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Deadpool #16 - The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Part Two Review

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What will happen to Deadpool now that he's been captured by the Butcher?

The Good

There's so many corny idioms or sayings I could use to express my feelings for the second chapter of "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," but instead I'm just going to be blunt and say this: it's awesome. The surprisingly strong tonal shift from the last issue was no fluke at all, friends. Co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn follow-up their superb first chapter of this tale with an even better one. Hard to believe, I know, but it's that damn good.

The two writers are doing an impressive job fleshing out this plot and keeping matters refreshing. This is unlike any story we've seen from them so far in the series and they're introducing some very interesting elements. At first, I couldn't help but wonder why these new characters would willingly agree to be held in a camp with such poor defenses, but it's all explained in due time and makes sense. They've also provided a link to a character introduced in the volume -- one you've probably already forgotten. It's a new dynamic loaded with potential to grow Deadpool even further... if it's true, that is. And even if it's not, it's a great way to switch things up right now.

They're also doing a masterful job bringing out the more serious and darker take on Wade. There's proper justification for him acting the way he is and I'm honestly loving every single panel of it. And when there's serious Wade, you can expect him to step up his melee game, too. The action in this issue is staggering. We've seen Wade get his rear handed to him a good deal in this book, but the fights in this issue are absolutely brutal (I mean, he rips a guy's freaking larynx out!) and seriously badass stuff. If his guard takedown in the rain isn't cinematic, then I just don't know what is. While did an excellent job Duggan and Posehn scripting these scenes, it's Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire's artwork which makes the moments truly impress. Shalvey's rougher and twisted style is the perfect compliment to Duggan and Posehn's darker script. Everything here works. From the bleak environment and weather to Wade's body to the shocking violence... it's all amazingly detailed and is the perfect look for this story.

The Bad

There was a significant lack of Deadpool in a Cosby sweater. But really, I have no major complaints. Fantastic issue. Not even dedicating two whole pages to only captions took away from it.

The Verdict

I don't know about you, but this feels like it's going to be Duggan and Posehn's definitive Deadpool story. They've scaled back the fart jokes and are instead nailing it with a compelling, emotional and really, really engrossing story. You wanted serious Deadpool? Well, you've got it.

Oh, and if you're one of the people who dropped this book because you weren't a fan of the humor, I implore you to give this series a second chance and pick up issue #15. Seriously, I rarely use "implore," so that should help emphasize just how much I mean it.

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Posted by dondave

This issue was amazing. It'll be weird to see Deadpool as a father.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

This was totally AWESOME! I also love how this arc could be a standalone Deadpool story but if you read the past 2 arcs (Maybe 3 If the Heroes for Hire 2 issues counted as it's on separate arc?) you'll get a few little details that make this story that much better.

This is not going to be the Duggan/Posehn Deadpool story, this is going to be THE Deadpool story. I will be getting this one in trade for sure!

Edited by chem86

Loved Deadpool 16! 110% pure badassery from the very start as he breaks out of the tank, plus we get to see wade show real emotions about having a daughter. The idea his daughter would be killed actually "shut deadpool up" a bit, a darker and more serious tone was shown and they nailed it. In my opinion this was one of the best deadpool issues ever, and I've read em all.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@chem86: Spoilers dude. Not everyone knows he has a daughter yet.

Posted by chem86
Edited by Fenderxx

First Comic I read when I got back from the shop, I loved the humor but man, serious butt kicking Deadpool is the best !

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

I really love DP issues. I hope I can read this later.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Surprised to see there isn't a bigger conversation going on this one.

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Posted by HeckTate

Honestly I kind of missed the Deadpool we've seen in the other Posehn/Duggan issues, but you just can't be upset with how seriously badass they made this issue.

Posted by mxb

Where is the chatter on this? Maybe it was so good people are still in shock. I'm really hoping (even though its doing well) more people will pick up this book so other writers may take influence from this style of Wade. Also, I really like the contrast of the seriousness of this issue and past issues, really shows Wades all over the place personality/life while sticking to core DP.

Posted by Deadpool_9

This issue was amazing! Daniel Way just made me miss Joe Kelly and the "old" Deadpool series, but these guys are doing awesome! I almost dropped it after just a few issues because of the dead presidents arc (mainly cause I thought it was going to be a continuation of the lameness Way put on Deadpool), but I am so glad I stuck with this series.

This is the Deadpool we need. Not a moron, but a smart-mouth. Not a slap-stick goof, but a highly skilled merc. It is great cause the humor is still there, but it doesn't reduce Deadpool to an absolute moron.

BTW, how awesome was it when Deadpool used his bicep as a suppressor? I loved that!

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

"They're going to be pissed." I'm done. :)

Posted by nappystr8

I think this might be the best issue of the run so far. I planned on dropping this series when it began double shipping, but it's just to good to ignore. Now that we're getting new aspects of Deadpool's origin, it's all the more essential for DP fans. And I love the North Korean X-Men. They need a spinoff book.

Edited by DarePool53

To anyone not picking this up: go back and buy issue 15 and then get this. This arc is turning out to be absolutely unmissable.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Really solid issue. Awesome fight scene.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Wow I haven't seen a serious Deadpool in a while (fighting Washington didn't count because he made a Fifty Shades of Grey joke right after).

This issue was pretty awesome. And that bicep silencing was really creative!

Edited by Sampsman

I just started reading Deadpool last issue. Glad I jumped on when I did.

Posted by danhimself

the series had been losing me for the past few issues...I hate the flashback issues....but this issue really turned me around...really liked the more bada$$ Deadpool

Edited by Renchamp

I finally got to read this. It was nothing short of amazing. I kept waiting for the book to die down after a very impressive opening but it never did. It just kept building. Flawless in both writing and art. A perfect score still undermines how awesome this issue is.

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