Comic Book Review: Deadpool #1
There’s one regret I tend to have about Deadpool series. I normally get into them very fast, but somewhere along the way I drop out, and it is probably because there’s not enough of a hook in contrast to other books ongoing. So this was another chance for me to see what Deadpool had to offer. I found myself thoroughly impressed this time around because it was about time a writer like Skottie Young was given the opportunity to try his hand at the Merc With a Mouth.
The reason I say that Skottie Young is the best man for the job, is because he didn’t give a damn about the dialogue of Deadpool. He got to stretch his legs with the things that Deadpool is able to say, and clearly got more than enough practice doing so with Rocket Raccoon before. From the minute this issue began, it was classic Deadpool doing what he does best which is creating a scene and doing so just for the sake of isolating his target. The trouble he faced felt like a Deadpool kind of encounter where he faces someone who is out of his league in power, but finds the most ridiculous way to beat said person which some might consider over-the-top. The reason for said job was just as hilarious when the client was right under our noses. Now as a new #1 issue, the big question was what would drive the main plot. Their answer for this was priceless for the fact that Deadpool finds himself trying so hard to put himself in the spotlight and yet the spotlight comes to him naturally.
I don’t think you could ever forget the fact that the majority of this issue, Deadpool finds himself half-naked. If there’s one thing I don’t mind saying without disclosure, it was that thing alone which was gold. I’m pretty sure I spent a majority of my time wondering just when he would get a new change of clothes, and his alternative just drove the whole thing home.
One thing I loved most about this issue is how they have decided that the movie version of Negasonic Teenage Warhead should replace the former comic counterpart. This was a change I could roll with. In most case it would be arguable that the movies should not influence the comics, but this was one of those times where the change was for the best. If there was anyone you would want from the movies to inconsequentially crossover in into the comics, she fit the bill for the banter alone. I would love to also see how they tackle the change in powers as well.
Nic Klein’s artwork was stunning for this first issue.I was blown away by the detail in his work between what was humorous or violent. There’s nothing more to love about an artist who knows how to abuse a hero like Deadpool. He gets himself pummeled and he sparred no detail, he gets himself blown to high heaven and no detail was sparred capturing the cancerous body. I almost died of laughter at the way he blurred out DP’s privates and threw on the logo on top for good measure. Brilliant might be the better word to use, and that was on top of the impressive rendering of his skin that really makes you cringe for the accuracy. The later use of the dolls to cover up said area was just the icing on the cake. When it came to the way Negasonic was drawn, I liked that they fully brought the movie version in while at the same time making some changes that are more fitting for a comic version. That aside, the splash page of the big bad was marvelous. That is what you call a work of art for the creativity that went into the character, the space bike, and the colors that did not go to waste making this one page look like the kind of concept art you do for video games or a movie.
Deadpool is indeed back in business. It seems that his time being a big star superhero has been put on halt for the Merc With a Mouth getting back to his roots. This first issue was action-packed, beautifully violent, exposed, witty, and just about anything that you would associate with Deadpool in general. If you are looking for humor without the need for sympathy, then this is the book that needs to be in your pull-list.