Posted on August 8, 2012 AT 09:51pm
The Merc With A Mouth is back, with the release of Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #2. As he displayed in the last issue, this is a different Deadpool, one that replaces his recklessness and humor with cunning and brutality. Written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Dalibor Talajic, the entire Marvel Universe is at risk when the Crimson Comedian drops the comedy and picks up his swords.
In this, the second of four issues in the mini-series, Deadpool goes after some big names, to surprising results. Targets such as Spider-Man, Thor, and the Hulk are all attacked by a murderous and calculating Deadpool, fresh off a complete mind re-wiring by the evil yet diminutive Psycho Man. This has changed him from the destructive yet annoying menace that the Marvel Universe knew and tolerated to the one thing the heroes and villains of the world fear most of all. The plot is progressing at a good pace, despite the fact that aside from the primary premise, there is little in the way of story. Writer Cullen Bunn has to do little more than write a few lines of dialog about someone getting killed to push the story along, with no real reveals of anything interesting, and with only twenty pages to work with, that’s probably for the best.
Talajic, on the other hand, bears more of the responsibility to show the progress of this mini-series than Bunn. His polished, but flat, artwork puts the gore and brutality on full display, as page after page of mayhem flows throughout the book. The deaths are brutal, but short lived, and the inexperience of Talajic with Marvel characters (only a few issues of comics have a penciling credit attributed to him) is still on display, with anatomically correct, but visually mediocre detail.
The premise itself can’t be denied, however, as the wanton violence is still pretty entertaining. Many comics fans have wondered how some of these powerful super-beings could be taken down, and while some of it seemed pretty far fetched, Deadpool shows very clearly how to do it. While not something that could be sustained over a long period, this mini-series does what its intended for pretty well: to show the true destructive abilities of Deadpool, pitting him in a violent, gory showdown against the Marvel elite.
The Good: More Violence, Gore And Destruction
The Bad: Mediocre Artwork, Kind Of Short
The Ugly: Incredibly Basic Story
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