DEADPOOL #4

By: Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan (Writers), Tony Moore (Artist), Val Staples (Colorist)

The Story: Deadpool battles even more zombie presidents. Can you believe it?!

The Review: Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn have a really tough job writing this series. Not only do they need to write humor and action, but they also have to write Deadpool, a character that has been everywhere for a few years and has gone into a lot of different directions with a plethora of writers.

He is a tricky character that can be written in many ways, but I do believe there are two distinct schools of Deadpool writers: the funny version, like Daniel Way in the beginning of the previous volume and the various mini-series with Deadpool as a central character. There also is the more characterized way, like Joe Kelly, Fabian Nicieza or Rick Remender. One makes more use of the character as a constant joke, with the humor being the complete focus of the book, while the other does not forsake the humor, but also show us that Wade Wilson is also a character with desires and certain empathy.

From what I can see from this volume so far, this title would fall in the former category, focusing on the humor aspect of the character rather than Deadpool as a person. It is by no mean a bad approach, as it can be used to write fun adventures full of humor without having to care too much about continuity or all the things that could fall in the way of the uncomplicated story and its many jokes. Considering the two writers are comedians and humorists, it makes sense for them to go this way.

Unfortunately, even though it makes sense, a lot of those jokes don’t work. Not all of them of them are bad, mind you, but about half of them falls a bit flat, be them visual or in the dialogue. What works, however, is absolutely hilarious, like the opening shot of Wade Wilson dressed as Marylin Monroe to battle JFK, the recap page or any mention of how Deadpool knows how a comic is usually written (I always was fond of the well-written fourth-wall jokes found in Cable and Deadpool.)

Talking about the writing, I have to say that even though the actual story is not quite the focus, it still has its merits, particularly on the action. Some of the action scenes are actually well paced and funny, making this a far better experience for us readers. The supporting characters are actually good too, acting as good foils to some of Deadpool jokes, even though some of them do fall flat.

If there is one thing that is far from falling flat, it would be Tony Moore’s energetic and superb art, gracing us with some well-done gore. His pacing and his action poses makes those actions scenes quite something to watch, be it when Deadpool slices zombie presidents or when he battles Lincoln in the ring. I had always loved how Tony Moore drew monsters and I had my doubt about how he could make the zombie presidents visually interesting. Thankfully, they are very well-done, thanks in no small part to his designs and the color work of Val Staples. Even though some of the jokes don’t always hit home, we can count on Tony Moore to make any comic he draws interesting visually.

The Conclusion: A mildly funny comic with terrific art, surprisingly great action and all the Deadpool shenanigans the fans could ask for. If Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan improves a little bit with the jokes and continue like this with the rest, we may end up with a truly memorable Deadpool run.

Grade: B

Hugo Robberts Larivière

Some Musing: ‘’You’re a vapid, unfunny, pale shade of a hero. You’re unintelligent, uncreative, and unremarkable in every way. You don’t seem to do anything well except heal yourself, and appear everywhere! I don’t understand your appeal!’’ Harsh words Mr. Lincoln.

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