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

Some Thoughts Before The Review: While Shawn Crystal’s work definitely has its merits, I’d be lying if I acted as though I wasn’t pumped for the return of Paco Medina and his art team.

The Story: After pondering life and death for a while, Deadpool decides to head to San Francisco…

What’s Good: Just when I think I’ve got Daniel Way’s approach to Deadpool figured out, he goes off and makes the character get all existential and, shockingly, somewhat sympathetic. It works FAR better than you might expect (and, as a philosophy fan, I find it to be pretty satisfying). The subject matches the setting (‘pool adrift at sea, talking to himself) so everything just sort of “clicks” in the right way. The character is still funny, but the philosophical back and forth he has with himself, a dead shark, and death finally gives the character some depth. Depth, I might add, that’s quite welcome in my opinion. The book eventually returns to it’s regularly scheduled programming once the character takes the advice of a bullet-riddled shark (obviously…). Hilarity ensues and you quickly come to realize that Way isn’t looking to abandon what made the series such a hit in the first place.

The artwork in Deadpool #15 expertly captures both tones that Daniel Way goes for. It proves that the art team has some serious range (and that the team is one of the best that Marvel has). The first half of the latest Deadpool is violent, moody, and appropriately bleak. The second half is bright, goofy, and sure to cause a reaction of some sort (San Fran ‘pool, ’nuff said).

What’s Not So Good: In all honesty, I’m not exactly sure I’m on board with the direction that Deadpool seems to be taking. It has potential because it’s always fun to see Deadpool interact with others in the Marvel U., but the recent track record of “X” crossovers is– well, quite frankly, shitty. I’d hate to see the series get dragged down like Dark Avengers has been.

Conclusion: While I’m not quite excited about the destination, getting there should be a pretty cool ride if Deadpool #15 is any indication.

Grade: B+

-Kyle Posluszny