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Deadpool #13

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
By: Charles Webb

Daniel Way
Shawn Crystal (p), Lee Loughridge (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Deadpool #13 arrives in stores tomorrow, August 12.

Plot: After being made absurdly rich at the end of the last arc, Wade decides the best thing to do with his newfound wealth is to get slightly richer by robbing people as a high seas pirate.

Comments: Daniel Way can take his comedy to a very dark place. Take the end of Deadpool #12 where the character-- having thoroughly defeated his professional nemesis Bullseye and extorting a substantial amount of cash for the pleasure--wiles away a couple of weeks on his couch, becoming bored and despondent before blowing the top of his head off. Consider also the character's guest stint in Wolverine: Origins where the Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote slapstick provided the writer to flay both the lead and guest character bare in their characterizations. Wade is afraid of the responsibility and burden that being a hero requires, and more importantly he's terrified of failing, so he'd rather be an antihero or outright bad guy instead.

Writer Daniel Way is one of the writers who gets this particular character. The so-called "Merc With a Mouth" is a bundle of insecurities masked physically and literally by the Deadpool persona. His emotional and physical scars are concealed from the world unless he's trying to be brutally honest or push someone away with gross-out comedy.

You'll find almost none of that in this issue of Deadpool but damn if it isn't funny, taking the by now tired pirates meme and letting the fast-talking killer loose with the concept. Much of the issue is devoted to setting up the premise, with Wade's purchase of a vessel from two incredulous Russian arms dealers, his re-recruitment of Bob, Agent of Hydra, and their destination: an island playground for the rich in the South Seas, un-policed and teeming with conspicuous wealth.

This is the manic Wade, barely stopping to let the story catch up with him, moving from scene to scene without a filter or even a real grasp of what he's doing or what's going on. The character is throwing himself into the next storyline so he doesn't have to slow down and actually live his life it would seem.

A bartender is introduced who may be joining the cast for at least the recent future. I hope Way keeps her around since there's the possibility that she might be a nice counterbalance to Deadpool's personality (you can only take so much of an outré thing). I'm also glad that for the time being the character is free of the Dark Reign storyline, which for all intents and purposes dominates the entirety of Marvel's core output. It's nice to get away from the big sprawling event and just be a well-written book beholden to a line-wide storyline.

Having said that, why has no one wised up yet and made this Deadpool and Bullseye? The two characters are an electric match for one another and I worry that the latter character is spinning his wheels in the Dark Avengers. Maybe I'm asking for too much of a good thing; sometimes it's best to dole out your pleasures in small doses so they're not spoiled.

A reader can wish, though, right?

Final Word: Way's ultra-competent and quite mad take on Deadpool is ripe with story possibilities and most importantly funny. My only regret is that the title isn't Bullseye and Deadpool.

If you liked this review, be sure to check out more of the author’s work at Monster In Your Veins






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