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Deadpool Killustrated #4 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on April 25, 2013 AT 08:19pm

Just like that, it all ends. The final issue of Deadpool Killustrated has arrived, and with it comes a story of the Merc With Too Many Books trying once again to kill everything in his path. This time he’s attempting to destroy the world by killing the literary influences that inspired the heroes he attempted to kill in Deadpool Kills The Deadpool Universe. The first disappointing series is followed by this one, with Deadpool squaring off against Sherlock Holmes and many others as they attempt to stop the murderous maniac.

This issue ends the four part mini-series in an incredibly disappointing fashion, ending the twenty-two page issue with a severely anti-climactic end that answers very little and makes the entire series feel like a pointless foray into a mini-series that wasn’t properly explored in the first place. While there’s lots of killing, bloody action and ridiculous humor, all of it seems to have no real point as a form of comic book entertainment. Holmes and his crew meet Deadpool as he attempts to destroy the Ideaverse, a realm of all the combined forms of ideas. As he kills the literary influences of the Marvel characters, they die with them, until they don’t. Yeah.

Writer Cullen Bunn (as mentioned before) is a great writer, whose work is heralded throughout the comic book community as being incredibly well done. Unfortunately for Bunn, this series was doomed before he picked up the pencil. What was a fun idea at its inception became a bit of overkill after the first mini-series concluded, and adding this second mini-series was a poor choice. This issue ends far too soon with no clear resolution, something that from a writing standpoint is incredibly infuriating. While the plot flow (until the abrupt ending) is well done and Bunn’s writing is solid, the concept is so flawed that few writers could bring it out of the hellish nightmare that is the premise of this book.

The artwork by the team of Sean Parsons, Veronica Gandini and Matteo Lolli is one of the few bright spots in this series. The artwork is done in a great Marvel style, with solid detail work and wonderful coloring. The team kept up the great Marvel form by making this a visually appealing issue, though the content itself presents an issue. The art team did well with what it had to go with, however, so much respect goes out to them for their work on this series.

Summary: To be frank, this issue, and the series as a whole, was a complete bust. While the artwork was solid, the entire premise is so irrepairably flawed that nothing could have saved it. Through the four issues, a story of murder through realities was built up with no payoff, complimented with bad humor and conceptual hurdles that were never cleared. While the disappointment is mostly based on the popularity of the Deadpool character, this series is a perfect case of overusing a character to the point where new attempts to explore stories with the character fall incredibly flat.

Pros: Solid art,  good plot progression.

Cons: Poor concept, underwhelming story.

Grade: D

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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