I have done reviews on other issues of Deadpool, but I have to admit that after this run I pretty much stopped reading him. He became like Wolverine for a while, popping up in every comic. Now that I learned some really great comedians are writing for him, I may pick up the trades, but from here on out, this might be my last Deadpool for a while.
Little backstory for those of you who do not read Deadpool, AKA Wade Wilson, I don’t know what to tell you... Think if Wolverine was crazy as s^%t. That’s Deadpool. He can’t die, which is a big bummer because him and the Marvel personification of Death are in love. This is the story of him trying to die.
Part One #50
There’s a lot here, so I’ll sum up. Deadpool gets X-Force, the Kingpin, and Daken all after the serum. The issues is told in flashbacks, which is confusing as hell but does lend a disjointed ping-poing effect that keep the reader off balance. I suspect this is the case so that the reader will not get bored because for the most part this is not a very action packed issue.
Part Two #51
The gangster Tombstone is the one with the serum! X-Force beats back the Hand while Daken figures out Tombstone’s plan and steals the serum before he can sell it to Kingpin.
This issue had some violence, but mostly Wolverine inspired as he and Typhoid Mary have a memorable fall off a building with a sword and Wolverine and Deadpool playfully flesh wound each other. Beyond that we learn that most of Deadpool’s actions were to sort of start a gang war that can then be used as a smokescreen.
Part Three #52
There’s one notable scene at the beginning where Deadpool keeps Daken in place by strapping C4 to the floor from underneath him in the basement while they talk on the phone. Funny and memorable but otherwise just filler crazy.
X-Force and Deadpool attack Kingpin’s place to get the serum.. for some reason. I may be reading these quickly but I have no idea why they are doing this. Anyway, they do, and Kingpin gets away via parachute Operation Dumbo Drop style because they make them that big. Then Bob stabs Deadpool with the serum and makes him regular people!
Another issue with plenty of action and a really confusing plot. There’s too many people and too many scenes where information is scattered around. I may not be reading it very hard, but com’on, for simplicity sake throw me a bone with at least the recap page.
Part Four #53
We learn that Bob got the serum from Tombstone just cause. Deadpool fights with X-Force (verbally cause he could die now) and teleports away when he decides he wants to die with some flair. Bob tells him that Tombstone wants to kill Deadpool and if he does not get to, Tombstone will kill Bob. Deadpool says he won’t let that happen.
So we learn what happened to the serum in the roulette wheel and that the serum only works on Deadpool so X-Force does not care, however they vow to kill him anyway because his bread is buttered all kinds of wrong.
This is just a bunch of dominoes at this point, they were set up and now that someone has slammed the door they are all falling except they are falling out of control instead of in order. The best part about this issue is the “friendship” of Deadpool and Bob. There’s some real abuse here but also some caring and a nice moment when they break down their relationship. I’m for it.
Part Five #54
Tombstone shows up to kill Bob but Deadpool stops the gangster with a truck. Deadpool and Bob change into regular clothes but are stopped at the train station by X-Force. Deadpool gives a very touching speech where he asks Wolverine and Friends to spare him so he can save his friend Bob from Tombstone’s revenge. Deadpool leaves and we see everybody gearing up to kill the crap outta him (they don’t, spoiler alert).
This is notable issue for three reasons:
- Deadpool’s face. Without the healing factor “curse,” Wade Wilson is a normal looking dude able to pass as regular people. His voice is still in yellow balloons (also a suspicious lack of double brain balloons...) but he looks great.
- Deadpool is regular. Without a healing factor, Deadpool is still a master assassin and very effective, however he seems to not be as crazy which may hurt with the planning.
- The speech. That really is a well written, well drawn speech full of feeling. Also, there’s a moment at the end between Deadpool and Wolverine that is very touching as you realize that Wolverine can’t seem to die either and he views Deadpool as free now.
On a whole, this was an excellent series of comics. Very confusing at first and with a few too many characters and groups running around, the run is a bit of a mess but solidifies at the end with a real growth of character. This is a must read for Deadpool fans and enjoyable to any comic fans. Because of the massive amount of continuity and in-jokes, though, I cannot recommend for new readers.