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Deadpool Killustrated #3 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on March 28, 2013 AT 09:17pm

After hitting the halfway point of yet another Deadpool mini-series last month, Deadpool Killustrated, the follow-up toDeadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, which released last year, this series is finally hitting the meat of their premise. With some major characters hitting the way, Deadpool enlists some historical help to complete his mission of destroying classic literature in order to kill of the superheroes that were inspired by them once and for all. This has gone pretty well so far, with Deadpool taking out several major historical characters each issue, and easily setting it up for more. And with Sherlock Holmes and some other historical heroes on the case to stop this mass murder, it’s only a matter of time (which means the final issue) before Deadpool either succeeds or is finally stopped.

First of all, this is a pretty ridiculous premise. So far, it’s been improved from the last mini-series, but even so, this premise borders on idiotic. With the humor of Deadpool removed, he’s basically been able to channel his inner homicidal maniac, and is going strong into completing his goal of destroying everything in his world. This issue, Deadpool takes on a few more major literary characters, including Doctor Frankenstein and the prominent characters from titles such as The Jungle Book. The writing has a few more jokes, but mostly, it’s a lot of sound effects and narrative, with the still living members of literary history building up to a final confrontation with Deadpool. It’s not much better than the previous installment, but at least it makes some major progress as it heads toward the last issue, and ending this series is enough to celebrate here.

Writer Cullen Bunn is an exceptional talent in the comic book community, but as it’s been stated before, this project doesn’t get the opportunity to show these talents off. He does what he can, but this premise just isn’t very good. This next-tier meta concept works only with Deadpool, and as this and Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe has shown, it doesn’t work too well there either. There’s no real qualms with the writing in this issue, as there is a lot of story based dialog which is done pretty well, this concept just has no real depth, something that Bunn cannot control. He’s been given the task of making a bad idea into a good book, and he’s done everything within his power to make it happen, which is the only way his talent has been through thus far.

Matteo Lolli, Sean Parsons and Veronica Gandini have at least helped to make this an interesting series from a visual standpoint, however. The artwork in this issue is pretty good, and for the most part, has been throughout the series. The content in this issue seems to have called for the art to be a bit more gritty and realistic, something that actually benefits the title itself. The previous issue didn’t have this kind of style, and suffered for it. This time, however, it gets that gritty treatment, and looks quite good because of it.

Summary: With a more realistic artistic style, this book makes a bigger impact on the eyes than the previous issues. However, not much has changed in the story department, with this ridiculous premise finally nearing completion. While the writing is good, the idea isn’t really up to par, causing this issue to suffer pretty heavily from an overabundance of violence and a lack of anything else substantial.

Pros: Strong Artwork, Good Writing

Cons: Ridiculous Story, Lack Of Humor

Grade: C

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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