It’s so refreshing to see Deadpool with his own series again. I have to admit, for all my love of Thor and the Cap being such amazing heroes, Marvel has some damn great anti-heroes, most certainly including Deadpool, who always sets off with the intention of selling to the highest bidder, and more often than not, tends to come home with no cash at all because much to his dismay, he did something stupid… like the ‘right thing.’
Lead up to the Story
Deadpool has been engaging in shenanigans as usual, been jumped by random b and c list villains, most recently Tiger Shark, out smarted friend and foe alike, and served up enemies to zombies. Through all of this, he’s found out that both his friend Bob and Tiger Shark were hired to take him out. The hit was put out by none other than Norman Osborn, or Oscorp. Basically, if you weren’t paying attention, Norman Osborn is the new Tony Stark and runs the new SHIELD (called HAMMER). He tricked the world into thinking he was a savior by killing the Scrull queen, using information that Deadpool got for Nick Fury. All in all, Deadpool is pissed, and this is part 1 of what we can hope is a good old showdown at noon.
Daniel Way has Deadpool begins his assault on Stark Tower.. Osborn Tower? I don’t know. He’s assaulting it anyway (this review is starting to sound more and more like a Deadpool comic). As I said above, this is the first part of the story arc, called Magnum Opus, and is part 1 of 4. It starts with just a little back story, and goes straight into action really. Deadpool initially runs into some robotic traps, steals the Iron Man chest piece, throws some bad hair jokes Osborn’s direction, and begins his ascent. We are then plunged into a classic Deadpool hallucination. This one is a Jack and the Beanstalk parody, and although it is only a few pages in length, it falls sort of flat. Not that it is bad, it just seems to be an unnessessary stopping point in the story, a storyline bottle neck of sorts. As unfortunately for us that it does, things start going worse for Deadpool when he gets into a fight with his inner monologue, or readers. I can never tell if the white boxes are supposed to be readers, a voice in his head, and if the yellow boxes are him thinking. No matter what the case, they’re ignoring him, because when he reaches the top, it’s not Osborn who’s waiting for him, it’s the Thunderbolts.
The art is pretty well done, Paco Medina has the Deadpool look down to a T. Explosions, guns, action scenes, he can do them with great skill. Basically, everything that you are most likely to encounter in a standard issue of Deadpool. Sometimes faces are an issue, and can come out disproportional (for example, see the recap page), but this is the exception rather than the rule. The hallucination, which I mentioned was not my favourite part of the story, really gives Medina a chance to shine, and he takes it. Everything is much more comic than usual, and I mean that in two ways. First, it’s absolutely ridiculous, which is awesome, the adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk is right on target. Secondly, if you look behind the action, you’ll see that the background is actually made up of dots, as the old comics and newspapers were. The only major criticism that I have is that when Deadpool takes the Iron Man chest piece, it’s not immediately apparent. I had to look back and check a few times, and maybe this was intentional, but there could have been a larger colour and size difference. That said however, the third page or so, the full page spread with Deadpool decked out to assault Stark/Osborn tower is pretty fantastic, it’s always great to see how each artist will render Deadpool fully equipped for action.
Is it Worth Buying?
I would say absolutely, this looks to be a good story arc. We know that Daniel Way can write a good story, and he’s set it up perfectly for a high action comic in the next issue, with a great cliffhanger. Even to non-deadpool fans, I would recommend picking up the next few issues of Deadpool. The story is great, the art is great. Daniel Way has come into his own with his ability to deliver one-liners befitting Deadpool, with just enough humor, and a few thrown in there that probably only make sense to Deadpool himself. I will be looking forward to the next issue, to see how the merc with a mouth settles the score not only with the Thunderbolts, but also with the voices in his head.
EDIT: Magnum Opus is Deadpool 8-9 and Thunderbolts 130-131.