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Deadpool #15 - The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Part One Review

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Who are the people harvesting Wade's organs and what do they want them? Also, Deadpool reaches out to Wolverine and Captain America for advice.

The Good

"I don't like the new Deadpool series. It's nothing but jokes and random references."

If you're one of those people, you should be happy to know co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn have apparently heard your cries and this is the start of a storyline where character and narrative overshadow a constant stream of laughs and gore. Don't get me wrong, there's still a fair amount of the latter, but Duggan and Posehn are clearly aiming to craft their most elaborate and detailed story yet. They've done a superb job pacing this first issue and there's still four more to go. Unlike the undead Presidents story, I sincerely doubt this one is going to have a repetitive formula (not that I'm complaining -- I dug that story a good deal). Honestly, I'll be pretty surprised if I don't see some M. Night Shyamalan memes in the comments after you all read this one.

Diving into the elements of Deadpool's past and focusing on who is he and where he belongs is a rich opportunity for them to show us a more compelling side of the character. We've witnessed bits and pieces of Wade's depth here and there, but this story appears to be going full steam ahead and upping the quality with the overall plot. Him opening up (kind of) to Captain America was an interesting scene and some quality time between Wade and Logan never gets old, either.

Declan Shalvey is tasked with illustrated all of the chaotic things the co-writers come up with, and if you've read VENOM, you know Shalvey can illustrate the hell out of some twisted scenes. He does a killer job with Wade's skin and the close ups of his leg and face are legitimately disgusting. It's one of those situations where you desperately want to look away but you just can't. There really is an impressive amount of detail put into Wade's features and the artist's style definitely makes a good fit for the book. It's rough and atypical, just like Wade.The opening scene is particularly haunting and the strong contrasts of Wade's pink and bloody body against the cold white of the environment throws you right into the harsh moment. The action scene with Captain America gives colorist Jordie Bellaire a chance to shine as well, filling the desert atmosphere with bright lasers, and a variety of standout costumes.

The Bad

I love Shalvey's artwork, but there's one large panel of Wolverine which stood out to me -- it almost looks like he's a hunchback. Minor gripe, I know, but it's really noticeable when every other example of Wolverine is impressive.

The Verdict

"The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" is off to a great start and is easily the most promising story from this volume yet. With four more chapters at their disposal, I'm really excited to see the road co-writers Duggan and Posehn will take from here. As seen in every other review, I obviously have a great time with the joke heavy issues, but this is a very welcome tonal shift. They still deliver a few decent chuckles ("Bye, Storm"), but this one is all about bringing us a far more serious approach to the book and I'm absolutely a fan. Throw in Shalvey's illustrations and I'm even more impressed.

Oh, and Marvel, can we please get a plushie of the version of Deadpool on the opening page? Seriously, it's ridiculously adorable.

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Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

I can't wait for the next four issues. This could end up being one of the classic Deadpool arcs that'll be spoke of fondly for years to come.

Posted by thenexusrebound

I liked how dark the story is, but at the same time there was still a sense of humor to it all. I'm curious to see where this story goes.

Edited by DrellAssassin

This has the potential to be a character defining Deadpool story, I'm really looking forward to how this plays out. Like the new artist as well.

Also Greg if you look at the "hunchback" Wolverine panel, he has a leg up showing that he's coming through the window, so he probably has his back hunched because he's ducking under the glass.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@drellassassin: I should have elaborated in the review. The complaint isn't about the position he's in but instead how large part of his back appears to be.

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Posted by murderpool

Wow in just 15 issues under posehn/duggan, the book has already erased way's malarkey from my mind.

Way took 65 issues and made them seem like filler. This is the closest to Kelly's complex 'pool we've seen so far barring remender's x-force and fabian's cable and deadpooland I gotta tell you I'm effing stoked so far.

Edited by Fenderxx

Very good issue, loved seeing wade fight with cap and wolverine and hold is out, don't get me wrong, I love the slap stick, but it felt really good.

Edited by whatisryan

I loved this issue! Though admittedly I strait up got a bit light headed when he put the tracking device in his leg. Grossed me out!

Posted by sparty-dbq

I just loved Deadpool just casually saying bye to Storm like he knew she was hiding in bed with Logan the whole time. It's a sudden, funny cap to the scene and it shows that despite his wackiness and lunacy, Deadpool really is good at his job.

Edited by The_Titan_Lord

Lol. Love the issue. Wolverine and Storm are getting freaky.

Posted by Trevel8182

Very Funny!

Posted by joyita1413

This is a great issue!

Posted by ChimichangaMan

@k4tzm4n: Thanks for the perfect score, Gregg. You're $5 is in the mail.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

"Ant Man in a condom" made me choke on my beer a little bit, love this book.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

this series is actually f*cking brilliant O_O

Posted by Unkillable_Deadpool1

IT WAS VERY GOOD .. but i could'nt understand ,on one page he's yelling come get some and firing at the heli ,and in the next page they're already experimenting on him ..

Edited by Buddy_Baker

@thenexusrebound said:

I liked how dark the story is, but at the same time there was still a sense of humor to it all. I'm curious to see where this story goes.

/signed.

A refreshing new take but you can still see that the same guys are working on it.

I must say i didn't heard of Shalvey before but really like his style. Is there any Shalvey work I particularly need to check out?

@unkillable_deadpool1:

I think Wade was already captured by Butler and he only dreamt that shootout, but I'm not sure. Maybe we have to wait for the next issue to fully understand it.

Posted by Marionettegeist