Instead of the usual business, tonight the Inverseman will review Marvel’s re-launch of Deadpool’s series with Deadpool #1. What is it like picking up a good old made-in-the-USA comic book for the first time in a while?
I have a rather rudimentary knowledge of western comics, but the amount of backstory to keep up with usually makes a steep access point for me, so when a certain writer told a certain me that one of my more favorite heroes, Deadpool, was getting a relaunch, I hit up the comic book store for the issue.
The first thing I know, after eons of reading manga is the difference in timetable and art. Having a monthly or bi-weekly series that gets full color in a standalone book is much different from a black and white weekly chapter in a magazine. Deadpool #1 starts us off with a very colorful and whimsical palette. Right on the cover, Wade is filling a big green dinosaur full of lead in midair on a clear sunny day. The art is befitting of what you are getting into. Moore, Staples, and the crew did a bang-up job.
In light of *insert whatever the current threat to the United States that we have a “war on” is*, all the dead presidents have come back from the grave with a plan to reform the nation… By destroying it. But we can’t simply assemble the Avengers to take down our founding fathers because it’s in bad taste. And this job is too dirty even for S.H.I.E.L.D. A mission so bipartisanly offensive, politically incorrect, and empirically embarrassing calls for one man to take the job, Deadpool.
The setup is quite clear, Agent Preston is another S.H.I.E.L.D grunt clearly disgruntled for having this mission shoved onto her by her superiors, so she drags Deadpool into the job for about a million bucks. We have Preston as a classic straightwoman tsukkomi to the funny boke that is Deadpool. Of course I think it’d be too easy if Preston didn’t undergo some development, the relationship between caretaker and caretake-ee should be somewhat fulfilling in spite of the hilarity that ensues. I look forward to the duo’s misadventures.
What’s great about this issue is that while you don’t need to be a mythos expert on Marvel, no amount of comedic punch is lost in the process. If anything, if you have any idea about who Deadpool is, you can read this issue. If not, let the talking hand puppet fill you in. The jokes focused on the flurry of witty banter and puns, which is comedy I like set against a ridiculous premise. A good balance of “smart” and “stupid” comedy adds a good depth unlike something that is all of one or the other. And speaking of comedy, I feel as if the Marvel AR was a bit of a missed opportunity to a degree. When I heard augmented reality and Deadpool in the same sentence, I imagined Deadpool breaking the fourth wall to remark about things going around the reader. Perhaps we’ll see more experimental uses of the AR application above commentaries and backstory refreshers.
Overall, right in time for election day earlier this month, Deadpool #1 does not disappoint and sets up another wacky adventure for the merc with a mouth with no prior knowledge necessary. If you’re up for some crack comedy then go snag it.
– Great setup with good potential
– Art is very in-style
– Gives the basics necessary for a relaunch with no needed prior investment from the readers
– AR still leaves a bit to be desired, and can be used for greater things with a bit of creativity
Aaron Auyeung is a 20-something year old math teacher who loves chimichangas and is “borrowing” a tagline just for today’s episode.
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