Posts Tagged ‘Deadpool’

Review: Deadpool #21

Deadpool #21When will people learn you can’t kill Deadpool and it will only hurt your more?

It’s good to see that Deadpool is actually starting to really get around to helping Preston out of his head, but they’ve run into a snag. SHIELD has some less than savory people in it and one is using a LMD of Preston to do some dirty work to make himself rich. But he’s not too bright either, putting a hit out on Deadpool? Worst. Idea. Ever.

All in all though, this issue is a pretty standard set up for some classic Deadpool shenanigans to come.  The twist being that Coulson is involved… and on Deadpool’s side.

This should be interesting…

Oh, and how they kept pushing the information that Eleanor might still be alive makes me hope that this plot line isn’t dropped and will be back sooner rather than later.

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Review: Deadpool #20

Deadpool #20This issue made about as much sense as the 1970s…

But that’s okay, I’m sure the next arc will feed off what happened in this supposed ‘inventory issue’ and we’ll gain a better understanding of just what Deadpool was gathering and what Cosmic Baby Poop has to do with it all.

Normally I’d be annoyed with yet another flashback filler issue like this, but Posehn and Duggan present it as Deadpool not feeling up to anything at the moment. He needs time to decompress from what happened over the last arc. I really feel that this is the best possible response to what happened. Even if he’s back to being ‘typical Deadpool’ in the next issue, it’s only because he had a moment to process before putting back on that smile. This is truly a realistic response and shows that these writers really understand that Deadpool is a hell of a lot more complicated than a single joke.

I just hope this next arc isn’t quite as soul shattering.

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Deadpool Annual #1Well, that solves that then.

Way’s introduction of Deadpool’s White Thought Box is one of the more controversial aspects of his run on the title. Was it the natural progression of Deadpool’s psychosis or just a way of reducing Deadpool further down into a joke? Regardless, when Way’s run ended and Poshen took over the White Box disappeared without so much of an explanation… until now.

Deadpool runs into Madcap, a character who has been around since the 80’s. Madcap is himself insane after losing his family and being mixed with a compound that makes him as immortal as Deadpool. Deadpool is just trying to kill Daredevil when Madcap shows up and interrupts him. Then Daredevil shows up, then Thor (who was getting a latte), and the whole thing goes sideways and both characters are reduced to ash by Thor.

That ash then reforms into one individual, the body of Deadpool with Madcap hanging out in his mind.

Yeah, sounds about right.

I’m not entirely sure what I want to think about this pseudo-retcon of the White Box. What does this mean for all the interactions between Deadpool, the Yellow Box, and the White Box? How does this affect Deadpool’s character development?

Will the comics bother to address this?

Probably not.

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Review: Deadpool #19

Deadpool #19Never underestimate Deadpool’s intelligence or cleverness.

Posehn really hit it out of the park in this story arc, showing us a real depth to Deadpool’s character and how damaged he is. But even though Deadpool has very good reason to be insane, he shows his strength by the simple fact that refuses to truly be insane. Deadpool is not impulsive in this issue, he manages to calmly bide his time till he can get to Butler. He observes the world around him and discovers something he can use to his advantage. Of course, he impulsively kills Butler once he has him but it’s kind of hard to blame him.

The situation with his daughter is left open but I really hope that one day he finds her and she doesn’t  hate him. They could decide to make her hate him and that would just give him another reason to hate himself, but I really hope they don’t. He’s lived such a horribly sad life that needs some ray of sunshine in there.

I do like how in the end Wolverine and Cap treat him with respect, you had this feeling through the arc that they considered him a friend but here at the end they pretty much nail it. They understand that Deadpool is not a joke, he’s a survivor.

While Posehn’s run may have started out a bit strange and odd and verily WTF, this has been one of the best arcs since Kelly’s run I’d wager. If this didn’t give you Deadpool feels then I don’t know what will.

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Review: Deadpool #18

Deadpool #18Can this story get any more heart breaking?

I mean, yay, that they managed to save who they did and all that, but the shear amount of loss is incredible. And in Wade’s mind it’s all because of him. He is the one to blame.

It’s not his fault of course, there is no way he could have expected this or been able to do anything about it, but he still places all the blame on himself. So no matter what actually happens in the final part of this arc, he’s going to carry that with him and it will just be another scar amongst others. I really don’t think he’s going to come out okay at all to be honest.

It really seems like this is one of those ‘there are no happy endings’ kind of story… I really hope not, but I’m bracing for the worst.

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Review: Deadpool #17

Deadpool #17Deadpool put a Hello Kitty band-aid on Wolverine’s wound… that’s just the best thing ever.

I mean, really, it was. Deadpool didn’t have to do it. He didn’t even ask if could do it. He doesn’t even point out that he does it. He pats Wolverine on the shoulder and leaves a band-aid behind because the mutant can no longer heal himself. It’s these little things that show the nuance of his character beyond the ‘one note joke’ people often accuse him of being.

