Posted on January 23, 2013 AT 08:32pm
Cullen Bunn has returned with a brand new story starring Deadpool. After tackling the Merc With A Mouth in his last series, Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, Bunn brings forth the second wave of homicidal justice in this series which instead of seeing Deadpool kill all the fan favorite heroes of the universe (and the alternate universes that also exist), shows him moving through space and time killing the characters of classic literature. It’s this type of premise that brings forth the thought of “Another Deadpool book? Why?” but also keeps hardcore fans interested, at least until they start reading it.
To be clear: the first issue of this limited (four issue) series did not get off on the wrong foot. Whether that be the premise, the writing, or some combination of the two is unclear, but this is not a great entry into the Deadpool canon. After killing every hero of his universe (and of dozens of other universes), a task he deemed necessary after finding out he lived in a fictional world dictated by people who wrote himself and everyone else he knows into existence, Deadpool realizes that for every hero he kills, another will take their place. To remedy this, he goes after the characters that inspired the creation of the heroes he deemed fit to be slaughtered. That thought leads him to jump into the tales of Don Quixote and Moby Dick, and the premise for the follow-up book is as confusing as it is unnecessary. The series, and the character as a whole, suffer for it.
The first limited series, Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, was a fun premise that eventually got really old, crippled by a faulty plot line full of violence and gore without much substance. Killustrated does just that, adding into it the fact that it’s been done before, and that the “meta” existence of Deadpool is taken to an extreme degree that loses the silliness that it carried in the earlier runs of his solo series. Creating this murderous, but dull, Deadpool makes a mockery out of the character himself to the point that being this self-aware is a confounding and ridiculous idea, even for Deadpool, whose entire existence borders on being ridiculous.
Writer Cullen Bunn isn’t a bad writer, in fact he’s a very capable and talent member of the Marvel writing stable. However, if this issue and the previous mini-series are any indication, Deadpool may not be in his wheelhouse. The plot structure and pacing are both done very well, but the premise and story itself are so ridiculously terrible that it may make fans wonder why this series even exists. From the overdone premise to the Daniel Way-esque thought bubbles, this entire series is full of tired references and second-hand ideas. Despite Deadpool being an incredibly popular character that has many stories to tell, this shouldn’t be one of them. The first mini-series started off well but then dipped, and if the first issue of this series is any indication, Deadpool Killustrated will do the same, only without it ever being entertaining in the first place.
On the plus side, the artwork by Mateo Lolli, Sean Parsons and Veronica Gandini is very well done. The lines are crisp and the figures are well-drawn and detailed, with an (ironic) lighter look as opposed to previous entries in the Deadpool canon, but nonetheless the artwork is the finest point of this series, though as the above has stated, there isn’t much else to like about this series.
Summary: This is not a great entry into the Marvel universe, and the graphic content warning on the front cover does nothing but bring a fleeting glimpse of something a bit more down Deadpool’s alley in terms of language and violence. Both, along with countless other facets such as plot and overall entertainment, fail to live up to expectations, and this follow-up to a series that should have never found shelves has lived up the reputation of sequels to lackluster series: worse the the first to the point of its entire existence being questioned.
The Good: Strong Artwork And Structure
The Bad: Poor Overall Plot And Content
The Ugly: Terrible Premise
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