Deadpool #11 Review

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‘Deadpool’ has reached the end of its latest arc and it has managed to do so in a very different style than it typically would have done as fans were offered a moment of clarity rather than one of bloodshed. Could such a drastic departure from form still make for a good read?

For the past few months, Deadpool has been at war with Sabretooth due to him mistakenly believing that ‘Tooth killed his parents. It all started back in the 25th anniversary edition of Deadpool and thus marks the longest of Gerry Duggan’s continuous ‘Pool stories. To say that the journey up until this point has been a troubled one would be an understatement as the quality has fluctuated wildly with each passing issue. One week you would get a perfectly good instalment full off off-beat humour and insane violence, the next you would be subjected to the most painfully unfunny jokes and bland action possible. It has to be said though that people do often tend to remember the beginnings and conclusions of arcs without paying a great deal of mind to the murky middle part, so if this issue were to be good then people could realistically look back fondly on this whole story.

That then begs the question, was it good? Well, and this is surprising to write, yes it was. In a move that really broke the series out of its recent slump Duggan brought a great deal to the table. Firstly, there’s the fact that he pumped this issue full of humour and as such it is the truest representation of Deadpool he has put forward so far. There are many moments that can be pointed to from which you will likely get a giggle but this page was a personal favourite.

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Not to rest too heavily on laughs, Duggan also ensured that there was an emotional resonance to his tale and that Deadpool finished the story in a different place to which he started. This Sabretooth arc has always been primarily about Wade’s journey of discovery and self-acceptance and that is exactly what this finale acknowledged. He discovered the truth about who really killed his parents and he didn’t have a breakdown when he realised that it was he who did it. Even Doctor Strange, who popped up for a small role, confirmed for audiences that ‘Pool has gone through tremendous personal growth as he reveals that he has suppressed many of these memories and that Deadpool has rediscovered them before too, only this time is the first that he hasn’t tried to kill Strange upon his remembering.

This almost blissful ending is not without its foreboding though as Madcap popped up once more as a figment of Deadpool’s imagination as served as a signal that the hard times are not over and there is still more baggage for ‘Pool to deal with. The reintroduction of Madcap to the series would be a great move as he is a highly effective villain for ‘Pool to face off with and will switch the tone back to a slightly creepier one, something everyone loves to see.

It appears that Matteo Lolli has really come into his own as an artist as he delivers yet another dynamic issue full off bright images and largely realistic characters. You get a real sense of emotion through his work on facial expressions and even the masked Deadpool conveys feeling with ease. All of this combines with the wonderful colourist, Ruth Redmond, to make a fresh feeling comic.

Between the appearances of Doctor Strange and Magneto, and the massive character progression for Deadpool, this proves to be one of the best issues in this series’ run. It’s not difficult to get hyped for the next arc, although the fact that they’re doing a one issue return to the 2099 arc leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Score: 9.0/10.

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Deadpool #11 Review

Deadpool #10 Review

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In a remarkable turn of events Deadpool improved dramatically in its last instalment. So much so that the series became one to watch for the first time in its entire run. That turnaround meant that this issue found the book at something of a crossroads, it could either continue to gain traction or it could revert back to the sorry state it was in just a few issues back.

Or it could stay steady without getting any worse or any better. Yeah, that’s the one they went with.

As you may have seen as the climax of issue nine, Sabretooth sat in a seedy restaurant and awaited yet another showdown with Deadpool. One would assume that that would mean bullets flying, swords swinging, and claws slicing. But no, Gerry Duggan decided that the most logical way to go just wasn’t for him as this book opened on a more puzzling note.

Sabretooth was indeed sat in the same place when the story began but instead of Deadpool busting in and going to war with his animalistic nemesis yet again he opted to do something a little different… he sat down and shared a meal with him. This was one of those moments that made you question just how Duggan ever made a name for himself in the writing business in the first place. The fans wanted to see these two do battle once more and it would have been the only thing that made sense too considering how Deadpool believes Sabretooth killed his parents but instead they got a rather nondescript bit of conversation. It is hard to even recall any stand out moment from that portion of the book despite having just put it down, that’s how little of an impact Duggan’s writing made in this instance.

Some of the entertainment factor from the last book was recovered however as the two men engaged in a somewhat epic chase scene on motorbikes. It has to be said that the art was on fine form throughout this sequence as Matteo Lolli managed to inject each static shot with a fluidity of movement that you would have been forgiven for not thinking him capable of capturing. The writing? That was less impressive. The jokes flowed well and that’s where the entertainment comes in but the actual plot devices were idiotic especially as it pertains to the end of said chase. What happened there was that two helicopter collided for no discernable reason other than it being convenient for Duggan. Why work hard when you can hardly work?

