Deadpool #9 Review
The Cover- It's pretty much the epitome of awesome. Deadpool in the ocean surrounded by sharks, while a Megalodon sized shark is coming straight for him? That my friends is awesome. The cover is by Arthur Adams and Peter Steigerwald, and they did a great job. This is surely a cover that would bring in new readers. Wonderful job.
The Comic- This issue picks up right where we left off. Deadpool is trying to appease the Demon Vetis until he can come up with a way to save the Necromancer Michael, while also trying to get Agent Preston out of his head. We also have the mysterious people who harvested organs from him which sadly doesn't get much explanation yet. Deadpool, Ben Franklin and Michael find they must get into the ancient library thats now buried under RIkers island. This results in some hilarious as always antics from the group. Deadpool also has to kill another of Vetis' targets. This time its a man who wished for a very familiar powerset. I won't spoil what it is, but it results in some fun scenes and jokes. We also get a bit of insight into the inner workings of Deadpool's head. Overall this was another fun issue. My main problem with it was that some of the characters feel a little off. Michael begins acting like an expert Necromancer, when he used to be a bumbling buffoon. Its nice to see him get his act together, it just happened so suddenly that it caught me off guard. Deadpool also felt a bit off. He seemed to be acting more like a noble hero in some parts rather than a crazy merc. It reminded me a lot of how he was portrayed in Rick Remender's Uncanny X-force. This isn't a bad thing for Deadpool, it again just came so suddenly and out of nowhere when the past 8 issues he was a care free merc with little to no responsibility (other than getting paid of course). It's nothing horrible, just a bit distracting for me.
The Art- The Art here is good enough. Mike Hawthorne does a good job trying to capture the style of Tony Moore, with veteran colorist Val Staples continue the job of coloring the book vibrantly. It reminds me of when another artist fills in for David Aja on Hawkeye. The art is similar but different. It works well in some scenes and not so well in others. It doesn't detract from the book at all, but someone who has been reading the book will take notice.
Final Verdict- Despite a different artist and some unexpected changes to characterization, this was a great book. It's still full of great laughs and cool action. Also this book is one of the few where I laugh as much reading the comic as I do reading the letter column. If you are a Deadpool fan pick it up. 4 out of 5.