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Deadpool #54

Review: Deadpool #54 – Deadpool is Dead, Long Live Deadpool

Deadpool #54
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Ale Garza [Penciler], Sean Parsons [Inker], Dommo Sanchez Amara [Colorist]

Deadpool finally gets what he wanted, but does he still want it and is it too late to go back?

After setting off a massive goose chase for a serum that could allegedly negate mutant powers, Deadpool is finally “cured” of his healing factor–but not before some of the most dangerous people in the world find out that he was always aware that the serum only works on him. The serum, as it turns out, is made from DNA samples taken from a lock of Wade’s childhood hair. It even has some unexpected side-effects that are likely to have a huge impact on the character going forward–but I won’t spoil that here.

By altering the character in several ways, Daniel Way has shown his willingness to take a risk and step outside of the traditional Deadpool formula. Deadpool’s new status quo makes a ton of new stories possible, which will hopefully (I’ve got my fingers crossed) allow Daniel Way to stay on the book for another 50 issues.

Despite what certain people around here have to say about me never having anything bad to say about Deadpool, I stand by my belief that this book has been one of the most consistently fun, leave-your-brain-at-the-door reads on my pull list since I started picking it up four years ago. For anyone willing to put aside their “everything should be super serious and full of meaning” comic book elitism, now is as good a time as any to jump on.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10

Deadpool #53

Review: Deadpool #53 – Marked For Death

Deadpool #53
Writer:  Daniel Way
Art:  Ale Garza [Penciler], Sean Parsons [Inker], Dommo Sanchez Amara [Colorist]

After setting in motion a plan that involved his X-Force teammates, HYDRA Bob, Kingpin, Daken, and Tombstone before quickly spiraling out of control, Deadpool has finally been injected with a serum that can make him killable.

Having been seemingly betrayed by his best friend, HYDRA Bob, Deadpool teleports (with Bob) to an undisclosed location shortly before Tombstone can snipe him.  Bob reveals that, having seen the mayhem Deadpool was creating, he could take no more.  For some reason, he thought giving Wade mortality would make him step back from the ledge.  (Remember, Deadpool wants to die.)

Anyways, the Merc With a Mouth telports out of the conversation with Bob long enough to gloat to X-Force about how he won, and to apologize for Wolverine getting shot with the “mutant-negating” serum, as well.  Wolverine, however, is alive and well, and he and the rest of X-Force–now in on the lie–inform Wade that the serum only works on him.

Now with his X-Force teammates out to kill him, as well, Deadpool teleports back to Bob, who brings him around to the realization that he hasn’t considered how his death will impact others.  Bob, for one, will most likely be killed by Tombstone, since the deal he made to get the serum centered around Bob setting Deadpool up for the kill.

This scene in particular has anti-suicide undertones in it, and they’re done pretty well.  One thing Daniel Way does well when the opportunity arises is inserting subtle morals in these stories, which isn’t something you’d expect when you’re reading a comic about a hideously deformed paranoid schizophrenic mercenary with a Wolverine-like healing factor.

While the web of disaster that Deadpool has tangled himself in here can be hard to summarize in words, it has also been expertly spun by Way.  It’s a lot to digest and could have been extraordinarily confusing, but he’s laid it all out in a way that is extremely easy to follow.  Paired with what might be my favorite art on this entire series so far, and “Dead” continues to be the highlight of Way’s run with the character.

STORY:  9/10
ART:  9/10 

 

Uncanny X-Force #23

Review: Uncanny X-Force #23 – Someone gets their head skinned…

Uncanny X-Force #23
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini, with color art by Dean White and Greg Tocchini

X-Force’s Otherworld adventure concludes with a bit of a twist in this week’s Uncanny X-Force #23.

As you may recall, Captain Britain (Psylocke’s brother) and the Captain Britain Corps abducted Fantomex and Psylocke, taking them back to the mythical realm of Otherworld.  By my calculations, Otherworld is home to all British people in the Marvel Universe–or something.

