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Review: Uncanny X-Force #25 – Final Execution Begins!

Uncanny X-Force #25
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Mike McKone, Dean White [Color Art]

The latest Uncanny X-Men story arc, “Final Execution,” kicks off with the team in a state of upheaval.

Psylocke, having processed the toll being on a mutant kill squad is taking on her psyche, is leaving the team after “satisfying her curiosity” with a one-night stand with Fantomex. Fantomex, on the other hand, is leaving because no more Warren [See last year’s epic “Dark Angel Saga”] means no more money–and he’s probably sulking over being spurned by Psylocke.

Meanwhile, there’s a mysterious figure at the Jean Grey School targeting Genesis, the reformed clone of Apocalypse, and Deadpool has gone down while on a mission–which is a big deal following Deadpool #54, where Wade [YOU SHOULD READ Deadpool #54 AND FIND OUT INSTEAD OF LETTING ME SPOIL IT].

Anyways, this all culminates in a sort-of return of a long-dead X-villain.

Overall, this is a great start to Rick Remender’s latest major X-Force story arc. With a title like “Final Execution,” there are a lot of inferences that can be made. The way things have developed with all the characters on the team, as well as the people around them, will surely only help to further speculation about what that title refers to.

Regardless, Rick Remender has crafted an excellent first part to this storyline with an art team that rivals the work on any other issues of the book, and the two back-up stories are a nice look at Remender’s earlier work with artist Jerome Opeña on stories starring Wolverine and Deadpool, respectively.

STORY: 9.5/10
ART: 9.5/10

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

Uncanny X-Force #24 – Meltdown!

Uncanny X-Force #24
Writer:  Rick Remender
Art:  Phil Noto, Dean White [Colors]

During last year’s “Dark Angel Saga,” the Age of Apocalypse’s evil version of Iceman escaped into Earth-616 (i.e. the mainstream Marvel Universe).  This was the primary reason for that reality’s Nightcrawler joining X-Force.

In Uncanny X-Force #24, he finally gets his revenge on his former friend and teammate.

While Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Deadpool head to Madripoor to take care of AoA Iceman, Fantomex and Psylocke attend the Otherworld funeral of Psylocke’s brother, Jamie Braddock.  Here, we see Fantomex’s more human side during a brief conversation with Psylocke’s other brother, Brian (AKA Captain Britain), and learn that in order to save Fantomex during the Otherworld saga, Psylocke gave up her ability to feel sorrow or remorse.

Back in Madripoor, the fight comes down to Nightcrawler and Iceman–no powers or weapons, just two former friends fighting to the death.  Rick Remender really drives home the emotional impact of this battle via Nightcrawler’s thoughts and the banter between the two.  Additionally, Remender continues to bring some of the best Deadpool antics outside of Daniel Way’s Deadpool solo series and provides a huge leap in the Fantomex-Psylocke relationship, as well as building upon the father-son dynamic between Fantomex and Apocalypse child clone Genesis.

Phil Noto and Dean White’s art in this issue is vibrant and detailed, perhaps even my favorite art on this series thus far.  The transitions between panels are extremely fluid and easy to follow, keeping the action moving at a steady pace.

This one-and-done issue is a must-buy for fans of the series and new readers interested in the title alike.

STORY:  9.5/10
ART:  9.5/10 


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 


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 


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



Review: Uncanny X-Force #22 – Who is Weapon III?

Uncanny X-Force #22
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini and Dean White [Color Art]

The pace picks back up in the third part of Rick Remender’s Otherworld odyssey as Psylocke continues her efforts to help Fantomex escape from her brothers in the Captain Britain Corps and Nightcrawler convinces Wolverine that X-Force should help the people of Otherworld fight back against the realm’s demonic invaders.

In case you’ve been out of the loop, Otherworld is a realm that serves as an in-between spot for all of the realities in the Marvel Multiverse.  Basically, that means it has all of the doorways to the mainstream Marvel Universe (i.e. Earth-616), the Ultimate Universe, the 2099 Universe, the Age of Apocalypse, the Negative Zone, etc.

Otherworld itself is something out of a Tolkien book, with dragons, castles, and sorcery.  It’s also home to the Captain Britain Corps, who see fit to punish individuals from any reality for whatever crimes they feel they should intervene in.

(Clearly, they miss a lot of them because a TON of villains are still alive, but stay with me here.)

