Posted on July 5, 2013 AT 06:21pm
The third installment of the Deadpool Kills trilogy is here, and this four issue series focuses not on the other heroes of the Marvel Universe, and not on the characters that inspired them. This one focuses on the main person the deranged alternate reality Deadpool wanted to kill when he started his insane murder spree: himself. Now traveling the multiverse to kill all of the alternate versions of himself, the Merc With A Mouth has a new look, a new way of speech and a new violent bloodlust that take him across the Nexus of All Reality in a mission to destroy every version of himself.
This trilogy of mini-series have been a supreme disappointment thus far, bringing forth two four issue arcs that had terrible jokes, an awful story and artwork that was not so pleasing. This first issue was far better than the previous, with more contemporary Marvel artwork and a better grasp of this very hard to write character. This is a strange occurrence, since writing one Deadpool was a problem, but writer Cullen Bunn has had more success writing several of them. The story is still not great, but it’s a marked improvement from the stories that had been written previously.
Speaking of Bunn, he’s doing a terrific job on some of his other titles, and these so far has not showcased his talents all that well. The story is something that shouldn’t have gotten a second series, let alone a third, and while that point is still one that stands, the grasp on Deadpool is one that seems much more firm than it had previously, especially with the outlandish humor that defines the character(s). While there is an overall lack of an interesting plot as a whole and the concept is well past its prime, this first issue has shown that the series can get a second wind, and hopefully this will continue over the final three issues.
The art team of Salva Espin and Veronica Gandini do a spectacular job with this series, making this a much more visually appealing series than the previous two installments. The overall look is beautiful, with highly defined line work, vibrant color and some painted elements that make this book look incredible. The look of the new “evil” Deadpool isn’t all that appealing, but given that he has to look in stark contrast to the others, it makes sense.
Summary: With a brand new series comes a new sense of freshness in the Deadpool Kills trilogy. With gorgeous artwork and a new sense of plot (though, this plot is still a bit weak), this is a series that now seems to have a new lease on life, even if it’s only three more issues in this mini. More fun, more interesting to look at and less awful than the previous installments, Deadpool Kills Deadpool might finally reach its goal of ending this series (and the character, at least for this event) in a fun and violent way.
Pros: Spectacular artwork, improved humor.
Cons: Prolonged event has lost its luster.
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