Anyways, the Captain Britain Corps intended to put Fantomex on trial for killing the child reincarnation of Apocalypse (way back in Uncanny X-Force‘s first story arc).  Before the Corps could wipe Fantomex from existence, Psylocke–who is also Lady Britain when she’s in Otherworld–escaped with him.  Unbeknownst to either of them, Wolverine, Deadpool, and Nightcrawler (the one from the Age of Apocalypse timeline) had come to Otherworld to rescue them before getting pulled into stopping a siege on the Tower Omniverse.

The Tower Omniverse is a tower in Otherworld with doors to all realities in the Marvel multiverse, and a character known only as the “Goat Monk” wanted to spread his dark magic across all of existence.  Oh, and a former barrister and Weapon Plus experiment known as the Skinless Man, or Weapon III, showed up to exact a personal vendetta against Fantomex, who is also Weapon XIII.  He ended up skinning Fantomex’s head.

If it sounds like the plot of this story was a little bit cluttered, well, it kind of was.  There’s a lot to take in here, and a lot going on at one time.  This issue stays pretty much that way.  Wolverine and Deadpool attempt to kill the Goat Monk, Psylocke and Fantomex overcome the Skinless Man, and Captain Britain is forced to make a difficult decision following a big reveal on who exactly the Goat Monk is.

Despite having all of this happen in about 20 pages of story (I’m not counting ad pages in that page count), Rick Remender does still manage to throw in some good character moments.  We see the attraction between Fantomex and Psylocke teased a little bit more, Psylocke coming to grips with the fact that the right decision is not always the easiest one, and Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler’s rough exterior cracking to reveal some of the deceased mainstream Nightcrawler that longtime readers are familiar with.  Additionally, Remender continues to provide some of the best Deadpool banter not written by Daniel Way.

This hasn’t been a perfect storyline by any means, but it has its moments.  Maybe I just need to read the whole thing over again in one sitting, or maybe it carried on an issue too long, but it felt as though it jumped around a bit from time to time.  I will say that the sort  of undefined–perhaps even sometimes hazy–look that the art has works very well to convey the story’s setting, although it is somewhat inconsistently detailed.  Some panels look roughly sketched, while others show a great deal more detail.

The Otherworld adventure has been a nice breather following the “Dark Angel Saga,” but it feels like it falls a little short of the rest of the series.  With that in mind, I’m really looking forward to the next issue, featuring Age of Apocalypse Iceman, and the upcoming “Final Execution” storyline.

STORY: 7.5/10
ART: 7.5/10 

 

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“A Comic Show” – 3.27.12 Aquaman is lost!

Hey Fandom! We have a lot a great stuff to talk about! First, Aquaman is now LOST!
Triforce Mike’s favorite ATOMIC ROBO is out by all of our pal, Brian Clevenger! Also, CROSSED BADLANDS #2 is back with more Prince!
Astonishing X-Men is ready for a gay marriage! Daniel Way’s DEADPOOL volume 10 is here, which had the Deadpool 49.1 issue inspired by Triforce Mike! AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 is out! Its the big deal Cap vs Cyclops x-over!
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Deadpool #52

Review: Deadpool #52 – Still trying to die…

Deadpool #52
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Ale Garza [Penciler], Sean Parsons [Inker], Dommo Sanchez Amara [Colorist]

In his ongoing efforts to die permanently by flushing out the holder of a serum that can negate his healing factor, Deadpool staged a fake turf war between the Kingpin and Tombstone.  In the process, he’s brought Hydra Bob, his teammates on X-Force, and Wolverine’s estranged son Daken into play, as well.

Unbeknownst to Wade, however, Kingpin and Tombstone were never fooled, and the other pawns in his insane game of chess are catching on to the fact that something is amiss.

