By Victor Gischler (Writer), Bong Dazo (Pencils), Jose Pimentel (Inks), and Matt Milla (Colors)

Some Thoughts Before The Review: The first issue of Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth wasn’t anything special. That said, it’s kind of cool to have a Deadpool series that’s disconnected from the current Marvel Universe because the character is generally, pretty fun to read about. I do worry about Deadpool fatigue kicking in though….

The Story: Deadpool and the blonde agent find a way to escape their primitive captors. As for the severed Deadpool head? It tells its origin story.

What’s Good: Because of the “no spoiler” policy we have here at the site, I, unfortunately, can’t exactly tell you the best part about Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #2. I can, however, say that it involves a rather surprising twist to the origin story of the severed Deadpool head. It makes a strange sort of sense and, to be honest, I dig it quite a bit.

On a technical level, the second issue of Merc with a Mouth is rock solid. As I said in my review of the first Merc issue, Bong Dazo is a great fit for a Deadpool series. His exaggerated, cartoony style does a great job of bringing Wade’s take on things to life. In addition, Dazo handles the various action scenes quite well. The dinosaur fight is very cool, as is the violent escape from the Savage Land headhunters. As for Victor Gischler, thanks to the story and the writing, it’s clear that he “gets” what makes Deadpool so appealing. And quite frankly, that’s really all I ask for in a book like Merc with a Mouth #2. The back and forth dialogue the mercenary has with himself (and the severed head) is quite humorous throughout the book, the storyline is suitably bizarre, and the plot twist is delightfully…uh…twisted.

What’s Not So Good: For as fun as the second Merc with a Mouth issue is, there’s no escaping the feeling that it occasionally tries too hard. From the over-sexualized blonde to the nonstop attempts at humor (not to mention the addition of ANOTHER Deadpool), the new Deadpool series lacks the charm of the Daniel Way series that manages to impress me almost every month. Merc with a Mouth certainly proves that there’s room for two Deadpool books if they are both handled correctly, but why buy both when one of them is clearly better?

Conclusion: There’s a lot of fun to be had with Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #2, but it’s far from a “must read” book. That said, it’s a fairly light week so it’s not a bad pickup if your comic stack is feeling a bit light.

Grade: C+

-Kyle Posluszny