Deadpool #1

Marvel Comics

Written by Skottie Young

Art by Nic Klein and Scott Hepburn

Colors by Ian Herring

Letters by Jeff Eckleberry

Wade Wilson is trying to get back into the mercenary game and that means taking on some dangerous contracts for not that much money and even less in the way of dignity if he ever really had any.

Deadpool has come out the other side of his previous arc with no memory of what happened to him other than who he once was and what he’s good at. It opens the doors for the merc with a mouth that we all know and strips away the verbose, sullen Deadpool that was in the previous arc. Time will tell if this a good or bad thing, but it is fun to witness in this issue. It also looks like the creative team is trying to tie this iteration of Deadpool to his movie counterpart with appearances by Dopender and Negasonic Teenage Warhead as members of Deadpool’s team.

As Deadpool contemplates where he is in the game, he laments that he needs something bigger and in true comic book fashion, the story delivers. Deadpool decides that he needs an event to get back into the big time and what emerges from outer space and scares the crap out of Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy might be exactly what he needs. Peter decides to contact the Avengers in one of the funniest parts of the issue and I enjoyed the dry humor of Tony Stark in that moment and the visual gag in the next panel. It’s a great way of tying Wade into a bigger story and giving him something interesting to work with going forward.

What ties up this issue and gives the reader a good indication of where Deadpool is going in the future is a little fourth wall breaking action of Wade trying to use his mindwipe as a means of creating his own backstory. A feat that isn’t helped by Wade’s lack of originality as he seems to keep rehashing origins from Hulk to Spider-Man to a certain farm boy and his friend who witnessed the murder of his parents. It’s a fun aside that reminds the reader of the no-holds-bar nature of Deadpool.

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