Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #2
Deadpool, if there's a more divisive character in comics right now enjoying a Wolverine-level push its him. You either love him or hate him and there's hardly any middle ground it seems. I was a big fan but the way Marvel have been throwing Deadpool books at us the past year is crazy and I was seriously getting burned out with 4 monthlies coming out only to be joined by this MK mini.
With that out of the way, this is finally the tone I've been waiting for since Kelly left the book: funny, over-the-top violent, fourth wall breaking while still given glimpses of how disturbed Deadpool truly is.
Also, gone are the Pool-O-Vision or arguing with himself via dialog boxes from the past couple of years which I'm grateful for...it felt like those dead horses were being beaten to death in the above mentioned monthlies far too often.
As for the story of this issue outside of the general plot of the mini is pretty straightforward: the origin of Deadpool, if you can believe anything coming out of his mouth that is.
A neat thing about it was that the story was being told overlapped by a conflicting intel report that described Wade Wilson as an army screwup who was diagnosed with cancer and made to be a guinea pig against his will for Weapon X. Meanwhile in Deadpool's version he was a model soldier who was offered the spot in the program to cure his cancer and took it.
That eventually leads to the formation of team Weapon X which considered of other program graduates like Bullseye, Domino and Silver Sable....but wait, doesn't that contradict continuity? Sure does, but hey, its a MK title.
All of this is tied into the larger story of the mini which involves Deadpool on trial, Domino incarcerated and Bulleye and Silver Sable still unaccounted for. The cause for the trial? Deadpool eventually came to believe he and the rest of the team were comic book superheroes and this somehow led to an incident where Deadpool apparently killed countless innocents.
My thoughts: Deadpool is a character that usually requires you to throw your common sense out of the window like you're name is Mark Millar and common sense is a baby, hang on and just take the ride. He's not some kind of serious brooding character like Batman, Punisher or something like that, he's certifiably deranged killer with a sense of humor mixed with a twisted psyche as was very evident in the opening moment with the Michael Jackson mask (complete with classic MJ crotch grab
Once you get that out of the way along with the continuity question the story is solid. Swierczynski is a solid writer. Loved his Iron Fist and the mini's he wrote in Deadpool #900.....of the best stories in that book. He knows how to structure a good story irrespective of the massive contrast in tones between this and his other comic work and knows precisely how to use the character. At a time where Gischler is running on decompression fumes and Daniel Way seems to be at the lowest he's been on DP since he took the book I'm glad Swierczynski put this mini out. It's Deadpool done right, which is very rare to see these days where he pop's up in every damn book.
Pearson's art is nice. It's a bit different than what I'm used to, especially in some frames, but there's no denying he can draw and he sure drew his ass off whether its close-ups or the more detailed shots.