By Mike Benson & Adam Glass (Writers), Carlo Barberi (Pencils), Sandu Florea (Inks), and Marte Gracia (Colors)
Some Thoughts Before The Review: Suicide Kings is a fun Deadpool team-up story. It’s a bit mindless and rather unnecessary, but at least it’s entertaining.
The Story: Deadpool and Spider-Man take on the Wrecking Crew before going after Tombstone.
What’s Good & What’s Not So Good: The problem I face when reviewing every issue of a mini-series is that I end up saying the same things over and over. With that in mind, please excuse me if what I say sounds a bit familiar. Onto the review… Deadpool: Suicide Kings #5 effectively brings a rather pointless Deadpool story to a close. It’s rather funny (I can’t believe Marvel let a “shot in the eye” joke into the book – by Spidey no less!) and filled with enough action to satisfy ‘pool fans, but the faults that have been there since the first issue are still present. Also, as I’ve come to expect, every positive thing is weighed down by something negative.
Mike Benson and Adam Glass employ the “see what sticks” approach to humor that Daniel Way uses, but it’s not as effective in Suicide Kings as it is in the ongoing Deadpool series. While a good portion of the humor hits solid enough, you can’t help but feel that Benson and Glass are trying just a bit too hard throughout most of the script. On the art side of things, Carlo Barberi and his team once again do solid, but frustrating, work. The notable negatives: the action can be hard to follow, character proportions are all over the place (Spidey’s head changes size on a few occasions), and ultimately, Barberi’s pencils make me think of what Paco Medina’s work would look like if it was a lot less polished. The notable positives: the color work is nice, the gore is surprisingly brutal, and the facial expressions give the book a lot of personality.
Conclusion: Deadpool: Suicide Kings #5 delivers pretty much what I’ve come to expect from the mini-series. That’s good in some cases and bad in others.