PETA is not going to be pleased with this week’s review
Sometime last month I reviewed the first issue of Marvel’s relaunched Deadpool, so I figured a bit of follow up was in order, just to see how the series is progressing. Last time Deadpool took out FDR, but now his cousin is out to impale Wade’s head on his big stick.
The issue opens up with Deadpool being revived by Ben Franklin’s ghost. Moore and Staples here introduce a new character to the roster. Ben, being a ghost, is a good guy dismayed at the uprising of the dead presidents and now becomes Deadpool’s sidekick. He’s there to give side commentary, and because only Wade can see him, he can chime in on the situation, hit on all the girls, and make Deadpool look crazier than he usually is to other people. But of course, with characters like him to hand out exposition, will he be more than just a guy to advance the plot along? We’ll see.
Speaking of additional characters, the patriotic necromancer from issue one is still around, being bossed about by Washington and JFK, who are both a riot. Agent Preston gets a bit more characterization this issue too. We see her being made the grunt of all the other S.H.I.E.L.D agents. Preston’s character develops in how we see her dealing the situation. She’s the very embarrassed pseudo-mom over a very dorky (and destructive) child.
Witty banter flies throughout the entire issue. Moore and Staples spread the jokes all throughout the issue, and it shows best in Deadpool’s fight against Theodore Roosevelt, who even as an undead zombie is still the most badass of presidents. The fight scenes are wild and in-your-face, the latter being Deadpool’s blood and organs. I have high marks for the art as usual. Just look at the cover! The elephant is holding a gun! And the variant cover has the intentionally misleading “Deadpool: Friend to Animals” image. When Deadpool stuffs Teddy back into the grave, we see the disappointed Preston groaning at the sight of the dead [endangered] animals produced from Deadpool’s improvising. Clearly, nobody is taking anything seriously, like it should be.
I should remark that the writers are probably aware that this format can become formulaic until each dead president is made dead again, which is why introducing a rather strange ally at the end is not just a good idea but absolutely crucial to keep the reboot going. I also want to make a comment on how I still think the Marvel AR is not being utilized to its fullest here. A few artist thank-you’s were nice and a lovely treat, but with Deadpool, as I said last time, we can take this feature to the nth degree. Otherwise, the issue is very solid all around, and I’m glad I’m picking it up. Join me next time when I will show you how to recreate the Flintstones opening in real life.
– Jokes that give a history major an extra chuckle
– Things are being kept fresh at every issue
– Marvel AR still leaves a bit to be desired
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