The Merc with a Mouth finds himself… in politics? His latest job has him going after the King of Monsters and he finds himself in the middle of Monster culture. Come check out what happens in Deadpool #1 by Marvel!
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Chris Bachalo, Wayne Faucher, Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Jamie Mendosa, Livesay, and Victor Olazaba
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Editor: Jake Thomas
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: November 20th, 2019
Previously on Deadpool: Deadpool has a lot of popularity in pop culture. Between a loud mouth that breaks the fourth wall in X-Force to two very successful movies; Deadpool is a popular character that is sure to tell a good story. This new adventure puts him at odds with the King of Monsters on Staten island. Come check the unkillable and cancer riddled antihero Wade Wilson attempting another impossible job!
THE FEARLESS MERC
The story starts with Wade Wilson being torn in half and talking to a bird monster wearing a suit jacket and a tie. He then heads into a flashback sequence that reveals that yesterday was his birthday and that he took this job because he was alone. After repairing himself, Deadpool teams up with Monster Hunter Elsa Bloodstone and they are able to defeat the King of Monsters. By monster politics, this makes Deadpool the new King and thus Deadpool tries to figure out how to rule. Realizing that this isn’t Game of Thrones, he accepts his fate and tries his best to solve problems creatively. However, after his first day as King is done his aide is attacked and seemingly killed by Kraven the Hunter!
THE KING FALLS A LITTLE SHORT
Deadpool is usually depicted as a witty guy who is trying to make the best out of a bad situation. The biggest issue with this story is that Deadpool doesn’t seem very witty. There were some quirky moments involving Gwenpool and a scene involving ice cream but the dialogue simply wasn’t engaging. Without engaging dialogue we have come to expect from the title character, I needed something else to carry the story through. The art was not the carry. Often the panels were zoomed in really close or too far and many of the backgrounds seemed rather mundane. There were also six different inkers in this book and panels didn’t always flow seamlessly because of this. Without the witty banter and a visual stimulus the book disappointed me.
I also want to take a moment and talk about non-linear storytelling. In a story, a linear plot tells events in chronological order. When you insert a flashback, you are taking a scene out of chronological order which creates a non-linear sequence of events. In many television shows, you get an episode where the main character is in a sticky situation and then the protagonist goes, “Let me tell you how I got here” with a caption that says “12-hours earlier”. In Deadpool, we have a similar sequence. Wade Wilson is ripped in half and then suddenly we are using a flashback to reveal how he got here. The biggest issue is that the flashback didn’t matter to the plot of the story. You could have left the 4 or so pages out and kept the story flowing and it would have been better paced. Only use non-linear storytelling if it helps the plot, otherwise there is no need to give this excess information.
BOTTOM LINE: SHOULD BE BETTER
This is a good creative team but the book was rather lackluster. The cameos that we have only slows down the story instead of providing engaging content. This is a tough sell for me and I hope the creative team gets the flow they need. 2.5 out of 5 stars for Deadpool #1.
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The biggest issue with this story is that Deadpool doesn’t seem very witty. There were some quirky moments involving Gwenpool and a scene involving ice cream but the dialogue simply wasn’t engaging.