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Deadpool #17 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on September 30, 2013 AT 12:46pm

The big new arc of Deadpool, “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” is underway, and with that comes a major guest starring appearance by two Weapon Plus grads, Wolverine and Captain America. With those two in the fold, the conflict between the North Korean mutant program, Butler, the mutant refugees and Deadpool himself is coming to a head, and within these next two issues, there is going to be a lot of violence, a lot of odd looking mutants and some surprising new creations.

The group of rag-tag X-Men knockoffs are mobilizing, with Deadpool leading the group. With Captain America and Wolverine now a part of the conflict after being kidnapped by the same group that was drugging Deadpool, the fight is now going to be taken  to the North Korean and members of the mutant camp. With several notable members of the X-Men taking on new form as members of the Korean slave camp, things get violent quickly as Deadpool, Cap, Wolverine and the others begin taking down the guard on the hunt for Butler and the other higher ranking members of the camp. This leads to some interesting fight scenes, especially with the faux X-Men attempting professional superhero moves (the “Fastball Special” sequence between Wolverine, fake Wolverine and fake Colossus is especially funny) and failing miserably, in typical Deadpool ridiculousness.

Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are coming up with a fun and exciting arc that deals with a bit more of Deadpool’s pesonal issues than normal, making it an interesting mix of both dark and humorous. With Deadpool’s potential child at risk, the Crimson Comedian is getting a bit more serious, though he still cracks a few of his trademark jokes. The rest of the book takes on a violent tone, especially as the conflict reaches the unavoidable violent portion of the story. Overall, however, the book does a good job of balancing both the serious and funny, something Deadpool is known for.

Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are still sharing art duties in this arc, and while it’s a bit rougher than usual, it’s still very fun. The coloring style seems to take on  a  “less is more” type of look, with there being light shades of colors throughout the book, perpetuating the rough style. It works well, although the more familiar style of previous arcs would likely be a welcoming change after this very dark arc concludes.

Summary:This arc is getting near its end, and while it’s been more about internal struggle than it is about the overt violence and silliness. With some dark and rough artwork and some interesting faces, this arc looks like it’ll be one that will change Deadpool for a long time coming, something that is rather difficult, given how much he’s been through.

Pros: Strong story, solid artwork.

Cons: Lack of typical action.

Grade: B+

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for 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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