The interactive role-playing comic-book experience is about to come to a close, but there are still a few unanswered questions. Your Major Spoilers review of You Are Deadpool #5 awaits!
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Salva Espin
Colorist: Guru e-FX
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Editor: Jordan D. White
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 30, 2018
Previously in You Are Deadpool: After stealing a time helmet from Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man, Wade Wilson has been hurtled through time, space and dimension. Depending on how you played the meta-game, you may have read the previous four issues in different order, but nonetheless, the climactic issue is upon us, and ‘Pool’s most difficult fight is still ahead.
It’s all in how you roll, really…
THE FINAL BATTLE
Our story begins with Deadpool arriving somewhat unceremoniously in the courtroom of the Time Variance Authority, to be put on trial for his crimes against time. All that goes by the wayside, when it is revealed the TVA has been infiltrated and replaced… by ZARRKO! And Zarrko. And Zarrko and Zarrko and Zarrko and… Yeah, it’s bad. Thankfully, the very nature of time becomes the wedge Wilson needs to turn the tide, allowing him to both escape and not escape, and leading to the meat of our story. In fact, it’s also the new mechanic of things, as another minigame leads to an army of Deadpools, allowing the reader to dedicate groups of him to different eras. There are some really great jokes about the nature of time, a few at the reboot-happiness of modern comics publishers and one really pointed jab at the writer’s work on post-Secret Wars. The ending left me giggling, and there’s even a moment the echoes the best part of Deadpool’s first movie outing.
I’M IN AWE OF THIS BOOK
When I reviewed issue number one on the Major Spoilers Podcast, I was taken with how well the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ gimmick worked, but as the series continued, it became even more impressive. This issue completes the streak with a flourish, avoiding the usual letdown at the end of a miniseries, giving us an ending that closes off this story perfectly, even admitting that the ending makes this story a ‘What If?’ by default. Salva Espin’s art is solid throughout the issue, and I honestly didn’t realize that it wasn’t the work of Paco Diaz until I was ready to review. No matter what wackiness the story provides, Espin makes it look great, even the return of guest-stars Justice Peace and Keiron Gillen. Best of all, when multiple Deadpools come into play, they’re clearly the same character at different points in his timeline, a much harder proposition that one might immediately expect. Bonus points to this issue for making the only comic-book “After-Credits Sequence” that actually works. In fact, it works on two levels, combining a satisfying ending with a story-driven “Bad Ending” for extra fun.
BOTTOM LINE: WORTH EVERY MOMENT AND EVERY CENT
The accomplishment that is this series cannot be underestimated, Faithful Spoilerites. The fact that Ewing and company used (and broke) the rules of sequential storytelling to make it all work is nothing short of remarkable, and it almost couldn’t have worked with any other character. You Are Deadpool #5 is well-drawn, masterfully plotted and really funny, making for a truly unique issue, a truly unique series and one really good cheap shot at the ‘New Age of DC Heroes’, earning 5 out of 5 stars overall. I make no apologies for loving this one and I can’t recommend it enough, especially for fans of Deadpool or students of comic storytelling.