Deadpool’s back and he’s looking for respect. Click the jump to read the review.
Written by Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn
Art by Tony Moore & Val Staples
Published by Marvel
Wade is back! Writers, Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn do not fail at bringing the awesome humour that is Deadpool’s personality. The two writers bring to life the zany edginess that people miss about Deadpool whose character has been overused up until now. Before his reintroduction in the Marvel Now line, the character was overdone in far too many titles and many fans missed the joys of his healing factor, ugly appearance, and his quest for respect as a superhero in the Marvel Universe. Well, Duggan and Posehn must have missed these aspects of Deadpool too because they brought back all three! It’s wonderful to see the old Deadpool back and it’s great for new readers to really get the essence of how Deadpool was originally done.
SYNOPSIS: Deadpool returns to the Marvel Universe seeking for respect as a superhero and a steady paycheck.Who does Deadpool have to kill to get both?
GOOD: From the start, Duggan and Posehn introduce Deadpool as a solution to a super hero problem; iconic Marvel superheroes such as Captain America and Thor, who are too high profile to be caught ‘decapitating’ the criminal element meaning publicity in newspapers.
This sets up the need for an anomaly like Deadpool immediately. His character is not popular enough or liked by the public enough to really be cared about which ends up becoming a quest for respect for not only Deadpool, but his S.H.E.I.L.D. handler, Agent Preston. Preston is also looking for respect within the ranks of S.H.E.I.L.D., so the two characters already have a lot in common from the start. There are tons of puns, jokes, and references to pull from in this first issue that you can’t help but grin your way through this issue. It’s quite impressive how the two writers are able to move the story along while simultaneously creating a universe theme that will be sought after by characters in the book.
The artwork by Tony Moore and Val Staples is nice and has a cartoonish style and while I am not one for ‘cartoony art’ it worked so well with the zany writing, filled with jokes. This comic book can be read at any age, which is good for Marvel’s marketing department to cash in on younger readers. The gross out scenes where Deadpool cuts through a monster while Deadpool’s own intestines are sticking out are too hilarious to be considered disgusting.
BAD: Unlike Captain American who served a purpose in this issue, Thor did not serve much purpose. Truthfully, I did not understand why Thor made an appearance at all if only to degrade Deadpool as a superhero. Even though Thor is the God of Thunder, I would think that he would have been able to burst out of the monster much faster than Deadpool slicing the monster’s belly.
If a new reader or a Marvel fan is looking for super serious storytelling or a new revamped Deadpool I would suggest saving this comic book for later. Duggan and Posehn won’t satisfy your craving for a new version of Deadpool at all as its really for those loved the way Deadpool was portrayed in the past before he lost his healing factor and ‘ugly’ appearance. Both writers are honoring this version of Deadpool.
What did you think of Deadpool #1? Are you reading this issue? Why or why not?