The Despicable Deadpool #293
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Matteo Lolli
Inks by Christian Dalla Vecchia
Two NYPD officers are on the top of a bridge in New York when they see a helicarrier come into view. Normally, they would panic, but seeing who is on board only makes them annoyed. Deadpool is standing on the deck of the helicarrier, annoyed that he is being ignored until a force hits him so hard he almost falls off. That force belongs to Rogue. The X-Man is on a mission to bring him in so he can face trial for his actions during Secret Empire, but that’s easier said than done when Wade takes a leap off the helicarrier itself.
Rogue catches him and drops him off, violently on the street below and as he tries to escape, she decides to have a talk with her former friend. She lays out what he did and the fact that there are people who are willing to vouch for him when he’s sentenced. This leads Deadpool to lash out at Rogue even though she knows why he’s pushing people away. It’s a rare sober moment that shows some emotional depth. Fortunately, being Deadpool, it gets ruined pretty quickly.
Wade makes another impulse move in order to escape and he has a bit of a heart to heart with Rogue and another party is waiting to clean up Wade’s mess. Someone that Wade is going to have a unique and possibly violent reaction to when the two of them meet.
As a break in the Stryfe storyline that has been changing Wade’s dynamic with everyone, this serves as a friendly reminder that Deadpool is not the hero everyone keeps trying to turn him into. Even though he has done some heroic deeds in the past, he is still a mercenary and the mission that he is currently on is one that he can’t seem to find a way to break free from and his desperation is making for some inventive storytelling. The only drawback I would offer to this current issue is that Wade is almost too somber and that tone doesn’t fit with most of the story so far.
The art stands out and I love how the artist renders Rogue. As great as the action and pacing of the panels are, the artist’s rendition of Rogue, especially her eyes, stands out in this issue. There’s some great expression in them that is very well done.
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