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Art by Tony Moore
Size: 32 pages
I’m not afraid to report that Deadpool has never really caught on with me, The Liefeld era X-force never appealed so the characters inception passed me by and during the last decade or so when that blank masked face seemed to reach the kind of ubiquity verging on comparison to Wolverine’s publishing schedule I was (thankfully) enjoying something of an extended sabbatical from the majority of the “Big Two’s” publishing. My limited exposure and understanding of Deadpool was (and in many ways still is) as follows; a one-note joke that seemed to draw on comics lowest common denominators.
This all changed with Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, not only was I buying my first X-title in about 15 years but I was really, really enjoying it… and it featured Wolverine… AND BLOODY DEADPOOL! Was it me that had changed or the characters? probably a little bit of both. But mostly I think it was down to the masterful manipulations of Remender and his cohorts, I suddenly “got the joke” for a while anyway.
The points is this made me a bit more open to try new things, even if those new things were just fancy repackaging of old things (it’s not a reboot though… apparently). When Marvel first started announcing it’s Marvel Now! titles the Deadpool relaunch barely registered on my radar, as usual with Deadpool I had developed a convenient blind spot. Then I looked at the cover image, “that can’t be Geoff Darrow?” *looks closer* “IT IS GEOFF DARROW!” wow, what a coup! I’m pretty used to the promotional trappings of comics though so I went about my day until the following months solicits and Pow! another Darrow cover. Time to find out what’s going on inside, Tony Moore’s interior art is bold, detailed and most importantly fun, this is complemented with an excellent colour palette that really helps this book to stand out. The emphasis here is certainly on fun and this is definitely not the Deadpool I had begrudgingly warmed to over in UXF, he sits much closer (so far) to the type-A slapstick clown that I usually associate with the character. I don’t know anything about the two guys writing the book except they are comedians apparently, this seems to suit this book well though. The script is fast paced and the scenario is novel inviting some fun wordplay in the narrative, especially from the villains.
The ‘outsourcing’ the problem to Deadpool makes complete sense within the context of the situation and opens up plenty of ongoing stories beyond this arc. The choice of threat here is especially enjoyable coming off the back of weeks and weeks of US presidential elections being in the media, surely it is no coincidence that this book is debuting the week the results are decided? There is a lot of potential here for this to be another successful and distinct solo book from Marvel just like the current ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Hawkeye’ series, although this title seems to have more in common with Image titles in both aesthetics and execution than anything currently coming from Marvel.
Hopefully there will be a lot more topical satire and over the top action in the coming months and avoid the more obvious one-dimensional trappings that kept me away from Deadpool in previous iterations.
At the moment this book is a whole lot of fun and has my recommendation.
Art: 3 - Good