It's amazing how just one story can totally transform a book. Previously, DEADPOOL felt like it was all about the laughs and madness it could throw your way. And you know what? It did that very well and was really a blast to read. But 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly' has turned the title into a brilliant and engrossing ride. The laughs and good times certainly still remain, but they're complimented with some absurdly powerful raw emotion and a narrative that continues to leave me super anxious to get my hands on the next chapter.
Just like in the last issue, co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are doing terrific work with the characters and pacing. I'm shocked how the book has me laughing and awestruck at some action or quips, then seconds later abruptly hits with me with a heart-rending incident. There's some exceptional moments with Cap and the imitation X-Men, but there's a superb spotlight on Wolverine and, of course, Deadpool in this issue.
The panels are every bit as good as the writing. Declan Shalvey's sketchier and rougher style is a virtually flawless match for the gripping tones this story has to offer. It's a great parallel to the grittier moments in the camp and most certainly delivers in making Deadpool look great -- be it when he's badass, depressed or comedic. Jordie Bellaire's coloring brings Shalvey's illustrations to life in such a great manner and the result is some pages I just had to stare at. The blood shooting from Wolverine's hand as his claws are popped and Captain America using his shield in one scene are particularly worth gazing at for quite some time.
I love how the intro is a nice reminder of Steve's speed, but having him perfectly fine and Wolverine and Deadpool out of breath felt odd to me considering they also have excellent stamina and endurance.
It's also a bit tough to believe the North Korean officer recovered so quickly after that optic blast at such close range and all of the other guards died or were knocked out -- especially since faux Cyclops was looking right at him.
I'm at a loss for words after reading this issue. I never expected to be hit with so much emotion in this story. I knew this arc was walking a darker and more emotional path, but this was an absolutely staggering read. I know it's such a cliche saying, but I'm telling you, 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly' just gets better and better. I can't say this enough: this is a can't miss for Deadpool fans and will most certainly go down as one of his must read stories. Truth be told, the final chapter could be complete garbage and this is still a story I'll be sure to purchase when the hardcover hits. The creative team is truly showing some great range with this one and the result is phenomenal.
Don't worry, Deadpool, I have a feeling you won't be seeing any 1-star reviews for this one.