"Thirty Pieces A Story in Two Parts, Part One: Predator & Pray"
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Pencils: Patrick Zircher
Inks: UDON's M3th
Letters: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
$2.99 U.S. / $4.25 CAN
As Deadpool finds himself hated by the entire world for the role her played in Cable's downfall, we see Wade is busy trying to assemble items that he needs to bring Cable out of his current vegetative state. As Deadpool liberates an item he needs from A.I.M., and than pays a visit to a surprise guest-star who agrees to help him bring Cable back from his near dead state, we see the situation becomes a bit complicated as we learn the identity of the assassin sent to stop Deadpool.
I'm not the first reviewer to comment that this book is working far better than it has any right to, but this doesn't make this observation any less valid, as when I picked up the first issue of this series I felt it was simply an attempt by Marvel to try an create a successful monthly title by randomly putting these two characters together. However, not only has Fabian Nicieza made this pairing work, but he's done it without changing the fundamental personalities of either character, but rather he's done it the old fashioned way by actually using his talents as a writer to craft stories that serve the needs of both characters, and this becomes even more impressive when one considers the only real connection these two share is they were both introduced into the Marvel Universe by the same creative team. This arc is a Deadpool heavy affair thanks largely to the simple fact that Cable is currently in a vegetative state, but since Deadpool's efforts are all centred around curing Cable of his current condition, the character is still quite important to the story. Still, given this is a Deadpool adventure, the humour level is ramped up quite a bit, and Fabian Nicieza clearly has no problem venturing all over the Marvel Universe, as the issue opens with Deadpool embroiled in conflict with M.O.D.O.K. and the forces of A.I.M., before paying a visit to a guest-star that is sure to be welcomed by Thunderbolt fans. This is a very entertaining show, and I urge fans give this book the opportunity to impress you, as it's far better in practice than it sounds on paper.
First off I have to say I loved the cartoonish style that Patrick Zircher adopts when the book takes us inside Cable's head, as how can one not smile at the little visuals, like the heart decal on Domino's holster, or the fact that Solo is burdened with enough weapons to equip an army. As for his work on the main story, the art does a wonderful job of delivering the material in a visual exciting, highly detailed manner, as the opening double page shot of M.O.D.O.K. is a great image to pull readers into the story. I also had to smile at the discovery that Deadpool makes when he dives into the swimming pool, and the art also does a lovely job conveying the action as Deadpool does battle with the technology of our guest-star. The art also does some nice work playing up the surprise element of the final page revelation, as the art does a nice job of making this character instantly recognizable to Deadpool readers.
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