Posted on August 16, 2013 AT 08:39pm
The Merc With A Monthly is back once again, and this time, Deadpool is back teaming up with Luke Cage and Iron Fist once again in a brand new arc that brings the remnants of last month’s throwback issue into the present with the return of the awful and racially insensitive villain The White Man. After turning him to stone back in the olden years, the “Heroes For Hire” have been reunited with their most hated villain, even though ‘Pool, Cage and Iron Fist don’t even remember who this guy was.
The beginning of what will likely be one of the more interesting arcs in the series has begun in an outlandish way, bringing back The White Man with a vengeance and with an act of stupidity from the villain himself. With the reluctant team of Power Man and Iron Fist making their return with Deadpool, this makes circumstances even more complicated, considering Deadpool’s penchant for outlandish behavior and absolute insanity. This also marks the return of the organ snatchers that appeared in a previous issue, knocking Deadpool unconscious and taking organs from his body, which is likely going to tie into the newest arc that will feature former Weapon X compatriot Wolverine, as well as Captain America.
Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan have been making this a very fun book so far, and with the recent developments of his life with Agent Preston, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of the antics that he’s been up to, this issue is no different. With a villain like The White Man and the overarching path of Deadpool’s current story, this looks like it’s going to be a zany ride from start to finish, especially as more members of the Marvel Universe enter his psychotic universe.
Can Scott Koblish be the new artist from now on? With no offense meant to Mike Hawthorne or Tony Moore, this issue looks better than any other in memory from the beginning of Marvel NOW!, with colorist Val Staples looking more comfortable in the role than he ever has (he’s seemed pretty good in the role so far). The artwork is different stylistically, with a less bright and shiny style used in both the artwork and the colors.
Summary: This is a fun title. There’s laughs, explosions, witty remarks and lots and lots of violence. With hilarious writing and a solid art style, this is one of the most entertaining books in the Marvel stable right now, this is a series that looked shaky, with an over-exposed character at first, but has blossomed into a terrific book.
Pros:Fun writing, solid artwork.
Cons: The White Man, even as a joke villain, is a bit unsettling.
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