By Daniel Way (Writer), Paco Medina (Pencils), Juan Vlasco (Inks), and Marte Gracia (Colors)

After quite a hiatus, the “merc with a mouth” is back in his own series and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. That said, Deadpool’s return leaves a bit something to be desired because it is saddled with the unfortunate burden of debuting during the Secret Invasion. Maybe it is just event-fatigue kicking in, but I really didn’t feel like reading another story about attacking Skrulls meeting, discussing, and then battling unexpected resistance.

Let me just get it out of the way now and say that Deadpool #1 is pretty much exactly what I expected it was going to be. Skrulls attack a baseball game, realize there is some anomaly located in the stadium, and find themselves facing off against a well armed, armored mascot. As you have probably guessed, the mascot suit is being donned by none other than the ever-sarcastic Wade Wilson. While nothing particularly special, the Deadpool factor is what makes this book worth a look. His personality, mental instability, and taste for the wacky keeps things light and fun; something missing from a lot of Marvel books these days. While I would have preferred for this series to have debuted outside of the Secret Invasion stuff, the ending in this issue (only possible in a Deadpool series) gives me hope that the best is being made of a frustrating editorial situation. As a side note, I must mention that little is done to introduce Deadpool as a character. His personality takes front and center, but those unfamiliar with his history or completely new to the character might want to do a little research first.

On the technical end, let me just say that the creative team knocks this one out of the park (pun intended). Writer Daniel Way absolutely nails the goofy, off-the-wall tone necessary to keep the Invasion aspects from feeling stale. He perfectly hits a comfortable sweet-spot somewhere between cheesy/silly and genuinely funny. As for the artwork, the bright, vibrant and surprisingly violent visuals couldn’t be more fitting.

I strongly urge all Marvel fans to at least give Deadpool #1 a look. The book does a nice job reintroducing a fan-favorite to the masses, and the it’s refreshing and unique despite the fairly predictable Secret Invasion framework. While I do have my complaints, there is something to be said about a book that is just flat-out entertaining…and this one is. (Grade: B)

-Kyle Posluszny