Editor's Note: Deadpool #9 arrives in stores tomorrow, April 1.
Plot: Deadpool teams up with the Taskmaster to take on Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts. And what's the Crimson Comedian's plan? Falling in love with the Black Widow II.
Commentary: Part of an ongoing story that began in the first three-issue arc, Deadpool #9 finds its protagonist trying to settle a beef with Osborn. The former Green Goblin stole sensitive Skrull data from Deadpool during the invasion before the Merc-with-a-Mouth could collect a check from Nick Fury.
Way's narrative is surprisingly riveting and important to the greater Marvel Universe. Cable & Deadpool never enjoyed the same cohesion into Marvel's larger events, but Way not only ties Deadpool in, he makes this series' contribution count. If it wasn't for Deadpool's infiltration of the Skrulls in issues #1-3, Osborn would probably not have gleaned the data that subsequently allowed him to kill the Skrull Queen and become a war hero. Therefore, Norman's current success and power in the Marvel Universe is in part beholden to a slapstick psychopath with a severe, un-medicated, personality disorder. Now that's a tie-in!
As always, Medina's art is extraordinary. He doesn't draw a cartoonish comedy book or a bloody action rag. Medina effortlessly melds well-paced comedy and sleek action-adventure into one solid comic book. When the Black Widow knees Deadpool in the groin, the position of her body captures the blinding force at which she hits him, while Deadpool's contracted white eyes relay his pain.
If you haven't been following Deadpool, you should really be ashamed of yourself. That's right. I'm going to guilt you into reading it! Why? Few mainstream comedy comics have ever been this clever and funny-- and consistently so for nearly a year. And Deadpool #9 is just the latest proof of it.
Final Word: Buy it!
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