Review – Deadpool Killustrated

Deadpool Killustrated #1 cover by Mike Del Mundo.

Deadpool Killustrated

Written by Cullen Bunn

Art by Matteo Lolli, Sean Parsons & Veronica Gandini

What could be more fun that having Deadpool, Marvel’s irreverent Merc with the Mouth who has a penchant for breaking, if not outright obliterating, the fourth wall, interact with dozens of the most famous characters in literature? Why, having him shoot, stab and disembowel them, of course! That’s the premise in the ‘Pool-man’s latest miniseries, Deadpool Killustrated. It’s the middle installment in writer Cullen Bunn’s “Deadpool Killogy,” picking up where Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe left off and paving the way for Deadpool Kills Deadpool.

When we last saw our titular hero, he had escaped into the Marvel multiverse after offing all the super-beings in his home reality. (Needless to say, this Deadpool comes from a different universe than our regular Marvel-616 Wade Wilson.) But killing the same heroes and villains in an infinite multiverse was getting tiresome, and seemed like a never-ending quest. That is, until a group of super-smart super-villains inform him of the “ideaverse.” Here reside the characters used as inspirational building blocks to create his prey. If he could eliminate them, kill their very inspiration, then the others should cease to exist. That becomes his new goal and Wade dives into it with gusto, first eliminating the addled knight Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza. From there it’s on to Moby Dick and the crew of the Pequod, then Tom Sawyer, then Dracula, and so on. No one is safe, from the women of Little Women to the animals of The Jungle Book. Wade picks up some help along the way when Dr. Frankenstein uses part of ‘Pool’s brain in bringing his Monster to life. Fiction’s only hope lies in the one man who’s been alerted to Deadpool’s antics, Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective. Alongside his partner Dr. Watson he brings together a group to put an end to the carnage, including monster-slayer Beowulf, tracker Natty Bumppo and warrior Hua Mulan. Will this extraordinary league thwart Wade’s plans? Well, since this is the middle part of the Killogy, you can probably guess…

Bunn writes an excellent Deadpool, making him a tad darker than the Wade we know and love but still sticking to the core of what makes the character so much fun. I’d be fine with him doing some fill-in issues of Wade’s ongoing series or coming aboard when Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan leave. The artwork was top-notch as well. Matteo Lolli is still pretty new in the business, but his pencils walk the fine line of cartoony and realistic to make the graphic violence resonate, especially when aided by veteran inker Sean Parsons. (Heck, they were my pick to handle the art chores on Clobberin’ Time!) If you like Deadpool, but are still wary after the glut of minis and one-shots from a few years ago, give this one a chance. Deadpool Killustrated rates 4.25 out of 5 torpedoed Little Mermaids.

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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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