In Deadpool #52, we see Wade continuing to keep this game going as he instigates Daken and leads X-Force into a suicide raid on the Kingpin’s headquarters, where Wilson Fisk and Typhoid Mary have kidnapped Hydra Bob and are torturing him for information. The most impressive thing about the “Dead” story arc so far is that Daniel Way has managed to play these characters off of each other in a believable way, all while depicting them as accurately as any other writer has. That takes a bit of skill when dealing with this many characters in a single book.

This issue ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Will Deadpool get his wish? Was a certain other character depowered by the serum, as well? Is there really a commercial parachute capable of handling the Kingpin’s weight? [The answers are "I don't know," "That's even harder to say," and "Yeah, probably"--in that order. Thank me later, kids!]

If you’re a fan of this series, or even just a casual reader, this isn’t a story to sleep on. Be sure to pick up the previous two issues, too, if you haven’t already.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10

 

 

Deadpool #51

Review: Deadpool #51 – A “Make-Believe” Gang War

Deadpool #51
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Ale Garza, Sean Parsons [Inker], Dommo Sanchez Amara [Colorist]

Deadpool’s elaborate game of chess–a game he doesn’t really know how to play–keeps getting weirder and more out of control as his quest for death continues.

You see, Wade found out that there was a serum capable of negating his healing factor and allowing him to die, so he enlisted the help of his X-Force teammates to help him find it.  To do so, he convinced them that the Kingpin had it.  Meanwhile, he had his friend HYDRA Bob tell the Kingpin about the serum, which of course led to the Kingpin sending his agent Typhoid Mary and the ninjas of the Hand to find it.  Unbeknownst to anyone else, Deadpool also told Wolverine’s son, Daken, about the serum, causing Daken to go out looking for it for his own reasons.

Meanwhile, nobody realizes that Tombstone, fresh out of prison, had the serum made so he could get revenge on Deadpool for putting him there in the first place.

Of course, with X-Force gunning for the Kingpin and Kingpin sending his henchmen to find the serum, the two factions are bound to collide, and the issue opens with a fight that includes a beautiful sequence of Wolverine and Typhoid Mary plummeting from the side of an apartment building.

Of course, having a brawl like this in the middle of New York City is undoubtedly going to attract some unwanted attention from other hero types (keep in mind here that X-Force is supposed to remain a secret), so Deadpool covers their tracks the following day by initiating a “make-believe gang war.”  What he doesn’t account for is that Kingpin and Tombstone would be in contact with one another, or that Daken would figure out that Tombstone had the formula, which is sure to set up the type of shameful disaster that Wade is all too familiar with being a part of.

Overall, this issue maintains the pace of the last one while adding even more layers to the story.  After 51 issues, I’m still amazed that Daniel Way has maintained the level of consistency that he has on this book.  Especially notable are the exchange between Deadpool and Wolverine following Deadpool’s provocation of the gang war, and the interplay between Kingpin and Tombstone once they begin to catch on to what’s happening.  The fact that you can tell Way enjoys what he does makes reading Deadpool that much more enjoyable.  The switch in artists from Carlo Barberi to Ale Garza is somewhat noticeable, but not distracting, as the art still possesses a similar flow and overall style.

If you haven’t checked out the first part of this story in #50, go ahead and pick up both issues.  This is shaping up to be one of the best arcs in the series.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10 

Deadpool #50

Review: Deadpool #50 – Even the Dead(pool) may die…

Deadpool #50
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Carlo Barberi, Walden Wong [Inker], and Dommo [Colorist]

Longtime Deadpool fans know that Wade Wilson is in love with the one thing in the world he can’t have:  Death.  In Deadpool #50, Daniel Way kicks off the biggest story of his 4-year run on the book–an epic that might just grant the Merc With a Mouth his wish.

The “Evil Deadpool” story arc ended with Wade’s evil clone being killed by a dart that negated his mutant healing factor.  [That's, you know, the thing that keeps him from getting killed dead!] They’re on a comic site, dude…  They know what a healing factor is.

