Posted on January 23, 2013 AT 09:42pm
The showdown between Deadpool and the Dead Presidents continues in the fourth part of the inaugural storyline for the newest run for the Crimson Comedian. This issue featured a showdown with several more dead Presidents than the first three issues combined, and the cover reveals that one of the undead forefathers is none other than Honest Abe himself! While this story is getting more and more on the silly side, that type of story is exactly the kind of situation where Deadpool thrives. Placed in clear danger by the undead leaders of the free world, the world turns to Deadpool to rid the world of these homicidal zombie presidents. Well, the world kind of hates Deadpool, but S.H.I.E.L.D. needs him to clean up the mess started by one of their own.
So far in this arc, the series has premiered to lackluster results, but in the continuing issues, the creative team has begun to find their form, and each issue has seemed to improve in both artwork and story-telling. With Deadpool’s showdown with Lincoln coming fast in this issue, Wade has little time to act to stop the zombified remains of the former leaders from taking over the country. This leads to lots of fun and Merc-on-President violence, all with an added dose of Deadpool’s trademark wit and self-awareness. While not every joke lands (and while many of them are pretty immature), its a good start and a big improvement from earlier issues.
Writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn originally seemed to struggle grasping the nuances of the character himself, but only four issues in they’ve found their footing, with the humor of the character coming in much clearer (and much funnier) than it originally had in the first few issues. The trademark breaking of the fourth wall has finally arrived in a significant way as well, with several references to the reader and to page counts occurring throughout the issue, and all of this was done without the narration boxes that were made famous by the previous writer of the Crimson Comedian, Daniel Way. If this trend continues, the unique voices of these two writers will fill the many varied voices that Deadpool likely hears on a constant basis.
The artwork is also well done, with artist Tony Moore and colorist Val Staples seeming to mesh together a bit more, not only with each other but with the central theme that the writers are aiming for. Moore has done a great job this far with human forms and environments, and Staples adapts Deadpool into a simpler, more cartoonish form that while takes some getting used to, ends up meshing with the tone of the plot much better once the reader gets used to it.
Summary: While not perfect, this series is really beginning to come into its own as a separate entity in the Deadpool continuity. With an absurd story, great humor (though some is quite immature) and the signature Deadpool stylings, this series got off to a rough start but has really hit a stride, gearing up to an exciting conclusion to the Dead Presidents storyline.
The Good:Solid Writing And Artwork
The Bad: Immature Humor, Some Of Which Misses The Mark
The Ugly: First Two Pages. Go With It.
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