X-Force ended up here in issue #20 after the Corps abducted Fantomex and Psylocke in the middle of the night.  They put Fantomex on trial for the assassination of the child clone of Apocalypse and sentenced him to being removed from existence.  Psylocke, however, rescued Fantomex, as the two have been involved in an increasingly complex game of cat and mouse.

Remender throws in a conversation between the two in this issue to add further confusion to where exactly Fantomex stands in the situation, and also to underscore how well Fantomex can manipulate others.  It’s an excellent character trait to draw attention to.  After all, this is a guy whose power set includes misdirection–the ability to distract others with a realistic illusion.

Unfortunately, Psylocke and Fantomex’s escape is cut short by the Skinless Man, who we find out is Weapon III and has a long history with Fantomex, a.k.a. Weapon XIII.  He’s given a sensible enough reason for being in Otherworld, and it ultimately makes even more sense that Remender continues to explore and add to the story of the Weapon Plus program given that three members of X-Force–Wolverine, Deadpool, and Fantomex–were all involved in it in some way or another.

As all of this plot is unfolding, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Deadpool are taking refuge in a village on the verge of being besieged by the hordes of a demonic goat.  Nightcrawler, who is seemingly coming around to his new teammates after leaving behind his own X-Men in the Age of Apocalypse, convinces Wolverine that they should fight to help the people of Otherworld before finding their friends.

This change in attitude for AoA Nightcrawler draws the first big parallel between him and his deceased Earth-616 counterpart since the differences between the two were highlighted two issues ago.  It really adds additional layers to a familiar character who isn’t really the character fans are ultimately familiar with, reminding them that while he is different due to the state of his home universe, Kurt Wagner is still Kurt Wagner at the end of the day.

Plus, it leads to a fun exchange about narcissistic personality disorder between Wolverine and Deadpool as they head off to kill the demonic goat monk thing attacking Otherworld.

Overall, another great issue in Remender’s run.  If you’re new to X-Force, I’d recommend starting a little further back in the series, but this storyline is fun and just different enough from earlier stories to keep things interesting without veering too far into left field.

And I promise I’ll never make another poor sports analogy as long as I’m writing reviews.

STORY: 8/10
ART: 8.5/10 

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 

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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Review: Uncanny X-Force #21 – Fantomex erased from existence!

Uncanny X-Force #21
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini and Dean White [color art]

X-Force’s adventure in Otherworld continues this month following Fantomex’s sentencing to erasure from existence in issue #20.

As the issue opens, Fantomex has needles lowering into his skull. Around the time they reach his third brain (yeah…he has a few), Psylocke bursts in to rescue him from her brothers.  After all, it was the Captain Britain Corps that abducted them both and put him on trial for the killing of the child reincarnation of Apocalypse.

Unlike the previous issue, this one doesn’t have the subtext of a greater moral debate.  It does, however, continue to establish the dynamic between Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler and the rest of X-Force.  This Nightcrawler is more sarcastic, and gloats about his accomplishments.  He’s wary of Wolverine.  After all, the Wolverine from his timeline became Apocalypse and slaughtered millions of people.

This creates some of the issue’s more interesting panels, but this chapter overall feels less essential to the larger story.  We basically get the aforementioned further establishment of AoA Nightcrawler, more exploration of Psylocke’s growing affection for Fantomex, and a little bit of exposition in the plot.  Don’t get me wrong — it’s still very well-written.  Fantomex becomes more and more compelling with every issue that Rick Remender does.  It just sort of screams “THIS IS THE LULL BEFORE THE CLIMAX!” to me.

Greg Tocchini’s art remains vibrant and befitting a story set in a magical plane of existence, so it’s understandable that it isn’t the most finely detailed art compared to that of Jerome Opeña.  Remember, in the last issue, there was a clear differentiation in the art between scenes set in the “real world” and scenes set in “Otherworld,” so it’s doubtful that this is the standard for Tocchini’s artistic output going forward.  It does work beautifully for this story, though.

Overall, this is still a pretty good issue — it just feels a little more compressed than part one.  It’ll be interesting to see what Remender does with his big reveal at the end of this issue, though. (SEE Uncanny X-Force #18 for teasers)

STORY: 7/10
ART: 9/10

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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 

Review: Uncanny X-Force #20, Fantomex stands trial

Uncanny X-Force #20
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Greg Tocchini and Dean White [Colors]

The Captain Britain Corps have abducted Fantomex and Psylocke in the middle of the night, taking them to the dimension-outside-of-dimensions of Otherworld.

