Posted on November 14, 2012 AT 07:42pm
Deadpool has had several different titles over the years, with the most recent run ending with the 63rd issue. With the recent Marvel NOW! initiative, the Merc With A Mouth has gotten a brand new book, with Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan taking over writing duties from veteran writer of the prior series, Daniel Way (who should be applauded for his work on the series, since he doesn’t get enough credit for taking Wade to an entirely crazier level). With Tony Moore on art duties, this lesser-known team has the tall order of making a crazy but well-liked character into a brand new era, trying to place their own identity on the iconic character while still giving it the feel that comic fans have come to know.
While everyone knows that anything that has to do with Deadpool is automatically insane, Posehn and Duggan make their mark early with the plot of the first story arc, with the first issue named “In Wade We Trust”. The issue is referenced to the fact that someone has brought back the former leaders of the United States from their eternal rest, and the former Presidents are none too happy about it. While S.H.I.E.L.D has plenty of less insane options to stop this horrifying threat, bringing in an option from the outside would make for less blame to be placed on the organization, and no one epitomizes “Outsider” like Wade Wilson himself.
The interior pages that follow the introduction are basically as ridiculous as can be expected from a Deadpool series. There’s shooting, explosions, and plenty of terrible jokes that are all staples of the Crimson Comedian himself. The only issues seems to be that, despite Posehn being a professional comedian, a lot of the jokes fall short of the high bar set by Way during his run on the series. While this is just an opening issue, many readers (especially those who bashed Way’s run previously) may be missing the insanity of Daniel Way’s writing after reading this issue. Duggan has some comic writing experience, and has worked with Posehn before on a mini-series, the lack of experience on major titles is pretty obvious here, though there is a lot of hope that both of these talented writers will hit a groove with the series in the future.
Moore and colorist Val Staples’ artistic duties on the book are well-done, but again, fall short of the high standards placed by some of the other Deadpool books, including his last run and on Uncanny X-Force, which had incredible artwork. The realism and lighting/shadowing effects that has put Marvel on the top of the world artistically is in shorter supply here, with colors that are more flat than usual, and less realistic detail. It may wind up working well in the end, but the difference as of now is pretty obvious.
Another qualm with the title is the recap page at the end of the issue that introduces those that worked so hard on this new book. While attempting to be funny, the jokes made towards Poshen, Duggan, Staples, Moore and editor Jordan D. White fall short of funny and into unnecessarily cruel. This is something that will hopefully be tweaked in the future, but in the opening issue goes a bit too far, which is a surprise from aDeadpool book.
Summary: This book had a lot of high hopes from fans looking to move away from the direction that Daniel way took the series into during his run, but the opening issue falls a bit short of being some kind of revolution or contrast from the last title. Posehn and Duggan fail to open strong in their opening issue, but these two writers are talented enough to make up for it several times over in the future. The colors were a bit flat and the letters page was a bit harsh even for Ol’ Wade, but the book already shows some promise despite not cutting it in execution. A few more issues will show whether or not Deadpool fans will be flocking to the new series, or reading Way’s Thunderbolts title as a way to get the true Deadpool back into their lives.
The Good: Fun Concept, Good Pacing
The Bad: Flat Colors And Jokes, Letter Page
The Ugly: Ever Seen Wade’s Face? Not Pretty.
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