Deadpool Max #2 sees Wade Wilson unknowingly entrenched in a Mental Hospital. It’s easy to feel a kinship with the character, since actually buying this book is the equivalent to being clinically insane.
Sexual Therapy Ensues
It would appear that the Deadpool Max series has been downgraded from an ongoing title to a 5 issue miniseries. Based on the first two issues of the series, each month will see a ‘done in one,’ single-issue story. There are threads that loosely connect the monthly issues, but it looks like the approach will be similar to DC’s current publishing model for Jonah Hex.
Deadpool begins issue 2 by speaking to a beautiful therapist, his diminished mental acuity provides him with a ‘translation’ of everything she’s saying to him. Of course he imagines that she craves his manhood and wants to mount him like a dear’s head in a hunting lodge. As it turns out, he’s absolutely right.
Who’s Feeling Up For Some Racial Epithets, Pedophilia & Incest? Anyone? Anyone?
The plot turns incredibly convoluted and ultimately sees Deadpool in a mental hospital, unknowingly pegged to have his internal organs harvested. In the meanwhile, Wilson finds himself immersed in the patient/therapist relationship and in addition to sexual congress, flashes back to portions of his childhood that inevitably led to his mental collapse.
Bob, his handler and former Hydra agent, uses racist epitaphs when explaining an upcoming assignment. In an effort to subvert the blame of such reprehensible dialogue, he adds that those terms are a direct quote, and not his language. Some of Deadpool’s flashbacks with his parents involve physical and emotional abuse, including pedophilia and incest.
Lets Push Some Buttons & Hope For The Best
Writer David Lapham is no stranger to over the top, mature content. One only has to read his work on Avatar Press’ Crossed: Family Values to see that his sandbox is twisted and full of darkness. However, in a Deadpool book where dark humor is a core component of the title, mixing in racist language and child abuse is a contextual nightmare. There is nothing funny about these two subjects and other than wanting to shock the reader, I can’t imagine how the story benefits from the inclusion of such content.
Bottom Line: Buyer Beware. PASS!
As much as I revered issue 1, I loathed issue 2 and that’s a shame. There is too much potential being wasted for me to consider continued reading of this book. I wholeheartedly recommend that you pass on this issue and save yourself a nasty reading experience. This ‘earns’ a paltry 1 out of 5 stars.