I was smart when I was in diapers. Now I’m more in the unparalleled genius range. — Quentin Quire – Wolverine and the X-Men #5
I was smart when I was in diapers. Now I’m more in the unparalleled genius range.
Deadpool, hot off his appearance in the Wolverine movie a couple of years ago got his own ongoing series. Sadly he get launched right into Secret Invasion, one of Marvels weaker crossovers from the last few years. Luckily I read Secret Invasion and to save you both time and money will sum up whatever you need to know so as to enjoy the first half of this trade. Secret Invasion has Skrulls (green shape shifting aliens) who have used super hero DNA to craft Super Skrulls, who they use to try and take down earth heroes. Enter Deadpool, who ends up having to face a whole ship worth of Skrulls on his own, nothing like expendable alien soldiers and a group of unsuspecting commanders to face the merc with a mouth.
Art by: Paco Medina
Age: Older Teens
I can go through the story explaining why you may or may not like Deadpool but I’ve got a better system in mind for this review, I’m going to list a bunch of stuff that occur in this comic and if more than a few seem stupid to you then I would probably avoid this book. Sports mascots with guns, explosions, Deadpool training Deadpool Skrulls, guns, Pool-O-Vision, breaking the fourth wall, T & A, plastic explosive chairs, zampires (not a typo zombie+vampires= zampires), more guns, evil plastic surgeons, explosions, and lots of betrayal.
If you’re still reading then I will assume several things off the list were to your liking, just to clarify there are two stories in this trade, the second has to do with Deadpool being hired to go kill some zampires, I don’t want people getting their hopes up thinking they will get zampires and aliens all in one big story. The art duties are split in this book, with Medina doing the first story and Barberi doing the second, this is your typical superhero art with basic layouts; both artists get the job done no more no less.
Simply put Deadpool is a bit like a stoner comedy, either you love it or hate it, this book is shamelessly what it is, some people will swear by it while others will consider it an embarrassment to even hold the book. If you are still unsure I would suggest reading the first few pages if you can or grabbing the first issue at a MGC (Marvels Greatest Comics) edition for a $1, this will give you a very solid idea of what to expect.