Posted on March 21, 2013 AT 09:52pm
The exciting conclusion to the “Dead Presidents” arc has finally arrived, and with George Washington looking to take down the nation’s capitol (which was named after him), Deadpool is the only one who can stop him! With, guns, explosions, crude jokes and some major carnage, Deadpool looks to be back into the fray as one of the most violent and offensive members of the Marvel Universe (in a good way).
This issue marks the end of the very first arc of the brand new volume of Deadpool books, and after six issues of Deadpool fighting the zombie presidents, it’s safe to say that after a rough start, this creative team is on the right track. The persona of the Crimson Comedian is a difficult thing to place, but so far the writers of this series are beginning to make it their own, from the bad jokes that are less crude and far more funny than they were at the start of the arc to the way the man himself reacts to everyday situations (such as the death of friends, zombies, and all sorts of other ridiculousness).
Writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan weren’t on the top of the list when it came to Deadpool writers when this series began (the review of the first issue was pretty scathing), but as a team they have begun to come into their own as members of Team Deadpool. This issue marks what was a significant turn around from the beginning to the end of the arc, and if this continues, they’ll be putting themselves right up there in terms of past writers of this complex and dynamic character. This issue alone is marking one of the more serious of the issues as far as plot and dialog are concerned, and it was handled very well though some of the jokes still fall a bit short of their perceived mark.
Artist Tony Moore and colorist Val Staples are also improved, with what was a lackluster artistic showing in the first few issues taking a dramatic turn into the realm of the visually satisfying in only a few issues. Perhaps the writing brought it down originally (or up in this case), but Moore and Staples have done a tremendous job with the overall look of this issue. The darker tones fit the mood, the shadowing is more detailed, and the human figures look less cartoon like and far more traditional. While making it their own, the art team for this series has found a way to greatly improve over the course of the arc, and hopefully, this trend will continue.
(Note: I actually re-read Deadpool #1 for this review, and the artwork is pretty solid. So apologies to Moore and Staples, who were unfortunately affected by the “post-Way era” syndrome.)
Summary: Deadpool is really making some progress with this title, and after stepping out of the shadow of the last series for the character, has really come into its own as a title. With the next arc on the horizon, it looks like the Merc With A Mouth will be around for a bit longer, and hopefully, that’s a good thing.
Pros: Solid Artwork and writing, entertaining ending to an arc.
Cons: Ending is a bit anti-climactic.
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