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Deadpool #11 - Dare to Be Deviled Review


Deadpool goes after Vetis' latest target and Michael tries to make a(nother) deal with the devil.

The Good

Mike Hawthorne and Val Staples have created a mighty fine looking issue. Hawthorne's illustrations are topnotch and perfectly express the book's various tones. His detailed work can make Deadpool a frightening dude when he's dark enough to snap a regular guy's arm, or a lovable looking fool as the smile can be seen through the signature mask. The segments in hell look great, too, and Mephisto's entrance is appropriately gross/disturbing. All of this is then brought to live in an awesomely vibrant manner thanks to Staples' colors and the end result is a glorious looking book.

As always, I'm digging the script by co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn. This issue was a bit lighter on the laughs, but there were still plenty of solid remarks and seeing Deadpool through Daredevil's radar was hugely amusing (he uses the pouches wisely). Additionally, they've done a good job creating a story way richer than the initial story arc. Not to bash the whole Undead Presidents thing, but I think it's safe to say we all loved it because of the jokes and fights -- not plot twists and developments (aside from the ending, of course). While they're still going big on the one-liners and entertaining action, they've definitely put a stronger focus on the bigger picture and this issue's cliffhanger really has me intrigued. I gotta wonder, though... what happen to the organ stealing plot?

The Bad

This was a pretty embarrassing showing for Deadpool. Duggan and Posehn are killing it with the plot and dialogue, but Wade fluctuates so much when it comes to his skill and, as a long time Deadpool fan and battle forum addict, it's distracting. Last issue he humiliated Batroc and Taskmaster -- two very skilled characters -- but this issue he screws up a basic jump (basic for characters in their universe, that is) and ultimately gets humiliated by Daredevil. Wade is well known for being one of the most agile street level characters around, so I have no reason whatsoever why he couldn't properly execute a leap (other than to deliver a good joke immediately after).

Now, this isn't just some fanboy rant -- I can totally swallow Deadpool losing to Daredevil in a book, but I strongly disagree with how it went down. If we look at Wade's years of durability feats, it's clear it takes some degree of superhuman strength to really make him see stars or keep him down long enough to tie him up. Daredevil certainly could reach that point, but it would take time and that's not something which happened here. Also, seeing as Deadpool has reacted before gunmen can pull the trigger numerous times in the past, it makes it tough to believe he'd get sucker punched by a regular guy he's looking at and jumped by police. And speaking of police, how'd Deadpool get away with shooting a gun in the heart of Times Square? That place is packed with security nowadays, so wouldn't the authorities be all over him shorty after? Relatively minor gripe, but the thought immediately hit me when the scene went down.

The Verdict

Deadpool slipping up a few times and being taken down easily by Daredevil may not bother some of you, but it definitely takes away from the read for me. Duggan and Posehn are on the right track when it comes to filling the book with sharp dialogue and an enjoyable plot, but Deadpool's effectiveness is fluctuating too much for me. It's not enough to make me dislike the book -- not by any means -- but it is an aspect that bothers me a bit. Regardless, Hawthorne and Staples provide amazingly good visuals and, while I hate how quickly it ended, the brief scuffle between Wade and Matt was terrific before it came to an abrupt halt.

Edited by VeganDiet

I always explain away Deadpool's lower showings, like these, as part of his fourth wall awareness. He takes dives for the sake of comedy/the plot, cause he knows that's what the story requires.

Posted by Reignmaker

Deadpool slipping up a few times and being taken down easily by Daredevil may not bother some of you, but it definitely takes away from the read for me.

This is what reading Batman written by Geoff Johns feels like for me.

Edited by Onemoreposter

@reignmaker said:

Deadpool slipping up a few times and being taken down easily by Daredevil may not bother some of you, but it definitely takes away from the read for me.

This is what reading Batman written by Geoff Johns feels like for me.

Good comparison.

Posted by daredevil21134

Daredevil OWNS!!!

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Worst... cover... ever!

Posted by flazam
Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

I tend to think that Agent Preston tends to throw Deadpool off his mercenary game. She not like the voices in his head in the past, he's used to that but to have a person, with thoughts, feelings and that got to be distracting.

I supose this is my own way of explaining away this moment(s) of Deadpool's lower showings. Besides don't all heroes have inconsistencies with their feats, and who they defeat in a fight, or lose?

Edited by Dark_Vengeance_

"How does Batman make crap like that look so easy?"

That killed me.

Edited by The Lobster

Gerry has said that the organ harvesters will come full circle in the arc after this one. It's got Captain America and Wolverine guest staring and is called "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly."

Posted by dagmar_merrill

The fight bugged me also, but I don't really think Deadpool was trying to fight Daredevil more trying to get past him, to get the shapeshifter atleast that is what I hope..

Posted by The Stegman

This was a decent issue, but reading it reminded me why I stopped reading before, Deadpool is becoming a bit silly (even by his standards) with the wall to wall one liners and jokes, come on man, take SOMETHING seriously.

Posted by Fenderxx

I agree that Deadpool needs to look a little more deadly , but I will say, I love when he thinks outside the box and kind of shows off how he thinks threw his plan ... like shooting people and getting daredevil out of the way ... classic !

Edited by Mezmero

Still loving this book. I come to this series for the laughs and that's what I get every time. Duggan and Posehn really know how to capture Deadpool's inappropriate demeanor. I agree that the encounter with Murdock could have been longer and more fleshed out but I still found it endlessly amusing. I like to see it as Wade likes to see himself as a hero so he tends to take it easy on other heroes even if they impede him. I really hope Mistress Death gets a role to play towards the end of this arc like keeping Mephisto away from her boy toy. Can't wait for more of this comic.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon