I'm curious as to people's reaction to the new series. While Deadpool himself seems to be a little better off, I'm pretty disappointed in the ridiculousness of the whole thing which felt more akin to something from Vertigo than Marvel except that in a Vertigo comic the dead presidents would actually provide some social commentary or have some purpose other than to just spew out presidential related humor ("Who dares veto the eternal rest of Harry S. Truman?" or Kennedy and Washington carrying on about Kennedy's affairs) and to just generally be the 'bad guys' of the story. Also, why do I get 6 pages of boring people doing boring things that almost make me throw the book away before we actually see Deadpool? Is this a series about Deadpool or about dead presidents?
I guess I just miss when Deadpool had things to say other than clever one-liners and pop culture references. For sharts and gaggles, I went back to look at Pools' other first issues from 97', Cable & Deadpool, and Way's run. The elements from both Kelly and Nicieza's opening stories is the immediate introduction of a moral dilemma or character developing situation for Deadpool. With Kelly it's Pool risking his life (kinda) to fix the radiation core and the introduction of the good guy/bad guy theme of the book in his conversation with Sasquatch. Nicieza brings in the One World Church which leads Pool to reconsider his mercenary ways in favor of this church who could 'cure' his ugly mug. Two stories which right off the bat offer a glimpse into Pool's psyche while still establishing him as a funny, crazy, bad ass character. Way, of course, just introduces a story that establishes his organized madness strategy and breaks down into little more than a wild goose chase for him to get his money from Osborne which ends in the GREATEST OF CLIMAXES over a year later when he steals Osborne's credit card and gets a million dollars out of an ATM. Funny, but not exactly high level story telling.
What are we learning about Deadpool from this presidents story aside from Saturday morning cartoon presidential trivia? What character defining choices is he going to have to make and will they be interesting or worthwhile? I'm just afraid this new series is just going to be a joke series with a lot silly, gratuitous violence. As poorly as he did it, at least Way tried to work in some character development into the series, but I just don't see how that sort of stuff will fit in with a world of kitty spewing Reptars. Hell, even Rick Remender finds time to do some character analysis with Wade that outshines anything done with the character in the past 6 years and he has an entire team to write.
Anyway, that's my rant. Are you liking the new series? Do you miss the voices? I can imagine people who became fans of Way's run enjoying this new series just as much but I may be wrong.