The GoodIllustrator Tony Moore and colorist Val Staples work wonders on this series. Everything looks exactly how it should. Everything. It's a more comedic yet disturbingly detailed and gruesome style -- sounds perfect for the Merc with a Mouth, doesn't it? The combat is bloody and looks great. You can feel the motion unfold with the strikes and there's some really, really vicious panels (and a kill stripped right from Alien: Resurrection). Those poor monkeys, though... at least they'll rise up one day just like Wade said, right?
I love how Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn's Deadpool isn't a joke every single second of every single panel. Sure, he's giving out references like they're candy on Halloween night, but there's a few moments here and there where you see his more serious demeanor take over and I can't help but savor those instances. He's so much more than a walking punch line and I always appreciate when these two writers convey that.
While the plot mostly goes as expected, the conclusion is a huge change of pace for the series. To say anything more detailed would be diving into spoilers territory, but it's a total 180 for the title and a very welcome shock. Bring on the emotion, Duggan and Posehn.
What would an issue of DEADPOOL be without a few good laughs? This one had more references than I could count, ranging from Planet of the Apes to a classic Coca-Cola commercial. There's even a little Wolverine joke tossed in there. A few moments gave me a good laugh, but most were limited to smirks this time around.
The BadThis issue's definitely amusing, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud as much as I did with the other chapters. The jokes just weren't as consistently sharp as the previous material and that's really key for this title.
I'm also getting a little tired of seeing Deadpool, the incredibly skilled mercenary, getting smacked around by Presidents with virtually no training. I understand their resurrection has boosted their physicals, but it would be nice to see Wade displaying some skill and agility more frequently.