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Deadpool #16 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on September 13, 2013 AT 08:59pm

Deadpool has been through many things, but capture is one of them that is wholly unfamiliar to him. Knowing that makes things much harder for the Merc With A Mouth, as he’s definitely been captured by a man named Butler, who up until now, has been stealthily stealing Wade’s organs from him one at a time. Now, since Deadpool’s caught on, he’s been drugged, captured, and has hallucinated quite a few things in this latest arc, the second part of which hits with this issue.

After talking with Wolverine and Captain America, Deadpool is denied and is then captured, moving into a whole new level of messed up with Wilson trapped in a Weapon Plus stasis tube and subjected to a lot of very strange things that are only likely to get stranger. This issue sees a lot of spotlight put on one character in particular, and it’s one that hasn’t been heard from that much since their strange journey in this book began: Agent Preston. Since being killed and implanted into Deadpool’s head, Preston has been the near silent adviser to Wade Wilson, and in this issue, she really comes into her own, making her presence felt when it was needed most. This was interesting to see, given that dialog is usually taken over by Deadpool in all aspects of everything.

The art team of Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn on writing, as well as Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire on art return for another issue of this arc, and they seem to make quite the team. While Shalvey and Bellaire are only temporary fill-in on the book, the look has already made an impressive impact. The style of Deadpool has shifted dramatically, but given the tone of this arc, it fits very well. This does mean than Posehn and Duggan are likely the main architects of this story, and thus far, it’ been interesting, if a bit scattered in places.

Given that Duggan and Posehn have put Deadpool in a clear direction, the story here is the biggest concern, since the artwork has been pretty great thus far. While a fun narrative, the pacing is all over the place. The first issue was a fast-paced action sequence that wound up with it being a dream the whole time. This issue takes on a bit more stealth, and thus slows down quite a bit, but not all at the same time. It move fast at points then grinds to a halt, though that could also be in part to the way that artwork was presented.

Summary: While this is definitely a new look for Deadpool, but so far, so good. It’s been a fun ride thus far, and with Shalvey and Bellaire subbing in for this issue, it’s looked a bit rougher, but still great. The story has some pacing issues, but it’s been a fun ride thus far. While there’s still plenty of time for this arc to pick up, the combination of a much more present Agent Preston and a break-out story makes for an entertaining ride.

Pros: Strong Artwork, Interesting Story

Cons: Odd Pacing At Points

Grade: B+

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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