Posted on August 22, 2012 AT 07:18pm
The end is finally upon us, with the final issue of the mini-series Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe finally wrapping up the bloody, grotesque trek of Deadpool as he goes on a murderous rampage throughout the entire Marvel Universe. This mini-series had a lot of things going for it, only to be marred by several issues throughout the book, some of which finally began to pick up around the last issue.
As Deadpool gears up for his last stand, and as the Taskmaster finally moves to finish off the man he was hired to stop, how will it all end? Well, without spoiling too much, it ends in a way that could only happen in a Deadpool comic. The fact that it the story concludes in classic fashion is both relieving and more so, disappointing. The series thus far has shown elements of the classic Deadpool persona, put into hyper-drive and cutting out the fat, and as the series concludes, it falls into old habits. Instead of doing something different with the Merc With A Mouth, as the series initially seemed set out to do, it takes a turn, acting more reminiscent of the previous series involving the Regenerating Degenerate.
Writer Cullen Bunn took on a hefty challenge making a Deadpool book somehow different from the usual, and or the most part, he did a fine job. While there was little in the way of story, there never needed to be, as the premise was straight-forward and interesting enough to turn the page. Writing this character can be difficult for all sorts of reasons (the pop culture references, witty jokes and being inside the mind of a complete maniac being several of them), but he’d made an effort to take the things that made the character great and turn them on their head, only to go with a finish that, while entertaining (as they always are, to fans of the character, at least), is relatively weak.
Artist Dalibor Talajic continues his work, which is serviceable at best, at least in comparison to some of the more robust artwork seen from artists who have worked on titles featuring the character in the past. While his work gets the job done and progresses the story well, the flat detail work and simplistic form has left something to be desired throughout the whole series, and does little to remedy that in the finale.
SUMMARY: While the series was a good way to get some more exposure for Deadpool (not that he needs it) and pay homage to a Marvel classic (The Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe, which, to no one’s surprise, is mentioned by Deadpool himself at one point), this was a series full of potential for something different, that fell quite a bit short of being new or overly exciting. The whole series is worth a read just to see how Deadpool goes about the business of destroying the world he lives in, but readers will likely not remember it for too long as being anything short of another look at Deadpool, in a light not-so-different than many of the others that have been used before.
- THE GOOD: More Brutal Kills, Appearances From Marvel Elite
- THE BAD: More Simplistic Artwork
- THE UGLY: Ended In Disappointing Fashion
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