Hola! Here we are again with another look into my big ass pile of unread comics, this time featuring the Merc With the Mouth, Deadpool. I covered a Deadpool comic earlier this year, but felt the need to go ahead and push through and catch myself up with the ones that were left and man... To say Deadpool got strange is a strange sentence indeed. As usual, spoilers, spoilers.
#45, Part One: Hello, Mr. Fancy-Pants.
This issue charts both ‘Pools getting from England to America. Evil Deadpool hijacks a billionaire’s plane, sets fire to the billionaire, shoots the crew and ends up at a Chimichanga restaurant in New Jersey with the plane crashing into a bridge behind him. Deadpool himself, meanwhile, stows away on a cargo ship, eats dog food, has an existential crisis about not being able to die, then kills the crew and saves their cargo which just happens to be a bunch of women held up in cargo to be... dorked by the highest or lowest bidded, and then sits on a bridge with a suicide guy.
The same artist and writer are the same throughout this story, so I will save my comments on those aspects for the full arc review. As a Deadpool book, this issue really goes out there in terms of violence and wackiness. We get to see the differences in Deadpool’s personality as opposed to a crazy violent murderer that his evil counterpart seems to be. His genuine pain over not being able to die as well as the basic kindness he shows the cargo women (does sex slave sound better?) carry over even when he is being a crazy killer chasing a man with an ax because at least he kills evil people for a good reason. Evil Deadpool, who for brevity sake I’m just calling Evilpool until the comic gives him a better name (Darkpool, DeadEvil, Deadparts...hmmm) does violent acts seemingly without reason, a dark trait Deadpool seems to have shed. We shall see as this series goes on.
#46, Part Two: Come Get Some
After not killing the man who was trying to commit suicide after they were both thrown off a bridge that was hit by a plane flown by Evilpool, Deadpool finds his favorite chimichanga place in fiery ruins. That’s an average sentence for this comic. Evilpool is there claiming credit, so they both fight for a bit and shoot at each other. They agree it would be a whole lot cooler with bigger guns, so they set a meeting time and place. Evilpool catches Deadpool at a random gun drop of his and explosions happen cause sure. Evilpool runs away just as Captain America shows up.
Best part about this issue: Deadpool finding out fighting an unpredictable asshole who knows all your moves is a pain in the ass. Best part is that asshole happens to be him.
Worst part: Few forth wall jokes. While he does reference past issues that lead to the various body parts falling off that make up Evilpool, this could have been a great opportunity to point out knowledge of things that he could not know. More of a gripe as this is overall a tight and fun issue.
#47, Part Three: You’re Going Down
Captain Freaking America is for some reason in a Deadpool book and is kicking the crap outta Deadpool for all the plane crashing and sploding. Deadpool turns the tables on him and gets away. In the meantime, Evilpool is making a deal with Mr. Negative to kill a child, later learned to be the police chiefs. Cause it’s evil.
Deadpool attempts to scoop Evilpool on the child killing by kidnapping a kid to draw out Evilpool, but it shows that Evilpool has knocked out Captain America.
I’ll say it: Captain America looks like a chump in this issue and I am conflicted. In some ways, I kinda like the no-nonsense Cap angered beyond reproach and ready to kick ass. Very American. In other ways... Come’on. You can beat the guy, but don’t embarrass him. The only thing worse I can think they could do to the character would be to pants him in the next issue.
Also, I laughed out loud at the horror of that crying little boy and the statement of “I’m gonna kill the %$#% outta this kid.”
And they wasted the J. Jonah Jameson appearance.
#48, Part Four: Just me, baby
Deadpool is strapped with explosives in a car with a small boy and surrounded by cops. Evilpool is holed up with the chief’s kids. Captain America is talking with JJJ and Interpol (lead by a tetraplegic, think Stephen Hawking) as Interpol takes over the case. That’s how this starts. Deadpool has the boy defecate in a bag. He throws the bag out loaded with explosives and brings down a building, making his escape. Evilpool is busy telling Mr. Negative how he’s gonna get the chief to kill his own children while feeding said children dead birds.
I cannot say that I enjoyed the poop humor really. The rest of the issue is pretty standard Deadpool, with a flavor of menace. I enjoy the respect that Captain America gives Deadpool, if not for him as a person at least for his ability to wreak holy hell on any plan put against him. I did find it odd that Evilpool would not do anything to Cap after he knocked him out at the end of the last issue. I mean, at least dress him in a tutu or something.
#49, Part Five: Hail to the King, Baby
Deadpool gets tired of the “lesson” Evilpool has been trying to teach him that everyone hates him, so he gathers up all the weapons ever and goes a’killin. Back at good guy base, Captain America is shamed by the tetrapalegic. Deadpool shows up at the place where the kids are somehow right before the police chief does. After a brief fight, Evilpool is blowed up and the Captain and the kids go free. Evilpool is back and the two of them have a share circle of two where the talk about how ugly they are. Captain America shows up with the other cops and they shoot the shit outta Evilpool. Right before Evilpool is filled with hot lead, a dart hits his neck that turns him normal and he dies!
I could not decide whether or not this issue wanted Captain America to be shamed into being an asshole or just an asshole all together. I mean, he is trying to do the right thing, then gets shit on. Whatever. I liked the suprise ending with Evilpool being cured, but felt the emotional center was taken out of the entire story.
A good story with well written dialog that lead to less spectacular characters. The heavy handed moments were good, but did not fit with the spontanieous goofball that would follow soon after. I loved the art style, especially the coloring and the character design. The arm facing the wrong way was an inspired choice, but the delivery and natural feel was great.. Overall this was a fun read, but nothing classic or truly memorable.