He may joke a lot, be rude and crude, but he’s not a bad person. Somewhere underneath there is a decent man, one who is just very horribly scarred, and I’m not talking about his cancerous skin.

As for the main story, it ranges between hilarious and really sad. And good on Captain America to not back off simply because of the possibility of making an international fubar, what with them being in North Korea and everything. He’s doing what’s right for these unfortunate people who have been experimented on. I know Cap and Wolvie ‘say’ they aren’t Deadpool’s friend, but their actions speak louder than words… it’s just sad that this is the way they have to play this game.

Next issue we’ll come face to face with Butler and possibly even more mutated experiments… and perhaps learn the truth about Eleanor.

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Review: Deadpool #16

Deadpool #16You would really think these Weapon X types would have learned their lesson. I guess for all the tech/bio smarts they have, they lack common sense.

You don’t put the likes of Deadpool in a cage, he’s going to get out and kill everything that moves. But kudos to Butler for having the balls to face Deadpool dead on. Granted, he did have some aces up his sleeve, but this is Deadpool we’re talking about, he can be unstable at times.

It’s pretty messed up though, about all the super-heroes that were created and their sadistic training. Talk about human rights violations. I want to kick Butler in the face myself. Figures that the one who was injected with Nightcrawler’s DNA is the one with the biggest heart. I really hope he gets to live through this story arc. But then they have back up in the form of Wolverine and Captain America, so they have a definite chance of getting everyone out alive (not that the writer would actually let that happen).

This also means that not only did Wolverine come to help Wade (after telling him off) but so did Cap. They are his friends, and for someone like Wade who does what he does and lives like he lives, that probably means more than any of the characters will ever admit to.

As for Eleanor, is she really Wade’s daughter? As far as I know this is the first we’ve heard of her so anything could happen. Kinda messed up the way they are introducing her, but it has the effect needed. Poor Wade, “she’s too beautiful to be mine”. That boy has some major self-image issues, and he hides them all behind jokes.

Also, kudos for Preston, someone had to kick Deadpool out of his moping.

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Review: Deadpool #15

Deadpool #15If this issue doesn’t make you feel for Deadpool, then I’m not sure what will.

I mean, the feels that they give Deadpool in this are both blunt and subtle at the same time. It kinda takes a note from Whedon as it would be serious and then tell a joke. But really, how can you not feel those underlying feels of Captain American telling Deadpool he doesn’t have to be alone. Of Wolverine telling Deadpool off for letting himself be in the position he’s in, but then still coming to help him because, damn it, they are friends in some weird messed up ‘we’re both the product of what created us’ kind of way.

And Deadpool himself, just… the way he lives his life, you always knew it was kinda crappy, especially since Blind Al went out of his life, but here it’s given the darkest treatment. This is what they have been hinting at in this series and finally given us.

For everyone who thinks Deadpool is just a joke… shut up.

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Review: Deadpool #14

Deadpool #14Deadpool does leave a lasting impression on people. The moment Deadpool’s name is brought up in reference to being ‘partners’, Luke Cage nearly pops a blood vessel. Not that I can blame him, really.

This was really just a filler issue, The White Man comes back, there is some fighting, and Deadpool sends some kids into battle. Wait, what? Deadpool has always been very staunch about protecting children, it’s just one of those things about him that you can count on. I guess though, this is specific circumstances, his body hadn’t completely healed yet, and they were kids trained by Iron Fist himself. They did do a pretty good  actually. I guess it’s the ‘Dead Kids Walking’ comment that threw me there.

More movement on the organ donor sub-plot. Man, that girl has a high pain threshold. In any case, this seems to be our next plot arc, they are still holding off on Preston which is cool, don’t mind so much on that one. But I do want to know why for the past two years people have been harvesting Deadpool’s organs. Are they being used by someone with organ failure? Are they being used to do something with his healing factor? We shall see…

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Review: Deadpool #13

Deadpool #13 (2013)There’s a Shaft joke here, it’s kinda obvious though, maybe that’s why we didn’t get it?

Anyway, they decided to give us another ‘blast from the past’ issue which will lead into something happening in present time. It was fun the first time, and it only works this time because of the fun it had with the Heroes for Hire, but I hope this isn’t a continual theme. If it is, then they will really need to step up their game on the next one.

As for this, a nice little rip on 70s, well, everything. It’s fun and a little sad at the same time. While you have all the clever quips and fourth wall breakage, you also have DP getting rejected, per usual, on so many levels. But in the end it’s just all kinda there… but that could just be me.

Anyway, they promise that they haven’t forgotten about the people who took Deadpool’s liver… I just hope we get somewhere soon with that.

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