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Deadpool #32 - Daddy/Daughter Day Review

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Deadpool’s Original Sin continues to take its toll on Wade Wilson and those around him.

The Good

Something I’ve really enjoyed about all these Original Sin tie-ins is seeing the different ways in which its being interpreted. For some characters the “sin” is of their own making while other times, it’s an event brought about by an external party. In this case, it’s a little of both with the fate of Deadpool’s daughter and Deadpool’s parents revealed to Agents Preston and Adsit respectively. In both cases Wade is definitively involved, but in very different ways. While the girl’s adoptive father tries to spirit her to safety, the forces of Flag Smasher close in to incorporate the Merc with the Mouth into their nefarious plans. Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn continue to juggle slapstick comedy with dramatic intensity and they continue to balance it very, very well. This issue tends toward the action with some light drama sprinklings, but when the jokes are there, they work very well. Even when Deadpool has gotten dramatic, he’s generally kept things together well (in his own way), so it’s legitimately fascinating to see him here coming undone with stress and worry, rather than in his usual humorously homicidal way, over what’s happening. The jokes are few and far between, the fourth wall is intact, Deadpool is driven and desperate, and it’s an interesting spin on the character.

John Lucas’ linework has been polarizing, but I feel like he’s pulling it together for this issue and we’re getting a lot less “lumpy” and misshapen characters (that shouldn’t look that way, when they should, his work is great) and a more consistent vision to the book. Also the way he draws ‘70s Deadpool complete with kickin’ afro is great while the look lasts. Val Staples’ colors are bright and help bring life and direction to the artistic proceedings, giving us a beautifully diverse and wonderful palette that emphasizes both the grunge of the storyline and the breakneck pace it occurs at.

The Bad

Pacing of this issue is all over the place, as I said above. The art serves to emphasize this aspect, but it's mostly the writing where it doesn't do well for me. The latter seems to have its feet in two completely different pools, so to speak, the wacky antics of the Dazzler/Deadpool: Disco Vampire Hunters and the deadly serious arc of Agents Adist and Preston tracking down the Merc’s daughter. The problem is not that they conflict in terms of tone, it’s that the first feels like it’s treading on the second. With Deadpool crossing storylines, even with a new player to help Dazzler, that arc feels increasingly vestigial and pointless and the speed in which we go from one to the other in very, very different locations doesn’t help matters.

Josh Lucas’ art is better, but I still don’t think he’s a good fit for this book. There are other books with very strange art styles that I’ve loved because the strangeness plays directly into the tone and feel of the book, but in this case I just don’t think it meshes well. The thing is: I think he’d be great on another kind of book, something involving the BPRD for instance, but on this one his chaotic, ultra-stylized look serves to emphasize how off the pacing is, with every character looking like they’re constantly jiggling or in motion, but not a natural kind of motion. It adds a hyperactive element that feels at odds with the story itself.

The Verdict

I’m still interested in seeing how this storyline shakes out, particularly now that Deadpool has made the jump to the storyline involving his daughter. I can’t imagine this whole thing getting swept under the rug, so how this alters Deadpool, one of Marvel’s least responsible heroes, is still up for grabs and something I can’t wait to see. It may not be perfect, but this is still a story well worth picking up for those who can’t get enough yellow word balloons and expertly balanced drama with their comedy.

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Posted by powerflux

Wade has a daughter?! Can someone please explain how that happened!? Also, I don't see what was so "Original Sin epic" over who Deadpool's parents are, so could someone explain to me why it's a big deal?

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

I like the direction the books going but the art is making it hard for me to enjoy the issue

Posted by Paste_Pot_Pete

I think I'm gonna drop this series until Hawthorne comes back, which I believe is after Original Sin.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Wade has a daughter?! Can someone please explain how that happened!? Also, I don't see what was so "Original Sin epic" over who Deadpool's parents are, so could someone explain to me why it's a big deal?

Well.. when a man really loves a woman.

Posted by dagmar_merrill
Posted by The Lobster

Wade has a daughter?! Can someone please explain how that happened!? Also, I don't see what was so "Original Sin epic" over who Deadpool's parents are, so could someone explain to me why it's a big deal?

Beware the spoilers.....Wade had a brief fling with a woman who thought she was going to die and wanted to bump uglies before death. Turns out she survived, and had a daughter with Deadpool. The mother and child was than abducted by Butler (a man responsible for Deadpool's memory problems) and killed. But Butler managed to send Deadpool's daughter off to his brother to take care of.

Also, the sin isn't that who Deadpool's parents are....it's that apparently he was the one responsible for killing them by burning his house down while they slept.

Posted by sparty-dbq

Needed more than 1 scene of Dazzler/Shiklah ass-kicking.

And thank God the next issue is this terrible fill-in artist's last.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Deadpool's original sin...John Lucas. This arc has been torture on my eyes.

Edited by MightyMODOK

@powerflux:

Wade has a daughter?! Can someone please explain how that happened!? Also, I don't see what was so "Original Sin epic" over who Deadpool's parents are, so could someone explain to me why it's a big deal?

It was revealed in the arc 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly'

Posted by Raktus

@powerflux said:

Wade has a daughter?! Can someone please explain how that happened!? Also, I don't see what was so "Original Sin epic" over who Deadpool's parents are, so could someone explain to me why it's a big deal?

Beware the spoilers.....Wade had a brief fling with a woman who thought she was going to die and wanted to bump uglies before death. Turns out she survived, and had a daughter with Deadpool. The mother and child was than abducted by Butler (a man responsible for Deadpool's memory problems) and killed. But Butler managed to send Deadpool's daughter off to his brother to take care of.

Also, the sin isn't that who Deadpool's parents are....it's that apparently he was the one responsible for killing them by burning his house down while they slept.

Did he burn the house down with them inside? I seem to recall his father being killed in a bar fight.

Posted by The Lobster

@raktus: that origin was a false memory implanted by Butler while he experimented on him. You should read "the good, the bad, and the ugly." It was a fantastic arc, probably one of the best deadpool stories ever told.

Posted by Paste_Pot_Pete
Posted by GeneralTekno

Best part about Good Bad and the Ugly too was that it didn't necessarily invalidate any Deadpool story that came before - it was left incredibly vague which memories were real and which ones weren't, with no real authorial intent to answer the question.