One of the things I enjoyed about Deadpool was the "misguided villain trying to turn his life around" angle that had become such a core piece to the character. This type of character role is nothing new but when paired with Deadpool it always seemed more interesting and fun. I have enjoyed reading Deadpool go from a near cut and dry Deathstroke stand in against the New Mutants to a unique persona of a man whose past has left him with many difficulties and even more unanswered questions. What takes this to another level, for me at least, is that the character was not some stereotypical "what happened to me?!", monotonously serious badass, but rather a man who still laughs and derives what enjoyment he can from whatever situation he happens to be in, all the while trying to better his life one piece at a time.
Another great aspect was the way the character dealt with his past full of fragmented memories, morally corrupt choices and personality disorders: by cracking jokes. As his character was more fleshed out this funny banter was shown to be more of a coping mechanism to the litany of personal problems he suffers from. Many other characters use funny one liners, but what always made it special for Deadpool was that there was actually this reason behind his doing it.
However, since the Marvel Now! line has come the character seems to have regressed to that of an apathetic thug role with bits of comedy in.
The problems I have with this "new Deadpool" are numerous. His combat skills for one have seemed to all but drop off: getting beaten routinely and handily by the ghost presidents and his being easily handled and restrained by Daredevil (not a knock against Murdock, just that Wade should be represented much better) are just the two that strike me the most.
As for his personal relationships where are Bob, Weasel, Outlaw, Blind Al or Alex? These characters melded greatly with who Wade is and the life he leads. We do see Taskmaster briefly and only as an enemy character who also seems to be a shadow of his former butt kicking self these days. What we now have in place now are the new Thunderbolts lineup where he has so far been little more than "The red masked mercenary who tells jokes." A shame.
The progression the character has made in the past 20 or so years in bettering himself and the way others see him seems to have been thrown out the window and replaced with a bland killer-for-hire who tells inappropriately timed jokes and shoots big guns. I feel this is such a waste of a great character. I write this thread to ask if any of Deadpool's other fans feel the same way.