The Corps, who are led by Psylocke’s brothers, intend to convince Psylocke to rejoin them and to make Fantomex stand trial for killing the reincarnated child form of En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse.  Their assertion is that while he may have been brainwashed by the genocidal cult of Akkaba, En Sabah Nur could have still become a good being with the right nurturing.

Essentially, this aspect of the storyline is a nice allegory of the nature vs. nurture argument, as well as the morality of killing someone or something as a means of preventing what they could one day potentially do.  From that, you can draw whatever conclusions to the argument you wish, as I suppose Rick Remender’s intention with the moral question here is most likely to make you do just that.

Elsewhere in this issue, Remender sets up the dynamic between the team and the newly-arrived Age of Apocalypse incarnation of Nightcrawler.  Unlike his deceased Earth-616 (that’s the mainstream Marvel Universe, kids!) counterpart, he’s not happy-go-lucky, he hates the uniform, he’s seen to much to have any sort of faith, and he hates being called “elf.”

Oh, and he’s extremely rude.

As Wolverine and Deadpool acclimate themselves to AoA Kurt (which is likely a challenge for Wolverine, due to his history with the mainstream Nightcrawler), they’re informed by Ultimaton (Cavern-X’s security robot) that the cavern was compromised by the Captain Britain Corps.

As usual, Remender does a great job making interactions between characters feel like they really mean something. There’s a certain weight you can feel between Wolverine and Deadpool and the AoA Nightcrawler.  There’s a palpable tension in the panels with Psylocke and her brothers, and when Fantomex is standing trial.

Tocchini’s art furthers these interactions, and even varies between locations.  In the magic realm of Otherworld, which houses the gateways to all realities and planes of existence, the art feels more washed out and almost like watercolor, while the Earth scenes remain standard and finely detailed.

Throw all of this in with the moral issue mentioned above and it’s not hard to understand why this is the most consistently enjoyable X-book in Marvel’s line.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10 

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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.]  


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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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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Review: Uncanny X-Force #18, OR Apocalypse Wow!

Uncanny X-Force #18
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opeña with Esad Ribic

After several months, Rick Remender’s epic “Dark Angel Saga” concludes in Uncanny X-Force #18.  Over the course of its eight chapters, the story saw the transformation of Archangel into the new Apocalypse and took readers on to the Age of Apocalypse timeline and back.

Most notably, it put Wolverine in the backseat for a change.  Admittedly, Logan did have some spotlight moments with the Age of Apocalypse incarnation of Jean Grey, but let’s face it, the “Dark Angel Saga” revolved primarily around the relationship between Psylocke and Archangel, as well as the love triangle that has been building since Fantomex’s attraction to Psylocke was thrown into the equation.

Several plot threads come to a head here.  Namely, there’s the aforementioned love triangle, Archangel’s affinity for planting “seeds” (*cough* Pestilence *cough*), and what exactly Fantomex has been doing with the reincarnated child form of En Sabah Nur, the original Apocalypse, who he’s kept in a test tube ever since the rest of X-Force believe they had assassinated him in the book’s original story arc.

There’s not a lot I can really say here without spoiling too much.  If you’ve loved Remender’s work on this book so far, you’re probably going to like this issue.  It resolves bits of plot that have been around since the first issue hit shelves last year, all while weaving in new threads and underlying themes of the “nature versus nurture” argument and the futility of war.

If you’ve read any of my other Uncanny X-Force reviews, you probably also already know that I’m a huge fan of Jerome Opeña’s art on this book and that, combined with Dean White’s color job, it really reminds me a bit of the art style from Watchmen.  It’s not overdone, and is highly detailed while remaining fairly simple.  Cover artist Esad Ribic also handles a few pages of the issue, which have a washed out feel compared to the rest of the  issue.  For what those pages are supposed to convey (once again, I’m not going to spoil anything for you guys), it works to great effect.

Overall, “Dark Angel Saga” has been a fun, dark ride.  I’m looking forward to seeing how X-Force is worked into the new X-Men status quo now that the book is joining the rest of Marvel’s X line-up in the “Regenesis” crossover.

Story: 9/10
Art: 9.5/10 

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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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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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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.]


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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