Posted on May 8, 2013 AT 08:54pm
There’s a demon, a woman in Deadpool’s head, the ghost of Ben Franklin, and a poor man’s Aquaman in this month’s Deadpool! With Deadpool on a mission for the demon Vetis, the necromancer Michael and Ghost Franklin are working to get the soul of Agent Preston (who began sharing a brain with Deadpool a few issues ago) back into a new body. In order to buy Michael some time, Deadpool has to kill the list of people Vetis gave powers to (which includes Michael) and complete some kind of demonic hit list so Vetis can take out the demon king Mephisto. Everyone got that?
Deadpool has a lot going on this issue, with his new roommate, Agent Preston, on his case for the whole “I kill people for money/fun/boredom” thing that Deadpool does. This also includes killing people for demons, and that’s exactly what Deadpool does, taking out not only a lifeguard with the powers of Aquaman but another special surprise as well. All the while there’s still the issue of people harvesting Deadpool’s organs, the fixing of the situation with Deadpool and Preston, and the larger demonic presence of Mephisto. This book suddenly has a lot of loose ends to tie up. While it’s entertaining, it does leave less room for Deadpool to be a hilarious, ridiculous idiot, which is what he does best. Hopefully with the progression of this arc, some of these will be tied up shortly, because Deadpool doesn’t work as well as other characters with multiple sub-plots. He’s best with a singular mission and the rest of his mind free for banter and references to whatever the hell is on his mind on any given moment.
Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are proving something that isn’t always the case: close friends can make a long term partnership work. Usually these go awry after some time, but thus far, these two buddies are making a very fun title work. The writing is (usually) funny, completely ridiculous, and while there’s a bit more of a supernatural element coming from the premise than should be given to a Deadpool title, it’s definitely working, so there can’t be too much of a complaint given there.
Mike Hawthorne and Val Staples are, once again, paired as the art team of the book, and they do a phenomenal job taking on this title. The long distance shots are bit muddy, but that’s true with quite a bit of artwork in that perspective. Deadpool’s appearance also seems to change from issue to issue, especially in the facial composition of the character. This is a bit off-putting, but otherwise, the book looks great. The lighting techniques are very interesting, given the supernatural premise of the current arc, with lots of fun glowing effects and the like, making this an intriguing book to look at from an aesthetic perspective.
Summary: With the supernatural vibe the book has taken, the premise of the current run of Deadpool is taking an odd, but entertaining, turn. With fun writing (though the jokes seem to be hit or miss at point) and some great artwork, this is a great book for fans of not only the character, but of the supernatural element as well. This is a solid entry into the canon of Deadpool, and judging from the current popularity and quality of the title, it’s not looking to change any time soon.
Pros: Solid writing, great artwork.
Cons: Odd supernatural element, facial changes to Deadpool off-putting at times.
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