Upset that he wasn’t in the projectile’s path, Deadpool sets out to find out who took the shot so he can finally feel death’s cool embrace.  In order to accomplish this, he sets up a complex game of a chess–a game that he doesn’t even know how to play–involving his X-Force teammates (“The Horse Heads”); Bob, Agent of H.Y.D.R.A. (“The Wheelbarrow”); Daken (“The Shooter”); and The Kingpin and Typhoid Mary (“The Ones That Go Diagonally”).

As the issue plays out, Deadpool attempts to play all of these “pieces” to draw out who it is that can kill him.  Of course, there’s one piece in the game that Wade doesn’t account for:  “The Wild Card.”

Way manages to squeeze in elements from all corners of the Marvel Universe in this extra-sized first part to what may be his magnum opus on the series, and Deadpool’s coup de grâce, while Carlo Barberi’s pencils remain consistent with his earlier work on the book.  Among the better moments of the issue are Psylocke attempting to read through the clutter of voices that is Wade’s mind and a panel where Fantomex explains how the chain of command in an assassination conspiracy tends to work.

[And they said comics weren't educational...]

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10

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Deadpool #49.1

Review: Deadpool #49.1 – Deadpool: The Musical!

Deadpool #49.1
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: John McCrea & Veronica Gandini [Colorist]

Sure, it would be easy for Daniel Way to write a simple recap for the latest Marvel “Point One” issue for Deadpool, but simple and easy wouldn’t be as fun as writing that recap issue AS A FREAKIN’ MUSICAL!

[For those not in the know, "Point One" is Marvel's initiative to give new readers a good "jumping-on" point to a comic. - Voice #2]

In Deadpool #49.1, Way takes a stroll through his 50-issue run on the current volume of the Merc With A Mouth’s solo book.  From his involvement in the Skrull Invasion and his war against Norman Osborn and epic battle with Bullseye to his attempts to be a hero and interstellar adventures, all are covered here and intended to be recapped to the tune of Naughty By Nature, Tay Zonday, Britney Spears and the Misfits.

Doing the story overview this way was a fitting way to condense 50 or so issues of Deadpool into a 32-page book.  To top it all off, John McCrea’s art diverges from regular artist Salva Espin in that it has a more ’90s Deadpool feel to it.  This adds even more of a “flashback” sort of feel to the issue, even though the stories recapped here only began in 2008.

Overall, this was a fun recap and great for anyone interested in trying Deadpool or just looking for some cheesy humor.  [Cheese...I like cheese.]

On a final note, what ever happened to Hit-Monkey?  As the assistant editor of this website, I’m demanding that Marvel bring back Hit-Monkey in some way, shape or form in the next year.  He doesn’t have to be in his own series.  I know the attempt at giving him one kind of flopped.  Or something.

Just bring him back.  Now!

[Yeah!  What he said!]

STORY: 7/10  (Because, you know…It’s a recap. Nothing new to see here.)
ART: 8/10 

Deadpool #49

Review: Deadpool #49, “Evil Deadpool” Concludes

Deadpool #49
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Salva Espin with Scott Koblish, Colors by Guru eFX

After several months, Daniel Way’s “Evil Deadpool” storyline concludes, revealing even more about the Merc With a Mouth’s character and setting the stage for Deadpool #50‘s “Dead” story arc.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I’m sure you’ve all been asking yourselves, “How can there be an ‘Evil Deadpool’ if the original Deadpool is an assassin who was originally a villain?”  [They totally weren't asking themselves that at all, dude.]  

The explanation, of course,  is that the real Deadpool doesn’t like killing people and never really did.  He wanted to be a hero.  The Evil Deadpool, however, had no remorse when it came to flying a plane into a New York City bridge or blowing up a New Jersey taco shack.  [Eh...It's Jersey.  That one's forgivable.]  

SHUT UP, BLOG MANIFESTATION OF INTERNAL MONOLOGUE VOICE!

