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Deadpool #24 - Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. Part 4 Review

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S.H.I.E.L.D. is ready to free Agent Preston from Deadpool's head, but who says he wants her evicted?

The Good

The moment is finally here, Deadpool fans. Agent Preston has been stuck inside Wade Wilson's head since the conclusion of this volume's debut story, and now co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are ready to show us if she'll be trapped in the mercenary's head forever or if she'll move into a spiffy new LMD body. We obviously don't give spoilers in our Comic Vine reviews, but I will say the two create a hysterical yet touching ride as S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts to pull Preston from Deadpool's unique mind.

Leaping into Wade's head has given the co-writers plenty of comedic potential. In this issue, we witness different incarnations of Wade and, as always, his mind is decorated with amazingly amusing paintings and statues. The versions of the Merc with a Mouth that occupy his mind in this one range from absurdly funny (a nod to a somewhat successful James Cameron movie) to a nice trip down memory lane ( Liefeld, McGuinness, etc). It's not all laughs and chaos, though. There's a deep message behind this whole experience and, truth be told, it takes a pretty emotional turn. It's all carefully handled and says a hell of a lot about who Wade is and teases how he'll be written in the issues to come. I imagine the ending will have some fans divided, but I think the direction is filled with potential.

Mike Hawthorne once again proves why he's the right person to bring Posehn and Duggan's script to life. Everything the two writers throw his way -- be it wacky and hilarious or bleak and gut-wrenching -- he's able to skillfully present in each panel. He nails all of the visual gags and some of them had me laughing out loud, but he really shines when the series takes a more serious turn. He can make Deadpool's eyes speak volumes about how the character is feeling and his face, without his mask, is appropriately disturbing without coming off as over-the-top. Meanwhile, colorist Jordie Bellaire is handed so many diverse locations and effects and she's able to deliver with each of them. The contrast of Deadpool's bold red attire to a particularly depressing location creates a few very striking and powerful. One was definitely left lingering in my head.

The Bad

A couple of the jokes weren't up to par with the rest (the decapitation one comes to mind), but that's hugely outweighed by the ones that do work. Plus, despite the steady amount of laughs, it's obvious comedy isn't the primary focus with this issue.

The Verdict

DEADPOOL #24 is a terrific character study. Duggan and Posehn have put Wade through some absolutely horrific events and they're showing us these developments weren't just for shock value. What's gone down isn't being forgotten or cast aside like other stories sometimes tend to do -- they're taking a toll and have consequences. However, seeing as this is DEADPOOL, they're able to balance this focus on character depth with some massively creative bits of action and a consistent supply of sharp jokes. It's an absorbing ride and how it all ends is guaranteed to make you stick around for the next issue. I'm loving this volume and it's very possible Duggan and Posehn were put on this planet just to write Deadpool. The fact they've had the opportunity to share the story with such amazing artists is just... um... sour cream on the chimichanga? Okay, I'll leave the jokes to them from now on. I promise.

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Edited by dagmar_merrill

Have to wait till Saturday for this.. :(

Posted by VinnyWeapons

The Robots have taken me. Please send help.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

I'm a bit confused by the ending. Did Preston get transferred to the LMD or did it fail? Are there two Prestons now?

On the other hand, I'm totally looking forward for Deadpool versus Crossbones Round 2!

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Edited by k4tzm4n

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

I'm a bit confused by the ending. Did Preston get transferred to the LMD or did it fail? Are there two Prestons now?

On the other hand, I'm totally looking forward for Deadpool versus Crossbones Round 2!

Two theories:

One: Deadpool's making it up. After all he's been through, her company has helped him more than he knows. So, in his mind, she's still there and it puts him at ease.

Two: a part of her legitimately is still there, but theory one is is way, way, waaaaaay more likely.

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Posted by Fenderxx

Another great issue, and I love the Idea of wade's mind as like an art exhibit.

Posted by scouts1998

Does anyone else like the mark brook covers?

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Does anyone else like the mark brook covers?

Everyone likes Mark Brooks covers.

Posted by spacemanspiff85

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek:

Based on how she was talking ("Let's go kill something!"), I'm pretty sure it's just his mind making it up.

Posted by murderpool

@spacemanspiff85: that was my first thought when I got to the end. but honestly I'm more interested in what black and white deadpool had to say

Posted by spacemanspiff85

@murderpool: almost reminded me of his X-Force uniform, a bit.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee
@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

I'm a bit confused by the ending. Did Preston get transferred to the LMD or did it fail? Are there two Prestons now?

On the other hand, I'm totally looking forward for Deadpool versus Crossbones Round 2!

Two theories:

One: Deadpool's making it up. After all he's been through, her company has helped him more than he knows. So, in his mind, she's still there and it puts him at ease.

Two: a part of her legitimately is still there, but theory one is is way, way, waaaaaay more likely.

I was kind of thinking what if the LMDs AI had swapped places with Preston so now she's in the LMD and the AI is now in Deadpool? "Lets kill something" sounded possible. Shrugs shoulders.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Sweet

Edited by murderpool

@arturocalakayvee: oooo that could be good. But katzman is right. There are a ton of possibilities stemming from this development.

In duggan/posehn we trust!!!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

This series has been so good. They really have found the right balance of action, humor, seriousness, story development, the many sides of Wade and character development.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@k4tzm4n said:

@yourneighborhoodcomicgeek said:

I'm a bit confused by the ending. Did Preston get transferred to the LMD or did it fail? Are there two Prestons now?

On the other hand, I'm totally looking forward for Deadpool versus Crossbones Round 2!

Two theories:

One: Deadpool's making it up. After all he's been through, her company has helped him more than he knows. So, in his mind, she's still there and it puts him at ease.

Two: a part of her legitimately is still there, but theory one is is way, way, waaaaaay more likely.

I was kind of thinking what if the LMDs AI had swapped places with Preston so now she's in the LMD and the AI is now in Deadpool? "Lets kill something" sounded possible. Shrugs shoulders.

From the preview of #25, I think it is safe to say that he is just imagining Preston's voice.