Review – Deadpool Kills Deadpool

Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2 cover by Mike del Mundo.

Deadpool Kills Deadpool

Written by Cullen Bunn

Art by Salva Espin & Veronica Gandini

It all started when Deadpool killed the Marvel Universe. It continued when he killed various literary characters. Now it comes full circle with suicide as only the Regeneratin’ Degenerate could imagine it. Yes, the perfectly named Deadpool Killogy has wrapped up in perhaps the only way it could, with Deadpool Kills Deadpool. Cullen Bunn returns to chronicle the carnage, this time accompanied by artists Salva Espin and Veronica Gandini. And boy, what carnage there is.

After ending existence by killing off the Ideaverse didn’t work,  Deadpool of Earth-12101 (hereafter referred to as Dreadpool for simplicity’s sake) tried a new approach. If he himself, and all his mulitversal counterparts, were the only ones to realize they were actually just fictional comic book characters, maybe Deadpool himself is the lynchpin of all reality. With all of the Deadpools eliminated he believed his quest would finally come to an end. So once again Dreadpool traversed the multiverse, but this time instead of going it solo he recruited an army of like-minded Deadpools to do his bidding. Thankfully, not all Deadpools saw things his way, and a small band struck out on their own. That’s right, it’s the return of the Deadpool Corps! Lady Deadpool! Kidpool! Dogpool! Though Headpool gets offed in the first issue, the zombie head is replaced with two familiar recruits: the Deadpool of Earth-10310 (Deadpool Pulp) and Golden Age Deadpool (seen in Captain America: Who Won’t Wield the Shield). They’re guided to recruit our regular Earth-616 Deadpool by a member of the Watchers whose duty it is to observe all the Deadpools in existence. (Man, those Watchers just can’t help themselves, can they?)

Pandapool, the species who endangers you!

Our familiar Wade Wilson joins up, but Dreadpool’s forces strike and his allies start dropping one by one. Making a surprise return is Evil Deadpool, the nefarious amalgamation of Wade’s discarded body parts last seen in Daniel Way’s Deadpool series. What’s not surprising is that he’s hooked up with Dreadpool. Luckily, our heroes get some backup in the form of the fierce Pandapool, the species that endangers you! (And quite possibly the character find of 2013.) All out war follows, with just about any variation of Deadpool you could think of. Venompool! Beard of Beespool! Motorpool! Spiralpool! Poolverine! Deadpool the Duck! Deadpool Dinosaur! D.E.A.D.P.O.O.L.! Grootpool! Hawkpool! Knightpool! Even Galactuspool! Of course when the dust settles it all comes down to our Deadpool and Dreadpool. Seeing as how Deadpool’s got his own series to star in the ending is a bit of a forgone conclusion, but that doesn’t mean it’s in any way less epic a showdown.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bunn writes a great Deadpool. Though I was a bit saddened to see the Deadpool Corps killed off, they were really only a one-note gag that had served their purpose and weren’t being used anywhere. Plus it’s comics, so any of them could easily be resurrected. As good as Bunn is, this mini is really Espin’s time to shine. I’ve been a fan since his work on World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control, and he’s no stranger to Deadpool himself. He outdoes himself with the legions of alternate Deadpools seen in this mini, from the ones who get more page time to the ones who only appear in a single background shot. Gandini’s colors make his art pop off the page with bright hues that contrast the violent action. Not only is Deadpool Kills Deadpool a fitting final installment of the Deadpool Killogy, it stands pretty well on its own too. And the good news for us Deadheads (Poolpeeps?) is that Bunn will be pitting the ‘Poolman against zombies in the upcoming Night of the Living Deadpool. Sounds like a violent good time. Deadpool Kills Deadpool nets 4 out of 5 Sharkpools.

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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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