Anyways, the Evil Deadpool’s intention, it turns out, was to show Wade that no matter what he does or how many people he saves, the public will always see him for his actions as an assassin and fear him.  Wade already knows that, though, and informs his evil clone that the only thing he sees when he looks at him are all of the parts of himself that he wanted to kill everytime he’s tried to kill himself (Which, remember, is impossible because Deadpool is cursed with immortality and has a healing factor like Wolverine’s).

 The previous paragraph is basically the motive behind this entire story arc.  Does it work?  Sure.  It’s a serious plot point baked into a cake of slapstick and irreverence.  That’s how this book works, and it’s how the character works best.  It’s also why Daniel Way has successfully done 50 issues of this book.

Let’s hope Deadpool (the book and the character) are still around after “Dead.”  This is still one of the most consistently enjoyable books on the market.

STORY: 8/10
ART: 8/10 

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Deadpool #48

Review: Deadpool #48 – The Good, The Bad & The Cloned

Deadpool #48
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Salva Espin [art] and Guru eFX [colors] 

For the past few months, Deadpool has been dealing with his own personal clone saga involving a renegade, evil doppelganger composed of discarded body parts from the OG Deadpool.  [Let's see Peter Parker get a clone like THAT.]  As a result of the mayhem created by the Evil Deadpool, Captain America became involved once he became convinced that Deadpool had finally crossed the line and become an all-out terrorist.

Which leads us to this issue.  Trying to destroy his own reputation before his evil copy could, Deadpool kidnapped a kid and held him hostage in Times Square, knowing that this would likely draw out his twin (and Captain America) so that he could clear his name.  Evil Deadpool had plans of his own — kidnapping Police Chief Pratchett’s kids for Mr. Negative and holding them hostage at an undisclosed location.

Aside from furthering the game of cat-and-mouse between the two, this plot point has given Daniel Way a chance to play with some characters from Amazing Spider-Man for the past two issues — including J. Jonah Jameson and the aforementioned Chief Pratchett and Mr. Negative — and he does it well.  Deadpool #48 also introduces a new character, the tetraplegic [That's like Stephen Hawking, right?] Senior Interpol Commissioner Kemp.  Just when you think you know the limits of Way’s Deadpool, he introduces a foul-mouthed [or is that foul-speech-programmed?], wheelchair-bound woman of the law.

[Do those even exist in real life?]

Shut up.  It’s a comic book.

With the teasers that have been released recently, it’s become clear that the “Deadpool Vs. Evil Deadpool” storyline is leading into Deadpool #50 and the upcoming “Dead” storyline, culminating the past year’s worth of stories of Deadpool trying to finally feel death.  Perhaps next issue, Wade will get an idea on how to die from figuring out how to kill his evil twin.  Or maybe not.

Story: 7.5/10
Art: 8/10

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Deadpool #47

Review: Deadpool #47 – Deadpool Vs. Captain America!

Deadpool #47
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Salva Espin [art] and Guru eFX [colors]

Over the past few months, Deadpool’s evil twin (composed of dismembered ‘Pool parts) has been running rampant through the pages of Deadpool, crashing a jet into the George Washington Bridge and blowing up several bombs in New Jersey [Like anyone cares about that place...], among other things.

Unfortunately for the real Deadpool, Captain America doesn’t know about Evilpool and pins the blame on the non-doppelganger Wade.  Deadpool manages to get the better of Captain America and escape for now, but it’s no sooner than this that we find Evil Deadpool is trying to make a deal with Chinatown crimelord Mr. Negative. [Hey, I remember that guy from the Spidey books.  Where's he been?]

Negative wants Evilpool to kill a kid.  Whose kid?  I’ll just say it’s someone from a certain friendly neighborhood wall-crawler’s book and leave it at that.

[But...but...Spider-Man doesn't have kids!  I mean, he had one once, but Norman Osborn kidnapped it and nobody ever heard about it again, but then that got retconned so it never really happened...]

That’s enough from you, inner monologue!

