Posted on November 27, 2012 AT 04:23am
Deadpool is back in his brand new Marvel NOW! reboot, and the Founding Fathers are back and deader than ever, looking for vengeance, violence and the American Way. New writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan have come out swinging with a ridiculous new storyline that only Deadpool could fit into. In the last issue, the corpses of American Presidents came back to life and attacked America in an effort to toughen them up. After a public relations nightmare, S.H.I.E.L.D. hired Deadpool to stop their carnage.
The previous issue was full of ridiculous situations and jokes, though most of them fell flat. For an introductory issue, it was passable, but former writer Daniel Way was very comfortable with the character and a new creative team didn’t seem to mesh quite as well. This issue, definite progress was made as some of the jokes landed a bit better, with Duggan and Posehn looking a bit more comfortable writing one of the more dynamic Marvel characters. The plot is a bit ridiculous even by Deadpool standards, but the new team of Duggan, Posehn, Tony Moore and Val Staples make it seem like a normal day for The Merc With A Mouth by adding in the trademark Deadpool charm and his patented “Pool-O-Vision”. It’s not as streamlined as the previous incarnation of the series, but Duggan and Posehn are gaining some chemistry on a very difficult title to write for, especially early in a writing career.
Tony Moore definitely has a different way of drawing than did the original artist on the previous run, Paco Medina, but the newest look for the character is a similar take on an old favorite, and fits with the way the plot is designed. Val Staples doesn’t do anything dynamic with her color work, but even so, she doesn’t need to, with a lot of the action not needing anything flashy or shiny to make it pop and look good. There’s not a whole lot of lighting work done in this issue or the previous (especially in comparison to the previous series, which was very shiny and vivid).
Summary: The Presidents are still undead, and Deadpool is making sure they get back to just being dead. It’s not a perfect series by any means, and it’s stumbled a bit out the gate, but things are beginning to mesh. The entirety of the creative team is coming together during this first arc, and while it’s already a bit of a bumpy road, the kinks are beginning to get worked out. Hopefully the trend will continue and this series will head upwards towards becoming a hilarious, ridiculous and fun series that fans have come to know and expect from Deadpool and his misadventures.
The Good: Good Pace, A Few Good Jokes
The Bad: Flat Artwork
The Ugly: Franklin V. Wade (You’ll Get It When You Read The Book)
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