Posted on February 28, 2013 AT 11:17pm
Deadpool is going on another murder spree in the follow-up to Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated. Instead of taking out the allies and enemies he’s made in his own universe, Deadpool has established that the only way to rid the world of these heroes is to kill the classic characters that inspired them. In the last issue, this series hit was a disappointing foray into the classics of literature, and while the series has improved in the latest installment, going after the classics of the literary world doesn’t seem to suit Deadpool much.
In this issue, Deadpool is now attempting to be thwarted by not only the men who inspired him to head through the dimensional gateway to kill all of the classic characters of the world, but by the greatest detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes. In his treks, the Merc With A Mouth has decided to cross a few other foes off his list, including the cover character, Tom Sawyer. This issue has some improved humor and a better grasp on the plot structure, with the twist of an antagonist to Deadpool making a great impact on the story, but in the end, it still falls a bit short as far as progression goes, remaining to be a basic “Deadpool goes crazy (well, crazier) and kills even more people” story.
The writing by Cullen Bunn has steadily improved throughout this series and the last, with the follow-up creating a much better story than its predecessor, but this story doesn’t really fit the style of Bunn’s talents, or as a viable story in general. It’s a bit too ridiculous, and considering that the current run of Deadpool’s solo series has him fighting zombie Presidents at the moment, that’s saying something.
The art team of Matteo Lolli, Sean Parsons and Veronica Gandini, on the other hand, have done a great job on the visual side of this story. While the writing is lacking in some of the classic Deadpool style, the art looks much better than its predecessor, giving the seminal Deadpool run with artist Paco Medina a run for its money. Hopefully this trend will continue, as it’s one of the main reasons that this book is working in any substantial way.
Summary: While this issue is markedly improved from the inaugural issue (something that gives this limited series a beacon of hope), it’s still not quite the Deadpool story that should be being told. While the premise is fun for the initial thrill, once it wears off, there isn’t much of substance inside this tale. With its major improvements between issues, there is a lot of hope within this series, and after the second installment, it’s deserved.
The Good: Strong Artwork, Improved Writing
The Bad: Off-Mark Humor
The Ugly: Weak Premise
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