When I tell non-comic book readers that I cover comic books for AiPT! I frequently get greeted with “Aren’t comic books for kids?” To which I politely inform them they’re wrong and explain how much comic books have matured. When I told some friends I was reviewing Color Your Own Deadpool Again! I was immediately asked “Aren’t coloring books for kids?” To which I’d say “Well… yeah… but… like… not this one.” Color Your Own Deadpool Again! is a great way to relax after a long day, with plenty of rad pages to choose with a welcome variance in difficulty.
Longtime readers of Wade Wilson’s adventures will love the options presented to them with this collection of black and white templates. There are covers and panels from Mike Hawthorne, Greg Land, Ed McGuiness, Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo and even Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld dating all the way back to the character’s early days in the 1990’s.
The opportunities aren’t just limited to Deadpool or even Deadpool comics. Aspiring colorists can color covers from the latest Domino series, classic X-Force covers, panels and pages from Spider-Man and Deadpool, Cable, and some Colossus pages. There’s even some villains that pop up. The breadth of characters and styles available offer plenty of opportunity for experimentation with different colors, utensils, and shading techniques.
What I appreciated most is the amount of diversity of difficulty presented here. Some pages require a steady hand and fine tip pens or pencils with so many intricate lines and tiny areas to fill in. I’m 25 and can barely color inside the lines still, so these pages were a real challenge for me but made me appreciate just how goddamn hard the colorist’s job can be.
I tended to gravitate towards the easier panels that featured more open space allowing for more mistakes and relatively mindless shading. On these more open pages, there’s enough space to even add dialogue making this book a little bit of a write your own Deadpool experience.
For the open pages, I’d recommend good old sharpies because they really make the pages look pristine while the thick paper stock won’t cause worry over possible bleed throughs. Each page is perforated too, allowing inkers to tear their masterpieces out of the book and display on their fridges, dorm room walls, or staircase halls. I for one will be hanging this artistic beauty on the fridge for all my roommates to enjoy:
For parents, uncles, or older siblings looking at this as a great gift for the young merc in their life, definitely take heed of the parental advisory warning on the cover. While most of these pages are harmless and suitable for all ages, there are a handful that will remind you why Deadpool is an adult comic- particularly one that features Deadpool opening a box of intestines.
I’m really stoked I grabbed this collection. It features more than a hundred pages for me to color and offers a diverse roster of things to choose from- characters, story arcs, artists, and even level of difficulty. Whether you’re looking for some mindless relaxation or want to give comic book coloring a legitimate shot, this is a great place to start.
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