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Deadpool #20 - Wakandan Vacation! Review


Deadpool goes on a cosmic adventure and yes, it's just as crazy as it sounds.

The Good

The "lost" issues of Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn's volume are always pure comedy, but there's simply no preparing anyone for this issue. Deadpool aims to solve a cosmic puzzle, and just like a puzzle, this story is completely all over the place. Not only is it absolutely hysterical, but it's also one of the most random, far-fetched and crazy things you'll read from Marvel (yes, that includes the time Aunt May was a herald of Galactus). The two writers take plenty of jabs at the industry as a whole (be it a character or an entire decade..) and I honestly can't even remember the amount of times I had to stop reading just so I could laugh like a fool for a couple of seconds. There's just no rhyme or reason here -- it's all over the place and it's fantastic.

Scott Koblish and Val Staples do an excellent job making this issue feel like it's literally a few decades old. From pages which look aged to matching the artistic vibe of the era (and a special cameo from another era in the end...), it's a totally immersive experience and adds to the completely absurd course of events. Aside from one page being way too crowded and hurting my eyes (the initial fight), the art really is impressive. Some of the facial expressions are absolutely priceless. I can't stop laughing at the Watcher in one scene.

The Bad

There's a lot of big laughs here, but something with this much craziness can't deliver with every single joke and sometimes it feels like a bit much. I really did have a blast reading this, but there were a couple of scenes which fell flat for me and overall, it might be a bit too out there for some of you.

The Verdict

Duggan and Posehn just wrapped up a seriously emotional story for Deadpool (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), so it's nice to have a little dose of craziness and absurdity -- okay, a big dose -- before we catch up with the slightly bleaker take on the character. That said, it is great to see there's a bit of follow-up to current Deadpool in both the intro page and the letters section.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly was easily one of Deadpool's most gripping stories. This one? It's without question one of the weirdest, and if you're into totally random humor, odds are you'll have a blast.

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Didn't really get the ending, anyone want to explain that?

Edited by CaptainHoopla

Wow, this issue is like the psychedelic sixties man, somebody pass the mushrooms! I can't help but think that the entire creative team had a blast on this issue.

Other note, the intro page with L'il Deadpool was awesome.

Posted by DrellAssassin

I've loved every one of the lost issues so far (largely because they're Black Dynamite with Deadpool), but this one was a bit over my head. Maybe because I'm unfamiliar with the material it is parodying, but this one wasn't nearly as funny as the others. I'd like to see the next one return to the 70s.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@theacidskull: Yup, in an interview they did say that this one didn't have as much to do with the next arc as the others did.

Posted by UltimaStarkiller

As a child of the 90's, I'm not going to act like I understood all the humor this book had to offer, as some of the references will reference a time that I admittedly know little about in terms of the culture. That being said, I really enjoyed this issue. Granted, I was looking forward to issue #21 more so than this one, simply because I'm excited to see the fallout from "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" and the S.H.I.E.L.D plot furthered along, but this issue was the first issue in what seems like a while from Deadpool to make me genuinely laugh multiple times. Trust me, I feel that G.B.U was one of Deadpool's best and one of his most important stories yet. But hey, I never mind when he makes me laugh (and makes me laugh because he's funny, not because he's a idiotic clown). Just a lot of fun moments. Duggan and Posehn are really setting the bar high for DP, and I just love being a part of it while it's happening.

Posted by z1co80

If these last two issues are any indication of how Deadpool is going to be going forward i'll be dropping it yes i know these were break issues but i really worry that they will revert to type and fall back into the walking punch line Deadpool.

We have went from arguably the best Deadpool arc ever which is saying a lot if you have had the pleasure of reading Joe Kelly's run and Cable and Deadpool to the very average Annual #1 and issue #20. I really hope they take the momentum of The Good The Bad and The Ugly and continue on with another great arc and blow it with goofy Deadpool.

Posted by Dabee

There are no words.