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Art by Tony Moore
Colors by Val Staples
Cover by Geoff Darrow & Gurihiru
Size: 0 pages
“Should we talk about the elephant in the room?…Cause it’s on fire.”
That line happens late in this issue and without spoiling anything it made me realize this is the Deadpool comic that was promised to me. While everyone and their mother’s LOVED the first issue of this new volume of Deadpool, I found myself liking it more than loving it. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great first issue. But it didn’t make me laugh as much as it should for a Deadpool comic. Well thankfully this issue not only delivers on the laughs but cements my faith on Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn’s as Deadpool writers.
I could not stop laughing throughout this issue. Sure there were some clunkers, as is with any comedy book, but man there was a lot to smile about here. First off, I loved these guys take on Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt. Unlike last time, they put their real personality to them instead of being mindless (and violent) zombies. Also, considering I’ve been reading a lot about our presidents lately, I have a much better appreciation on what they’re writing. Even if you don’t get they’re being accurate with the presidents, there is more then enough jokes to love here. Whether it be Deadpool acting incredibly dumb (even for him), or a lovely Looney Tunes homage, to just seeing an Elephant burst into flames; I laughed pretty much from the first page to the last. It is a dumb, really dumb actually, comic book and it clearly is what these two guys do best at writing. (That is a compliment!)
The cartooning by TONY Moore (won’t mess up this time on the name) is what should be looked at here. I knew he was a great artist beforehand but I didn’t realize how perfect he is for a character like Deadpool. He times all of the jokes so perfectly this issue. Again, the Looney Tunes homage is funny in here but it only works because he lays it out exactly like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Timing like that is peppered throughout the issue and it only works because of the layouts. Also, he can handle the violence to a scary degree in this issue. There is literally a page on this issue that made me horrified because of how violent it was. Its as dark as you’ll get in a comedy book. Also, he is able to draw everything with incredible detail. Whether it be an elephant (which has to be a pain in the ass to draw) or zombies rising from the ground; everything just looks amazing to look at here. It’s almost unfair to have such gorgeous pages be delivered for a character like Deadpool.
By the time I finished reading this issue I finally figured out why everyone loved the first one so much to begin with. This is one truly, funny comic book and finally Deadpool has some worthy writers to write some demented stuff for him to do. It’s not everyday you see an Elephant get roasted while carrying the corpse of our 26th President. But damn if Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn doesn’t deliver on one truly amazing issue. TONY Moore’s cartooning really brings home the humor and his gorgeous art is practically spoiling a Deadpool fan such as myself. I haven’t been this excited for a Deadpool comic since….well since Daniel Way’s very first issue of his run so many years ago. I really hope we see more of this in this new run and not a ‘hit or miss’ mentality every single month though.
Art: 5 - Excellent