Posted on December 8, 2012 AT 08:52pm
The Presidents are still dead, still angry, and still trying to kill everyone in the most recent issue of Deadpool. Ol’ Wade is fighting against the leaders of America’s past, and so far he’s not been doing too well. With the help of some surprising allies that were brought into the fold last issue (namely the ghost of Ben Franklin and the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange), Deadpool is hoping to get this mission finally settled for good. Especially against Zombie Lincoln, who made it personal last issue.
This book is finally beginning to gain some steam, which is a good sign considering the quality of the last few issues. The plot is finally beginning to roll smoothly, the writing, while still a bit off in the joke department, is improving. Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are beginning to understand Wade a bit better, finally using some more of the Deadpool trademarks (such as breaking the fourth wall) and some jokes that are more his style. Both do need to get a grip on other characters in the Marvel Universe, however, as Doctor Strange, while having some amusing moments, seemed incredible odd given his usual character in other franchises. While it is improving, the chemistry of Duggan and Posehn still needs some work, especially with the personality of Wilson himself. In previous incarnations, Deadpool was an additional added piece of ridiculousness to a normal (mostly) situation, whereas this series adds in Deadpool as an added wrinkle of crazy, but not ridiculous, to an already unbelievable and out of control situation.
Tony Moore is still on the art team, and while the style hasn’t changed as much, the style is at least becoming the norm, and the consistency can be congratulated. The human forms look well-done, though the detail is still at a point where it doesn’t fully mesh. While this isn’t detrimental, it does take some getting used to, which is only now starting to happen. Colorist Val Staples is finding form as well, with deeper colors and greater detail with lighting work.
Summary: Deadpool is finally beginning to work his way back to the form of old, as some of his trademark humor has returned. While not all of it back, it’s getting better steadily, which will hopefully remain consistent as the book continues. The art style is gaining some momentum as well, becoming a consistent method of visual storytelling, which will only help the book later on. Not a perfect issue by any means,Deadpool is getting there, and with some continued tweaks and progressions, this book could get into great form.
- The Good: Fourth Wall Breaking, Improved Humor
- The Bad: Shaky Character Development, Weak Writing
- The Ugly: Zombie Presidents Still Count, Right?
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