Posted on July 24, 2013 AT 08:04pm
It looks like the team over at theDeadpool offices are slacking again. With the end of their second major arc, the team on this book have decided to hide in a hole for another month, which means that the Marvel vault will be opened once more, and from the late seventies comes a team-up that no fan of the Crimson Comedian has ever seen: a brilliant seventies issue (you know, when Deadpool hadn’t been created yet) featuring the man himself, as well as Luke Cage during his days as Power Man and Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist!
So, the seventies were an odd time. Racism, violence, bell-bottom pants. This was also the time where the Heroes For Hire were around kicking ass and solving crimes for a price. And money is what makes Deadpool move, so he does what he always will: do stuff to make some quick cash. This issue takes all the ageless flair of the old Marvel Comics books and adds in a twinge of the modern (mainly in the omniscient and completely deranged mind of Deadpool himself), with a ridiculous villain, a master plan and all the violence and insanity that comes with an issue starring the Merc With A Mouth. This issue was full of great jokes, odd references and all of the reckless behaviors this book is well known for.
Placing it this era also allowed for some pretty entertaining satires of racial stereotypes by the writing team of Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, most of which land. There does feel like it was a bit overdone, however, with several major references throughout the issue, which means there was at least one race joke per five pages, which feels like it was a bit overboard. However, there is no obvious racial slandering and it all looks like a not-so-subtle mockery of the issue, so there is at least no ill will created with the dialog. The entire progression of this book is quite difficult to explain, but it is all very fun, very over the top and hits on every level, making this yet another success of the “vintage Deadpool” stories.
Scott Koblish is back for another issue of this “throwback” series, and he knocks it out of the park yet again making this book look much worse than it could have in the modern era. It is beautifully drawn in the older style, and with the story as it was, the other Marvel icons featured in this issue work well too. The colors, by Val Staples, are right in the framework of this style, making it a perfect pairing of vintage art and coloring styles that combine with a great script.
Summary: This issue is awesome. it’s funny, looks great and completely captures the demented take of vintage Marvel Comics with the spin of Deadpool as the main character. The humor lands on nearly every level, the look passes the test of time and nearly everything here lines up to be a great precursor to the nextDeadpool arc.
Pros: Great Plot, Wonderful Art
Cons: Bit heavy on racial overtones, even for a seventies theme.
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