Anyways, Deadpool eventually realizes that to clear his name and find Evilpool before he can sully it even more, he’ll need to think ahead of him and do something drastic, leading both his evil twin and Captain America to him at the same time so that Cap can see that he wasn’t lying about his evil twin committing all of those acts of terror.

Are you still following along?

This issue takes a more serious turn from the slapstick of the first two parts of ‘Evil Deadpool,’ and I love how Daniel Way found a way to incorporate characters from Spider-Man’s cast since the story takes place in New York City.  I’m also not sure if I’ve ever pointed this out before, but Espin’s facial expressions are absolutely fantastic.  His pissed off Captain America on page three and confused Mr. Negative near the center of the issue are both priceless.

Part three continues to maintain a steady pace.  We’ll see if it holds into part four.

STORY: 8.5/10
ART: 9/10 

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Deadpool #46

Review: Deadpool #46

Deadpool #46
Writer:  Daniel Way
Art:  Salva Espin and Guru eFX 

At the end of the last issue, Deadpool was standing on a bridge talking to a man who was thinking about jumping killing himself.  The man didn’t have the nerve to kill himself, so he had just asked Deadpool to do it for him.

If you’ve kept up, Deadpool’s healing factor (and the “curse of immortality” placed on him by Thanos) keeps him from dying.  [And people totally always want the one thing they can't have, amiright?]

Anyways, an “Evil” Deadpool [with a freakin' sweet backwards left arm] had formed from dismembered body parts in the meantime, and Evilpool hijacked a jet and crashed it into a bridge.

The same bridge Deadpool and the jumper had stood on.

After surviving the explosion AND the fall, the would-be jumper decides he doesn’t want to die anymore and swims to shore, leaving Deadpool to finish his trip to New Jersey for his favorite chimichangas.  This, of course, further establishes Deadpool’s insanity, as nobody in their right mind should ever willingly want to go to New Jersey — especially just for a chimichanga.

[Hey!  We agree on something for a change!]

[Shut up and stop crashing my Deadpool reviews, inner monologue!]

[No!  I am you and me and you are we!  You cannot escape!]

[$#!@*&%&#*$@!*&*@^%@&#*]

Unfortunately, Evilpool, who parachuted from the aforementioned bridge-bound plane, got to those chimichangas first.  And he blew the place up.

Poor Deadpool.

Through his disappointment, however, he realizes that there’s only one person who would do something like this…HIM!  Naturally, he turns around and Evilpool is standing across the street.

This leads into some great Tom & Jerry-esque panels where two characters who think one step ahead of each other [They are, you know, technically the same guy] find new ways to maim one another.  Of course, when you’re using heavy artillery in the middle of Jersey, federal authorities are bound to be brought in [because Jersey needs to be protected, too...for some reason] because the powers that be want the next issue to have a guest star.

Daniel Way’s writing on this title continues to be fun and well-paced.  Deadpool isn’t supposed to be too serious, and Way is well aware of that.  The cartoonish slapstick elements of this issue bring to mind the Deadpool vs. Bullseye storyline from a few years ago, and that’s always a good thing — even though that magic would be hard to recreate.  Of course, Salva Espin and Guru eFX really compliment that slapstick with the book’s animated-but-realistic-enough art.

Deadpool remains a solid choice for anyone who wants a fun ride with little-to-no thought required.

Story:  8.5/10
Art:  9/10 

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Deadpool #45

Review: Deadpool #45

Deadpool #45
Writer:  Daniel Way
Artist:  Salva Espin & Guru eFX

What happens when the recently-deceased chick who was your therapist/stalker has a freezer full of your dismembered body parts?  [Oooh!  Oooooh!  I know!  One of the most bizarre murder cases since Jeffrey Dahmer?] 

Actually, they thaw out and heal back together into an evil twin with two right hands.  Or at least that’s what they do when you’re Deadpool.

