Reviews – Marvel Comics: Deadpool #10

Posted: May 29, 2013 in Reviews - Marvel Comics
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Written By: Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Art By: Mike Hawthorne / Colours By: Val Staples / Letters By: Joe Sabino
Price: $2.99

It’s Deadpool and the Superior Spider-Man versus the Blandtastic Four, and Batroc the Leaper. Sound ridiculous? Of course it does, it’s a Deadpool book. Here’s the thing though, and I’m sure this says something about my sense of humor, but I believe this may have been the funniest and best issue of the current series to date.

So we all know that Deadpool is out of his mind and generally a goof. So what do you think happens when you give him a straight man in the form of Otto Octavius (in Peter Parker’s body of course) and a cast of what I will generously refer to as C-list villains? Well, jokes happen. A lot of jokes. This is Deadpool in all his comedic glory and basically exactly what I was expecting when I first heard that Brian Posehn would be penning this book. There are subtle nods, such as the ghost of Ben Franklin angrily leaving Deadpool’s side for the comfort of a strip club named Amazing Fantasy. There are puns, such as the aforementioned Blandtastic Four, used to refer to the assemblage of Taskmaster, Chance, Paste Pot Pete and Lady Stilt Man. Without question though, the highlight is definitely the interaction between Deadpool and Spider-Man as Deadpool mocks Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, particularly Doctor Octopus and then goes on to petition Spider-Man for membership in the Avengers. Alright, now that I’ve covered my personal highlights, there actually is a bit more going on here then just an onslaught of jokes. Everything I’ve mentioned to this point is revolving around the continuing story of the job Deadpool has taken on for the demon Vetis in an effort to save his friend Michael. The target for this issue is Daniel Gump, a businessman who sold his soul for pre-cognitive powers and is now venturing into a life of crime, which is what set Spider-Man’s sights on him setting up the issue’s featured team-up. Exactly what Deadpool’s plan for dealing with Vetis is has yet to become clear, but his recent moves have caused further tension between himself and Agent Preston, their interaction in this issue taking a backseat to that with Spider-Man, and caused the departure of Ben Franklin’s ghost I mentioned earlier. Clearly things are building to a confrontation between Deadpool and Vetis, most likely in an issue or two, for Michael’s soul and I have to say I’m looking forward to that more then ever after this issue. This book just seems to be getting better with each instalment.

I do have to say that the organ snatching plot was completely absent from this issue, but considering how much fun I had reading this issue I’m certainly willing to overlook that. Besides, I expect that particular story thread will make its way back to the forefront as the Vetis story draws to a close. If you’re into Deadpool as a character or Brian Posehn as a comedian at all folks, then pick this one up, you’ll have a good time with it.

Score: 9.0


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