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Deadpool #18 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on October 14, 2013 AT 09:22pm

The next to last portion of “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” has recently released, and with it comes some very disturbing news for Deadpool as he, Captain America and Wolverine go to overthrow the organization that has been harvesting Deadpool’s organs for the use of giving normal people mutant powers (along with some other things). Trapped in the North Korean camp, the Weapon+ team moves in and starts dishing out some heroic justice along with the liberate refugees, all in an attempt to find Bulter and make it out alive. For Wade, it’s also about rescuing Carmelita, the woman whom he allegedly impregnated back in the seventies with the last pre-arc throwback issue, who is also trapped back at the camp.

This issue really gets the action moving for the end of this major arc, and the appearance of Cap and Wolverine has made for a lot of fun, especially as Deadpool has become less and less the comic relief as this arc has continued. The last few issues have been action packed, and this continues with lots of great combat by those well trained in the art of kicking ass. The arc is almost over, and that’s probably a good thing, because while the arc was fun and showed a more serious side of Deadpool, it’s taken some turns for the worst and really changed the dynamic in a creative sense.

This leads to the absolute biggest problem with the whole issue, and one that will come with amajor spoiler. During all of this, Carmelita has been pegged as the mother of Wade’s child, and a woman who, along with the child, have been placed inside the camp to get Deadpool to go along with the evil plans of Butler and the North Koreans. So, given that’s she’s had absolutely no time aside from a  few mentions in the recent issues, Carmelita is found dead at the end of this issue. So, as a character, she had a few panels in issue #13 where she met Deadpool, slept with him, and then disappeared, only to be found killed in issue #18, to further anger and hurt Deadpool.  This is the exact definition of the infamous “women in refrigerators” trope of writing that creates female characters only to hurt/kill them later for the sake of the male antagonist. While writers Posehn and Duggan have done a tremendous job so far with this issue and this series, this is an outdated tactic that looks really poor in what was otherwise a great issue.

Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are back on art in this one, and the gritty, rough style of art that the two pull off together is one of beauty. Not working quite as clean as the rest of the previous issues, this one has given the sense of realism that this series needs at the moment, setting it up for a great five issue arc.

Summary: Deadpool has been doing his thing in North Korea, while the writing staff used a lazy and overused trope to progress their plot and cause emotional pain and motivation to their protagonist. While, again, this is not a knock as Duggan and Posehn as writers (this has been a fantastic run that has been well beloved thus far), it’s very disappointing. Also: Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are amazing beyond words.

Pros: Terrific artwork and colors.

Cons: Disappointing tropes used to progress plot.

Grade: C+

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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