Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #2 Review
What a piece of shit book. I can tolerate some real crap when it comes to comics. I'm not too picky. I'm not looking for fucking Proust in my Deadpool comic books (though this one is so boring there are similarities), but at the very least, I'd like to believe that the creators are putting forth their best effort. If this is Duane Swierczynski's best effort... well, there's no need for this review to get mean.
Let's just say that this book is packed with lame or poorly executed gimmicky concepts, cringe-worthy dialog, and uninspired attempts at humor, and since those things are what a Deadpool comic depends on, the reader is pretty much fucked when they purchase this book.
The premise is odd and doesn't really make sense. Deadpool is on trial before Congress or some shit like that (lame or poorly executed gimmicky concept #1), and he is retelling his own origin story (lame or poorly executed gimmicky concept #2), which involves a covert government black ops team creating a team of super-powered miscreants (lame or poorly executed gimmicky concept #3) and sending them to do secret evil government dirty work (lame or poorly executed gimmicky concept #4). At the same time, parts of Deadpool's story, or possibly all of it, as the writing and art isn't clear enough to differentiate, is bullshit, so we see what might have actually happened alongside what Deadpool is saying happened (lame or poorly executed gimmicky concept #5). Also this occurs in an alternate universe apparently, which is not only lame or poorly executed gimmicky concept #6, but also nonsensical, since Deadpool's history has been pretty much dragged through the gutter already by Marvel, meaning no one would really complain if this book just took place in continuity, except perhaps for the use of Domino, Silver Sable, and Bullseye, who are completely nonessential to the story and appear for no reason other than that the creators must have thought it would be totally wicked to use them. Basically, there is no valid reason this book could not have been made to fit into current continuity, or vice versa.
The plot here is atrocious. Deadpool approaches his trial or hearing or whatever it is using some "you can't handle the truth" defense, and compounds this with wacky, zany, irreverent shit-talking which fails on every level of attempting to be funny. Every time Deadpool makes a Michael Jackson or Lady Gaga reference, I am filled with embarrassment for reading this. Did someone leave a douche open? It's getting kind of chilly in here. I realize that writing funny dialog in a comic book is tough, because not everyone is funny. However, Deadpool is a character that Marvel has pushed into a corner where every single panel he appears in must be outrageously funny or ridiculous, or it comes off as sad and pathetic. Deadpool has become a one-dimensional character, defined by his gimmicks, and as a result requires a writer who excels at those gimmicks to work. Swierczynski is not that writer. This is more Marvel's fault than his for accepting this pitch, likely because a Deadpool comic is guaranteed to sell no matter how bad it is.
The art here is also uninspired. It's not terrible, and it's not exactly flawed, but it's inconsequential and generic. The style isn't great, and it manages to tell a story on only the most rudimentary level. After Deadpool cringeworthily tells the Jugglers that he can beat up the entire government, Pearson shows him beating up some guards in a few awful panels where he awkwardly punches or kicks guards while singing Lady Gaga lyrics. It is drawn like a moderately talented teenager is doodling during Math class so he can show his friends at lunch. It doesn't belong in a Marvel comic book. Of course, Pearson may just be phoning it in - I certainly would if I was handed this script and told to draw it. That's really no excuse though. Both creators are to blame for this book sucking ass.
Deadpool used to be a pretty cool character, but even his most die-hard fans have to admit he is overexposed and watered down, not to mention reduced to an all gimmick, no substance character at this point. However, it IS possible to write a decent Deadpool book. Way's main title is not bad and funny at times. Merc with a Mouth has actually gotten decent. Deadpool Team-Up has had some good stories as well. So it's not impossible to put out an enjoyable Deadpool book. This book is not that, and so we have to accept that the creators fail here, and they fail miserably and in public. Shame on them.
If you want to read a good Deadpool book, pick up Deadpool Corps, one of the best books on the stands period. Leave this shit alone.
Score: 1 (It doesn't even succeed at failing well, so it doesn't earn a zero.)
Last edited by S.F. Jude Terror
on Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:11 am, edited 1 time in total.
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