"A Murder in Paradise, Part Two: Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Patrick Zircher (p), UDON's M3th (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Plot: Deadpool finds himself the subject of a massive manhunt, and while he has no memory of committing the murder that has made him a wanted fugitive, he's willing to concede that he looks good for the crime; the evidence against him doesn't really suggest that he was framed. As he battles the surprisingly persistent Prester John, Cable steps in to bring an end to this city block destroying brawl, and he basically kicks Deadpool off the island, but not before letting him know he'll take him out if Deadpool ever kills another person that was under his protection.
Comments: While the other new titles that Marvel flooded the market with over the past year get the axe, I'm glad to see this title looks to be continuing along its merry way. Except for perhaps Dan Slott's She-Hulk, this is easily the biggest surprise that Marvel introduced over the past year. I'm a big Deadpool fan, but I had some serious doubts about this new title, as Cable never struck me as all that interesting, and the merging of the two titles felt like a desperate sales ploy. However, Fabian Nicieza has turned this into one of the best buddy titles since Power Man and Iron Fist, and he's also managed to do the impossible: Cable is not only an engaging character, I actually look forward to the scenes where the two characters interact with each other. While this issue is largely Deadpool's show (he bounces around the panels of the issue doing battle with the overly aggressive Prester John), the highlight of the issue would have to be the scene where Deadpool and Cable have their conversation. There's a lovely little moment when Cable points out that Deadpool's healing factor is actually messing with his mind. There's something rather disheartening about this scene as the two characters decide to head their separate ways, after discovering that they actually share a common experience, as Cable knows all about being controlled by one's powers. Still, most of this issue is devoted to Deadpool's efforts to evade the long arm of the law, and Fabian Nicieza has a grand old time playing with Deadpool getting under Prester John's skin, and considering I have no idea who Prester John is, this battle was far more entertaining than it really had any right being.
I have to mention this issue's cover, as while the signature would seem to suggest that it's Mark Brooks, the interior credits state it's Patrick Zircher. Based of the art itself, I think it's the former, but the style of the two artists is close enough that it's not all that important. I will say that it's a lovely cover shot that nicely sells one of the issue's more exciting moments, even if the image does overstate the conflict between the two. The interior art conveys well the non-stop action, as the book opens with a a fugitive Deadpool racing through the futuristic cityscape, and the big brawl that erupts late in the issue between Deadpool and Prester John was extremely well done. The visual gags are also well served by the art, with the panel where Deadpool reacts to the Prester John's opening comments, being one of the issue's highlights. I also smiled at the panel where Cable shows up with one of his ridiculously enlarged guns.
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