For most of the issue, Daniel Way contrasts what the real Deadpool and Evil Deadpool are doing on their journey from England back to the States.  The issue opens with Evil Deadpool hijacking the private jet of an unnamed [and rather douche-y, might I add] billionaire.  Meanwhile, the real Deadpool is hiding in the belly of a freighter and eating dog food.

As Evil Deadpool decides he doesn’t want money as much as he wants to set the billionaire on fire and throw him out of the plane, the real Deadpool is having a crisis of conscience.  It turns out the freighter he is on is full of kidnapped women from Eastern Europe.  Realpool takes out the traffickers as Evilpool kills the jet’s pilots and flight attendant.  You get the idea.  [And teary eyes when you see the "Good travels, daddy" written on one of the pilot's lunchboxes.]

[DIDN'T YOU LISTEN LAST TIME, SECOND VOICE?  GO AWAY!]

Sometimes, a new artist can be a jarring switch, but Salva Espin’s début as the book’s artist isn’t too much of a departure from Carlo Barberi.  Way’s 30-issues-and-counting story of Deadpool trying to find a place to belong or figure out how to die continues to feel fresh without backtracking over the same material.  Seeing how dealing with an evil twin of himself makes Wade further explore his conscience as this story arc progresses will be interesting.

[Coming November 16:  Flying-On-Fire-Guy #1!]

Story:  9/10
Art:  9/10 

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Cover by Dave Johnson

Review: Deadpool #44

Deadpool #44
Writer:  Daniel Way
Art:  Carlo Barberi [Pencils], Walden Wong [Inks] and Jorge Gonzalez [Colors]

Cover by Dave Johnson

Ever since he escaped from Britain’s Crossmore Prison in issue #42, the Merc with a Mouth (i.e. Deadpool) [They probably know that if they're on this site, stupid!] has been running around jolly old England trying to evade his psychotic therapist.

Wade found himself in Crossmore way back in Deadpool #40 after trying to trick the Hulk [The big green one!]  into killing him.  Unfortunately, Doctor Ella Whitby kind of had a thing for the Regeneratin’ Degenerate.  This worked to his advantage when she eventually helped him escape, but the doc’s delusional, obsessive and psychotic, and has kind of been creepin’ on our boy Wade ever since.

[Kind of like that weird chick in sixth grade that kept professing her love for you and trying to give you a real Valentine, etc. even though you kept shooting her down... ]

[QUIET STUPID SECOND VOICE!  THAT GIRL DIDN'T MAKE A FULL-ON ROGER COSTUME!]

Anyways, last issue, we saw Wade hold up the Queen of England’s coach.  The queen gave our right old chap a jolly good talking to — convincing Wade that Whitby’s actions are his responsibility since she is emulating him by killing people — before he pulled a costume swap and chip-cheerioed away in Her Majesty’s clothes.

Now that you’re up to speed, Deadpool #44 begins with Wade sneaking into Whitby’s apartment to get more info on what it is exactly that she’s up to.  He discovers a fridge full of his dismembered limbs, apparently collected over the course of several years. [He can regenerate, you know...Keep up, kids!]  Before he has time to process this, he comes across a note that leads him to the realization that Whitby is out to murder the prison’s warden and heads out to stop this from happening.

Forty-four issues in, writer Daniel Way continues to maintain a solid, humorous interplay between Wade and the voices in his head.  To have a run this long on a series with this level of consistency is something special, and while many comic fans feel Deadpool is overplayed these days [He's kind of the new Wolverine], people who scoff at this book have been missing a really enjoyable ride.  The art also strikes the right balance of realistic-but-cartoony, especially in the puke-in-mask and hallucination panels.

Overall, this was a good conclusion to the current storyline with a nice lead-in to the next issue.  The fridge of dismembered Deadpool parts was a clever play on the “Women in Refrigerators” [Google it, kids!] issue that comes up often in comics, whether it was intentional or not — and knowing the way healing factors work, they won’t stay there for long.

Story:  9/10
Art: 10/10  
[Seriously... Whitby in that homemade Deadpool costume looks real enough to gross me out]