From there Deadpool and Sabretooth abandoned their fight to the death and rescued the civilians from the wreckage. Of course, neither of them could resist getting in one a few wise cracks at the injured parties’ expense. In that lies Duggan’s strong suit of excellent characterisation, though it does little to make up for the glaring plot holes.

The real highlight of the issue was the ending, which will not be spoiled here as to do so would be to rob you of the chance to read it yourself and get that little jolt of excitement ahead of issue eleven. Let’s just say that it is nice to see Deadpool being his remorseless self. The stakes definitely got ramped up for Sabretooth.

In the review of the last issue one major sticking point was the art. It was far too cartoonish and didn’t do the book justice whatsoever. That’s seemingly changed overnight though as this really was a deeply enjoyable book on that front. Matteo Lolli may now have found his footing after a shaky start to his Deadpool career and as such he is starting to turn out some gorgeous artwork. Earlier the fluid movement was mentioned but it should also be noted that the expressions on character’s faces as well as their look in general are both vastly improved. Really, Matteo was the high point of this issue which is something that was previously highly unlikely to ever be said. The cover art is still ugly to the point of causing nausea unfortunately.

All things considered, this was not a great issue but it was by no means a bad one either. The current storyline is still very promising and stops you from wanting to drop the title any time soon. That being said it still isn’t living up to its potential and the thought of replacing Duggan as writer is once again at the fore.

Score: 6.8/10

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Deadpool #10 Review

Deadpool #9 Review

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It is fair to say that Deadpool has been less than impressive thus far in its current run. In fact, it is a contender for the title of the worst AN-AD title, beaten out by the atrocious AN-AD Avengers book. With that in mind it is without much hope that many will have trudged into issue nine of this much beleaguered title. What a surprise it will have been then to find that this series finally seems to be on the right track despite having the worst cover art around.

The biggest problem that caused the most fan headaches in the past eight issues has been that nothing ever seems to be all that serious. Even when Wade is staring down Madcap, a man who’s healing factor is better than Wade’s, it all feels quite light and more like a blip on ‘Pool’s radar than a potentially fatal situation. Yes, Deadpool is a fairly jovial character with a twisted sense of humour and occasional happy go lucky approach to life but he is at his very best when all of that is mixed in with the appropriate level of sadness and tragedy. At long last that has finally happened as Gerry Duggan has upped his game and delivered a book that is worthy of the $3.99 price tag.

From the off it is clear that everything has been amped up a little in order to better fit with the Deadpool you all know and love. This is no more apparent than in the prolonged fight sequence between Deadpool and Sabretooth where the over the top violence is expertly mixed with some genuinely funny moments to make something that outshines all that has come before it. The scene that pops into mind is when both men stop fighting in order to ensure that a passing school bus does not witness the carnage. Their efforts are for naught though as ‘Pool has a katana sticking through his thorax, Sabretooth has been slashed to ribbons, and there is blood absolutely saturating the surrounding area. It provided a nice little break in the battle and showed how easy it is to get Deadpool right when you really try.

The evolving plot between these two unkillable characters is proving to be an engaging one, capable of potentially drawing back a few jaded fans if it continues on in the same manner that is has started. To see two broken men battling it out for a shot at redemption is something that has delighted and enthralled audiences of all types of media for years and it exactly what you get with Deadpool vs. Sabretooth. Each has their own vastly disparate motivations and personalities but in bringing them together for a common goal, Duggan may have stumbled upon a winning formula. The battles are intense but there should be no doubt that the back and forth between them once they inevitably pair up will be wildly entertaining as Sabretooth plays the straight man to Deadpool’s juvenile joker.

There is still a way to go before this series redeems itself and it is still far from perfect as the criticism now switches from the writing to the art. Whilst it is not offensively bad it still deserves no praise from even the most generous of readers. The most glaring problem is that the style is too cartoony so as to take away from the weight of certain sections. It is hard to buy into a fight to the death when it is presented in a colourful and playful manner. This tone might have suited one or two earlier issues in the series but it most certainly does not do Deadpool justice now.

It was not entirely doom and gloom on the artistic front as the subdued, eerie colours used in the flashback sequence to Deadpool being brainwashed were brilliantly done and added tremendously to the foreboding tone of the scenes. It is a shame that the same effect wasn’t used on the flashback to the childhood of Sabretooth as doing so would have established a running theme for the book and provided a sense of continuity between scenes that Matteo Lolli and Ruth Redmond have otherwise lacked.

So yes, the art work, particularly the cover, is really rather poor but the story has come on in leaps and bounds. The dynamic between Deadpool and Sabretooth is something that should continue to grow and entertain over the course of the next few books as will the increasingly brutal nature of the titular merc. Should Duggan continue in this upwards trajectory then fans could finally receive the Deadpool title that they have deserved for the last couple of months.

Score: 7.5/10

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Deadpool #9 Review