Clown Prince of Crime is done playing. He devises a wicked scheme to get rid of the Dark Knight, and he’s going to do it using those closest to Batman – the Justice League. Returning to Gotham City with a deadlier agenda than ever, The Joker turns Batman’s allies against him in the bloodiest brawl he’s ever had to survive.
The Walking Dead: Life and Death by Robert Kirkman
The comic series that spawned the popular television series, The Walking Dead immerses us in a post-apocalyptic world plagued by the undead. In this volume, you’ll experience a slow simmer that quickly turns into a fast-paced rush. Things heat up at the fair in Alexandria while Carl continues to learn more about The Whisperers. In the end, lines are crossed that affect everyone.
Suicide Squad: Discipline and Punish by Ales Kot
Follow the adventures of the Suicide Squad – a team of killers and thieves that undertakes high-risk missions for the government. After the Suicide Squad is nearly massacred, they return to Belle Reve prison to recover. Instead, they meet their new leader, who plans to make them even deadlier than before.
Avengers: Time Runs Out by Jonathan Hickman
In this comic book series, the Time Runs Out storyline is complex and with many moving pieces that jump to the future of the Marvel Universe. For superheroes in the Avengers and Illuminati, this is the grand finale of the Final Incursion – when two Earths from parallel universes collide and face destruction. Time is running out and they must devise a plan to save their universe.
The Punisher: Border Crossing by Nathan Edmondson
It’s jungle warfare! American soldiers are being held by a South American drug lord. Suddenly, Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher) arrives as a new prisoner to save them. But not all is as it seems on either side of the bars, and now a wounded Castle must take on dangerous terrain and merciless mercenaries to escape. This read will get the blood pumping.