Review – Deadpool #1-6

Deadpool #1 cover by Geof Darrow & Peter Doherty

Deadpool #1-6

Written by Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan

Art by Tony Moore & Val Staples

You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger Deadpool fan than me here at PoP!. I’ve stated on numerous occasions that he’s my favorite comic character, possibly even my favorite fictional character of all time. So when his new series rolled out as part of Marvel NOW! it was a no-brainer that I’d pick it up. I’ll admit, I was a bit apprehensive. For me, nothing can top the greatness of the dear, departed Cable & Deadpool series. Daniel Way’s run with Wade was hit or miss for me. I was never a big fan of “Pool-O-Vision,” but the dueling narrative boxes were a nice addition. Now here came Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan, two writers I was only vaguely familiar with, and Posehn mainly because of his acting career. I’m happy to say it looks like I was worried for nothing. If the first arc is any indication, the new Deadpool series will stay on my pull-list for a very long time.

The first six issues see S.H.I.E.L.D. facing a dilemma. A well-intentioned necromancer has revived all the deceased Presidents of the United States of America. Unfortunately, they’ve returned as evil zombies bent on worldwide devastation. When Captain America beheading Harry S. Truman somehow brings bad publicity, who can the organization call on to handle the threat? Why everyone’s favorite assassin with elan Deadpool, of course! Teamed with (or babysat by) Agent Emily Preston, the Merc with the Mouth slices, dices, and explodes his way through the undead POTUSes. He’s aided in the quest by Michael, the aforementioned necromancer, the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, and none other than Doctor Strange himself. The latter not only plants the seeds for a future story, but running into Franklin brings up an extremely obscure bit of Marvel continuity when he mentions that he’s still not forgiven Franklin for sleeping with his girlfriend Clea in a time-travel story back in the ’70s. But forget all that, the main thrust of the story is Wade battling the Ex-Presidents. One by one they fall, from F.D.R. and Nixon to Lincoln and Reagan, with Wade cracking wise the whole time. Finally, it’s the big showdown between Deadpool and George Washington in the heart of Washington D.C., and only one can emerge the victor. As if there’s any doubt, just look at whose name is on the cover. It’s a hard fought battle with real consequences though, and an interesting new status quo for Wade as well.

Without a doubt this is the best Deadpool has been in years. Posehn & Duggan nail the character in their first go, having him fling blades and one-liners with equal gusto. Tony Moore’s cartoonish style is a perfect fit for the over-the-top violence, ably aided by Val Staples’s bright coloring work. Deadpool is funny, bloody, and action packed. That said, I can understand if the book isn’t for everyone. The humor is in turns broad and dark, and as I said before there’s lots of pretty brutal violence, though it’s mostly played for comedy. Give this bit a look:

From Deadpool #2.

If you liked that, then you’d dig the whole first arc. If not, you might as well steer clear and leave great comics like this to the rest of us. Deadpool #1-6 scorches 4.25 out of 5 burning elephants.

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As one of the co-founders of Panels on Pages, Robert Eddleman will happily read any comic that catches his interest, regardless of publisher. Aside from comics and PoP!, his other passions include worshipping Joss Whedon, getting lost in TV Tropes, and watching muscled men hit each other with folding chairs.

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  1. I love Deadpool and this arc calmed my fears. Like you, I loved Cable & Deadpool. I really dug Lyle Baker's Deadpool MAX as well, but this arc was pretty great. Can't wait for more.

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