Comic Book Review: Deadpool #8


This run of Deadpool has been a wild ride. Up to this run from Scottie Young, we were a bit more used to Deadpool following the same rules as every other hero. You know? Linear stories, heartbreaking drama, doing things that made sense. I’m glad that for these past eight issues, all of that has been thrown out the window for what you know you invest in with the Merc With a Mouth. We’re back to expected the unexpected and plenty of shenanigans. Last month was fighting Santa Claus, this month, who knew?

We all knew that we were bracing ourselves for talking animals. But this? Brilliant work for what little time this creative team wasted throwing us into the madness of Deadpool’s next mission. Just when you think you have seen everything, you then have talking animals caught up in a twisted rivalry between two competing amusement parks. Santa Claus wasn’t hard to imagine Deadpool encountering, but this was something else. Outside of Howard the Duck or Bats (Doctor Strange’s Ghost Dog), you wouldn’t think that talking animals would just be roaming around like this. Then again, you could chock up this surprise to the fact that the days of Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal are before MANY of our times. Bold is the best word to use when they have decided to use two characters that were created all the way back in the 1940s.

Nonetheless, an exciting mission set up when one of these talking animals wants Deadpool to kill the other. For the sake of transparency, let’s just say that the one handing out this mission is Silly Seal. It was very funny that he would be willing to take this job, what he had to do to get into Ziggyland, and the amount of bloodshed he created when he got to where he needed to be. Everything is sillier when you’re watching the brains blast outside of those animal costumes, and silly only lasts so long before the bullets run out. He only really had one obstacle this time around, and it was pretty clever. For all the talk of memory wipes, the one thing that would hurt him most to remember was thrown right in his orbit. That alone added a sense of heartbreak to this story when there is someone he should remember, but doesn’t, and doing things around someone he knows, and shouldn’t.

The writing for Silly Seal and his competitor was genius. Without their charade, they were something else. I would say that their personalities were very fitting for characters created during their time. Deadpool’s hit in particular stood out for this very reason and I know that Young must have had a blast writing two characters who required so much censoring.

There was a running joke since the start of this issue pointing out that some readers may be out there comparing this run of Deadpool to Duggan’s. In other words, saying that Duggan’s run was better. Honestly, I don’t see how one person’s writing of this character can be compared to the other’s. Deadpool is a character who is supposed to be able to change on a dime. Even if that change comes from the decision to erase his memories.

Parental Advisory is meant for books like this. Plenty of mainstream books use it, but none of them would be bold enough to give you the kind of slaughter that occurred in this issue. Speaking of things distinguishing about this run of Deadpool, Nic Klein’s work is one of those things that for me became a must-have for this book. He says this issue was fun, and every flip of the page looked like he had fun drawing this as well. He shook things up this time around where the graphic nature of his art wasn’t thrust upon Deadpool getting hurt. This time around the focus was on the kind of damage that he could inflict upon other people. There were a few pages here and there where he got into some gruesome detail and that takes some patience to aim to give us an image of what these people in animal suits look like inside and out. Everything about the action of this job was simply Klein unapologetically having fun with the line that does not exist for Wade. Not even around a kid. That kid’s expressions in particular stood out because it felt like she was us watching this madness unfold as well. As for Silly Seal and his foe? I couldn’t help but love the way that they were drawn. Everything familiar about them, but with a realistic touch that makes them both angry and bitter. You didn’t think they would be sunshine and rainbows, did you?

Another issue of Deadpool that gave us a definite start and finish to his latest shenanigans. This was a mission for the books for everything ridiculous, violent, and unfortunate for the Merc With a Mouth who crossed paths with the one person you wish he could remember. Part of me wants to call it a dirty move from this creative team, but at the same time is it great to know that certain things have not been overwritten.

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