Posted on April 4, 2013 AT 07:37pm
It’s a blast from the past in the latest issue ofDeadpool! Since it’s only been two weeks since the last issue of Deadpool came out and for some reason the company wanted even more Deadpool out in the world, the powers that be at Marvel found a very special issue, printed way back in the day. This “inventory issue” was ready as an emergency precaution in case an issue wasn’t ready, and that seems to be the case this time! Deadpool, back in the early eighties, has a fun time with one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man! Well, kind of.
Taking a look back into the life of the Merc With A Mouth in the eighties is a fun trip through time. Deadpool makes a deal with a demon, deals with Iron Man and even runs into a few surprise characters from the Marvel universe, the usual fodder for a character of his magnitude. This issue looks like it was printed straight out of a Marvel Classic, complete with a bit of fading on the pages, just like Marvel Classic titles seem to have. This issue was a very fun break from the President-killing, joke-spewing psychopath that has graced the pages of the current series, and this out-of-continuity issue stands very well on its own.
After taking a look at this issue, it looks to be a shame that Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan weren’t a creative team in this era. Nearly every joke they throw at the reader lands right at the target, and the plot flows with a great pace, juggling the main plot of Deadpool and Iron Man with the rest of the ridiculousness that occurs in this installment. The references are relevant (for the time period anyways), and the characters that appear as guest stars all work well within the context of the issue. Posehn and Duggan did an excellent job this time around, taking a one-shot issue in a different time period (and a time period that Deadpool didn’t even exist in, as far as the Marvel Universe is concerned) and making it an enjoyable read.
Scott Koblish and Val Staples are also on point with this issue, taking the essence of the 80′s and making it work incredibly well with the ridiculousness of Deadpool. From the shoulder pads to the Daredevil rip-off logo, the entire Deadpool costume looks to be insanely silly, and all of it works. The coloring is on point, especially for trying to replicate a Marvel Bronze Age issue. This comic looks as though ti could have been from that era, and it all looks like a fun blast from the past.
Summary: Deadpool goes back in time for an issue, and the break from both the present and from reality is just the thing the book needed after a huge first arc. With time-accurate references, designs and artwork, this issue did just about everything right on the Deadpool front. He was funny without being too crude, the story was entertaining, the artwork looked great (for a Bronze Age knockoff) and just about everything in this issue was done incredibly well.
Pros: Funny plot, time-aged artwork, absolute insanity.
Cons: Not enough colander wearing Cable.
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