Posted on November 17, 2013 AT 05:21pm
The conclusion to the latest arc of Deadpool is here, and with it comes some major closure to one of the more emotionally engaging arcs in the series thus far. As “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” finishes, so does the Weapon Plus team-up of Deadpool, Captain America, and Wolverine. After the discovery that his organs have been stolen from him over and over for years, Deadpool investigated, finding out there was much, much more to this story. As the arc continued, it’s finally lead to Deadpool’s showdown with Butler and the liberation of the mutated refugees that have been locked away in North Korea.
This has been an incredibly powerful arc thus far, and it delivers at the end. Despite the “fridging” of Deadpool’s former lover Carmelita (she was killed in a previous issue after only making an appearance in the pre-arc issue, seemingly only existing as a way to hurt/motivated Deadpool), this arc has explored the depths of Deadpool’s emotional spectrum, something that has so rarely been explored before. This leads to the exciting aftermath of this huge battle, and a bit of respect from both Cap and Wolverine, something else that has been explored very little.
Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are really cementing themselves as one of the more important teams in theDeadpool canon. They’re hitting major points that were never really brought in before, making relationships that were barely ever explored and exposing the Merc with a Mouth to an emotional and psychological range that goes beyond the typical “psychopathic murdering chunk of insanity” that usually typifies the character. In this issue in particular this happens, as Deadpool shows some terrific range, moving from steadfast to happy, angry to sullen and much, much more.
Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are finishing their run on this series as this arc closes, and while the style has been vastly different from previous arcs, it’s been a great run. The rougher style has lent to more transparent coloring and a less finished look, something that fits incredibly well with the destructive and powerful story created by Posehn and Duggan. This is a team that would look great on any book, and they will likely be missed on this series as it returns to the very saturated (but not at all unappealing) styles of the artists who have worked on the book prior.
Summary: While there has been a lot explored in this arc, it’s a relief to see it end. It’s been an emotionally draining ride, and this issue caps it off very well. With it over, the life of Deadpool won’t be the same for a very long time. This arc has explored more about the character than any other arc in his history, and that’s something that will be very important to build off of in later issues.
Pros:Great story, terrific artwork.
Cons: Some fans might find it to be a bit too serious.
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