Posted on May 22, 2013 AT 06:34pm
Deadpool teams up with Spider-Man once again in the most recent issue of Deadpool! With Otto Octavius having done his “Superior” thing in his own title, he and Deadpool wind up running into each other for another great buddy-hero issue! With Deadpool on the trail of another one on Vetis’ hit list, the rest of the gang (Ghost of Ben Franklin and Agent “Living Inside Deadpool’s Head” Preston) have all but abandoned Deadpool for the murder of the Necromancer Michael in the last issue. Not really Preston, who can’t exactly leave, but either way. Gunning for a pre-cognative crime lord, Deadpool meets up with Superior Spidey, who is looking to bring the same man to justice! Can you say destiny?
Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are really hitting their stride right now, taking the newest volume of the Merc With A Mouth and making really making it their own. The jokes are really hitting their mark on a regular basis, the story, while a bit more supernatural than would be expected from a Deadpool book, is well- plotted, and the characters are finely developed. The spirit of the character from past runs also seem to be being honored, the crazy that is Deadpool showing through as brightly as it had during the previous runs of Fabian Nicieza and Daniel Way. They even seemed to be able to handle Otto in this issue, writing him nearly as cleanly as Dan Slott himself.
Mike Hawthorne is also a pretty great artist on this series. The characters look really good, with terrific proportions on the characters and an overall attention to detail. Colorist Val Staples is doing wonderfully as well, taking Hawthorne’s art and making it pop with vibrant colors. It differs from other books by looking less shiny or painted (as All New X-Men and Thor: God Of Thunder are) and borders more on a cartoon than a traditional comic book, this is not a bad thing. The crazy that is this series is almost more fitting for this style, though fans of traditional comics may be a bit turned off by it, especially those who really viewed Deadpool as a top tier hero (or at least close to it) in past runs of the title.
Summary: Deadpool is fast becoming one of the best books in Marvel NOW!, with the most fun per page offered in any of the current titles. It’s funny, looks great and has an interesting plot going. While not everyone likes this character, those who do should be very pleased with this current run.
Pros: Fun Writing, great artwork
Cons: Colors could be off-putting to new fans as it is non-traditional
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