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Deadpool #6 - National Maul Review

5

Washington's undead army takes over the capitol and it's up to Wade Wilson to save the day!

The Good

Deadpool's first Marvel Now! story ends here and it goes out the same way it came in: filled with constant laughs and gruesome violence. As a longtime fan of the character, I was beyond pleased to see we get some more examples of character depth, too.

The writers certainly deserve praise, but the real star here is artist Tony Moore. This guy is literally the perfect fit for the book. His style is beyond unique, dropping plenty of detail and providing an amazing offbeat vibe. It's a match made in heaven for Wade and his battle against decaying Presidents. The battles look great and there's plenty of intentionally cringeworthy moments. Naked Taft is sure to haunt your mind (TAFT SMASH YOUR DREAMS!) and Deadpool's obliterated face has never looked better -- well, you know what I mean.

Co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are delivering a constant flow of solid laughs and I wouldn't expect anything less, seeing as both are comedy writers are and all that. There's at least a few moments here which had me legitimately laughing out loud like a fool and overall, the book just kept me in a great mood. The way they wrap up loose ends with the extra Presidents is downright hysterical. With so many titles out there that are purely moody and broody, this is definitely a praiseworthy attribute.

That said, the duo does manage to sprinkle in more serious moments for Wade here and there, and that's absolutely an element I appreciate. Wade's so much more than a reference-spewing clown with a healing factor and I'm stoked so see bits and pieces of that shine through in this one. Yes, I want a Deadpool book to fill me with laughter, but we desperately need some character driven moments in there, too. Luckily for us, the co-writers brought it here and it gives me hope we'll see more of a balance with the tone in the next story arc. We know they can bring the laughter and violence; now we're starting to see they can strike a more serious and emotionally compelling atmosphere as well.

The Bad

Hold on a second, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the current U.S. military was struggling when it all began to hit the fan? We're talking about an army of the undead with way outdated technology. Yeah, Tony's splash page was seriously awesome, I just find it hard to believe this fight wouldn't be totally one sided -- in the living's favor, of course. I know that's an odd complaint considering the vibe of the book, but we see fighter jets and all. That alone should be game over, man!

Captain America felt out of character, but seeing as the point was a small and funny cameo, I've got no problem dealing with it.

The Verdic

I know "WTF certified" is DC's thing, but DEADPOOL is totally borrowing it with this ending! You'll never see it coming and this is sure to keep the book hugely amusing. One of the countless reasons why CABLE & DEADPOOL worked so well is because Nathan was there to balance the tone. Without spoiling anything, I can safely say it looks like we're about to get a whole lot of that again. Considering the entertaining writing, it'll hopefully be a successful new element to the book. This first story is nothing but pure comedy and crazy action. If you're looking for a complex and deep plot, you won't be pleased. But, if you're looking for some ridiculous fun, this issue's just for you.

If Lincoln Duckie doesn't convince you to buy this book, I don't know what will.
19 Comments
Posted by mightypug78

i want a lincoln duckie action figure

Edited by k4tzm4n

@mightypug78 said:

i want a lincoln duckie action figure

YES! Though honestly, I'd probably be creeped out by it.

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Posted by Mucklefluga

@k4tzm4n said:

@mightypug78 said:

i want a lincoln duckie action figure

YES! Though honestly, I'd probably be creeped out by it.

I want one too!

Wow! This was a really, really, really fantastic issue! You get funny Deadpool, serious Deadpool, and totally awesome art! The story is wrapped up nicely and the aftermath leaves you wanting lots more.

Posted by sledgemeyers

Is Moore still leaving at some point? I thought I remember him announcing that. The art is just so fun that I can't imagine it any different.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@sledgemeyers: Yes. Mike Hawthorne joins the book with issue #8.

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Posted by Ramier

this series kinda stalled i drop it after the 4th issue

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

k4tz please make Lincoln Duckie your next avatar.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

k4tz please make Lincoln Duckie your next avatar.

Done.

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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@k4tzm4n said:

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

k4tz please make Lincoln Duckie your next avatar.

Done.

YES!!!

Its the best avatar I've ever seen!

Posted by Captain_Yesterday

@k4tzm4n: That is awesome.

Posted by Mowgli22

this has truly been an awesome arc imo.

Posted by Imagine_Man15

Consistently one of my favorite books on the shelves.

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

The way this issue ended was brilliant. Didn't see it coming either!!

Posted by sparty-dbq

Great finish to this opening arc. I kinda felt like it was starting to peter out already after the last two issues, but they really nailed it here.

Posted by The Mast

I've read Joe Kelly's run, Simone's run and I've read Wade Wilson's War by Swierczynski.

When things get as good as those runs were and Deadpool is back to being a snarky, lethal assassin...I will turn in. I'm so done with Marvel making him the Dane Cook of the M.U. So done.

He's such a joke now. Like, objectively. The tone hasn't "evolved". Someone just decided to make him wacky (Daniel "Never Touch Deadpool's On-Goings Again" Way). This is better than what we had, but no. Done.

Posted by Raw_Material

Really enjoyed this issue. It shows the more serious side of Deadpool rather than being depicted as the "clown" of every battle. Although, we do get to see some great one-liners from Wade himself to keep us giggling while we read the issue.

Posted by Loki2u

This issue was ok, but I have a hard time seeing it given a 5 star rating up there with the same quality of titles such as saga and harbinger and x-o man o war this week which also received 5 stars.

Posted by Mezmero
Posted by k4tzm4n

@Loki2u said:

This issue was ok, but I have a hard time seeing it given a 5 star rating up there with the same quality of titles such as saga and harbinger and x-o man o war this week which also received 5 stars.

I grant 5 star ratings to issues I love. 5 stars doesn't mean it's perfect or necessarily on par with other 5 star ratings in all attributes. I thought this issue was a blast and I absolutely did love it (and I elaborate on why in the review, so no need to repeat myself here). Also, X-O received 4 stars this week.

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