Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan (Writer), Tony Moore (Artist), Val Staples (Colorist)

The Story: Deadpool needs to go in space to kill zombie Ronald Wilson Reagan who is planning to launch nukes on the entire Earth. Seems like sky was not the actual limit.

The Review: Well, this was a crazy issue. Enraged Russian chimps, a zombie Reagan, cultural references, jokes, gore, action scenes, Mexican food, magic and a whole lot of shenanigans, what’s not to like here?

Well, since this is a mostly humorous book, there can be flat jokes, which the series has unfortunately seen its share of. Here, however, there are a lot less of those, with some great gems that are quite hilarious (the first two pages alone are very funny indeed). There are some stinkers here, but overall, the humor has greatly improved.

What has improved, in an actually surprising way, would also be the plot as in the middle of the issue, the jokes takes a second seat as the story gets front and center, focusing on what is happening with the zombie presidents and how the relation between Deadpool, Agent Preston and Michael is now. This was something a bit unexpected and frankly, it was also more than welcome. A little dramatic twist here and there truly does help the book liven up a bit, showing that there is a character here under all those references and jokes.

Still, this issue, drama aside, has all the traditional elements that most fans of the merc-with-a-mouth have grown to love. Some great one-liners and some great action, especially the fight with Reagan, are shown here. It is hard to be inventive when doing fights in comics nowadays, but Duggan and Posehn does so here as if it was the easiest thing on the planet, throwing silly things with actually badass things. The way Deadpool finishes zombie Reagan off is pretty clever and brutal, showing us that although it’s a funny book, they mean business in the action department.

They also mean business in the pacing of their comic, as there is no scene that lingers on too much, yet it seems that the action and plot are always rolling on without being rushed. This seems like something small and nitpicky to point out, but considering there are a lot of comics who are way too decompressed in their storytelling methods, it is nice to see a book like this getting on with its action and story, however silly it may be.

What’s also nice to see is Tony Moore and his wonderful gory and violent art– which suits the book perfectly. The way he draws those zombie presidents, the astronaut chimps and all that wonderful action is very nice to see. Although he excels in the big stuff and the hyperbole, he is also genuinely good with facial expressions and poses, creating a very kinetic and energetic comic as a result. He is greatly helped in this by Val Staples who renders all this gore and other tidbits with great details thanks to the careful color work put in here.

The Conclusion: This is a very good Deadpool book, with everything you could ask for. There’s good humor, good action and violent yet beautiful art. If you like Deadpool, there is a high chance that you’ll love this current iteration of the deranged mercenary found in this volume.

Grade: B+

-Hugo Robberts Larivière

 

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