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Deadpool #3

Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Daniel Way
Paco Medina
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Deadpool #3 arrives in stores tomorrow, October 8.

After two issues of Deadpool aggravating the hell out his supposed Super-Skrull compatriot, the super powered alien discovers the regenerating degenerate's true loyalties and finally has a reason to kill him. "I'm going to freeze your pathetic little body, then I'm going to smash it into little pieces--," taunts the Super Skrull, adding, "which I will use to keep my drinks cold." Deadpool, hanging from a water pipeline in the ceiling, remarks on how much thought was put into that plan. The Super Skrull smirks and unleashes a frosty blast as our hero breaks open the pipe, encasing the alien in ice. "Me--?," admits the crimson comedian, "I just make it up as I go along."

Deadpool #3 concludes this Secret Invasion tie-in on completely unexpected note. Moreover, the tone of this issue best encapsulates the series: a wild comedy with dark undertones, speckled with intrigue.

The darkest part of this issue is Deadpool's sacking of his Skrull superior, who tried to build an army of Super Skrulls from the merc's DNA. Regardless of that endeavor's disastrous result, the Skrull tried to use Deadpool in the same way Weapon X, Tolliver, et al, have exploited Deadpool. The merc's retribution is brutal and underlined with a sense of fulfillment for all those who got away. Way's monologue preceding this scene highlights the character's angst over his recalibrated genetics. Even though Weapon X gave him a cure for cancer through a healing factor, he was expected to pay them back with his service. Similarly, the Skrull allowed him to build an army of Super Skrull Deadpools, with the intention of killing him when it was complete. Therefore, stomping the slimy green goo out of his current exploiting employer is the wish fulfillment of being the exploited employee for so long.

Deadpool's revenge is accentuated by Medina's articulation of the character's faces. The Skrull superior face runs the gamut of expression, from downtrodden to shock, to pitiful. It's the pitiful look of defeat, translated through the glassy eyes and dropped brow that makes his plea for life all the more suppliant. In fact, it actually makes Deadpool appear cruel and perverse. The Skrull had to die, but the creative team's choice and depiction of it is slightly uncomfortable.

Yet, that's precisely Deadpool's, and to a greater extent this Deadpool series' appeal. The character walks the line between referencing a Queen song to killing a living being without remorse. He's a comedian who literally kills his audience. And honestly, it's the best routine in town.

Final Word: I smell a Thunderbolts crossover!

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