has always seemed to me to be one title that should have excelled.
You've got a smart-arsed mercenary in a Spider-Man-esque costume,
who's got next to no morals and likes to kill stuff. But somehow
the title has never really worked.
Well I say never, but
the first Deadpool team were great. The comics were very funny,
the art was great in a stylised kind of way, vibrant colours, lots
of action and the plot was just picking up when they all left.
Who knows why this
was, I suppose it's because sales weren't picking up too well, but
then again, after #1 Marvel never seemed to push the title. Add
to that the fact that no-one really knew who Deadpool was and you've
got yourselves a poor comic sales record.
A BAD PATCH
Then Deadpool went through a real bad patch. So much so that I even
considered dropping the title, but as I'd collected them from #1
I struggled on. Now I don't know why but certain teams seem to think
that the way to get the sales up and give a title that creative
push is to give it a nonsensical obscure story-line that baffles
even the most ardent readers; like that's going to pull the audiences
Anyway, after much
messing around, and even Deadpool's death (possibly Marvel's decision
to scrap the book?) and subsequent resurrection, he's back, and
with a new, all-star team behind him.
This book can only
be seen as a new beginning for me, which in all fairness was possibly
the only way to go. I certainly wouldn't have liked to have trolled
through all the appalling back issues of 'Deadpool in space' and
getting a curse from Odin to get a face like Tom Cruise, and then
trying to continue the already piss-poor storyline.
And that's exactly
what this team haven't done, well to a certain extent. I mean they
were probably told what happened, decided it was all shit and did
their own thing. Either that or Marvel told them it was all shit
and to do their own thing anyway, and they were like "Phew!
Well I'm glad you guys said it first!" No, if ever there was
a time to start reading Deadpool it's now.
A NEW TEAM
Just a word about the team first; the new writer is Gail Simmone
(I've not heard of her before, but I'm sure she's done cool stuff)
and Udon Studios, who did the 'Avengers Assemble' title for the
recent Marvel Mangaverse series - which to my mind was the sexiest
looking title of the bunch - with the artistic help of Alvin Lee
from Dreamwave Productions.
So that's the visuals
taken care of then, and Marvel have decided to Manga-up Deadpool
a little. Well let's face it, any title given a good Manga-ing over
instantly raises it's status among the other titles on the shelf.
But Deadpool seems somewhat deserving, not only because he uses
a katana (sometimes two) but it also seems to fit the type of comic
Anyway, we start the
issue off with a bit of a flashback to one of Deadpool's stories.
I say flashback, but it's not a flashback to any previous title
- like I say, this title seems to have washed its hands of any previous
attempts - this is just a personal flashback to a hit Deadpool had
to make which involved four feuding crime lords.
A BIT OF A BLUNDER
Anyway, the whole thing is that the hit was a bit of a blunder -
Deadpool fell through the skylight, but somehow managed to kill
all four crime bosses and escape (whilst getting shot in the butt).
This remarkable story
is now his claim to fame, and in the present time Deadpool has adoring
fans, sexy women hit on him, and he has his own underground mercenary
business, DP Inc.
The story goes on and
Deadpool gets a phone call about an extremely high-paying job to
pull off in Germany. He has a pretty long waiting list, but Deadpool
- being somewhat blinkered by money - ditches everything and heads
off, with his newly hired biographer, Ratbag the tramp, in tow.
He gets to Germany,
he storms the castle with the weapons provided, but getting there
he realises something's not right - no one appears to be bleeding.
Deadpool has been duped. The guy who hired him was one of the crime-bosses
cohorts, who's had it in for Deadpool since the night of the hit,
and here's his chance.
The guy is a neural-hacker
- he hacks the human brain - and Deadpool has been infected. His
memory is slowly being erased and so he's beaten and sent back to
his office with an insulting note pinned to his chest. And it looks
like this is just the start of Deadpool's problems.
THE FUTURES BRIGHT, THE FUTURES MANGA!
The new Deadpool is fantastic with the art and style excelling beautifully.
The writing, although not as funny as the first few issues, is still
humorous, but more importantly of all the title feels solid. That
may not make much sense, but if you've read any of the other issues
you'll know what I mean.
I expect great things
from the title with this team; I can only hope they keep going for
a long time yet. I also congratulate Marvel for making a good decision
with regards to Deadpool, and still being able to see it's potential
as a quality book. If you've never read Deadpool before then now
is the time to start reading, you won't be disappointed.
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