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Deadpool #63 - The Salted Earth, Part Three: Conclusion Review

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Being that this is the final issue of Deadpool, where will it leave our favorite goofball Merc?

The Good

There are a few things I enjoyed about this issue. First off, I like the art; I think it really fits the tone and the mood of the character in this comic. I found that it was really entertaining. This isn't a serious book, so seeing Deadpool drawn as this elongated, rubbery looking character was actually really cool. I thought Filipe Andrade did a really fantastic job.

In great DEADPOOL fashion, this is a funny issue. What was great about this comic is that it wasn't just Deadpool that was entertaining and funny, but the supporting characters have enough of an entertaining (and equally obnoxious) sense of humor as well. I thought that the characters really meshed will together and that overall, this was a good read. I think one of the things I really liked about this issue is the portrayal of Deadpool as an actually rather intelligent character. A lot of the time we get the sense that Deadpool is this really lucky and really goofy guy, but he's also not stupid. His intelligence isn't something we always see and it really felt like Way played to the character's strengths in this comic.

The Bad

I sort of wish that Daniel Way had gone into more detail about Alison Kemp's story. I think that she is a character that had a lot of potential to do a lot of cool things and she could have been a character with a more interesting backstory, but we didn't get to see much of it. Based on this issue, it feels like DEADPOOL as a series just ends very abruptly. It doesn't feel like a definitive end to his story, which is disappointing. This issue not only marks the end of thise story arc (which in my opinion could have been fleshed out in more than just a couple of issues) as well as Daniel Way's run on the character. After, what, five years on the title; Way's DEADPOOL doesn't actually feel like it's over, and I think that's a pretty big problem. I get that the character needs to move on in the hands of another creative team, but there could have been a much smoother transition than this one, I think. This issue just sort of ends and leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions.

Alison Kemp seems like she really could have been developed into this interesting character. For a woman who is so accomplished (having climbed the ranks of Interpol as she states in the issue), I would expect her to have been swayed by more than just a short blurb of a speech by Deadpool. That's not really giving her character a whole lot of credit, unfortunately. She had (maybe still has) potential to be interesting, but the fact that she is so impressionable makes her look really weak.

The Verdict

This issue wasn't great, but it wasn't bad, either. I think Way does a good job keeping Deadpool funny while trying to talk some sense into Alison Kemp's character. I think that the pacing is pretty good; it doesn't feel too rushed and the art is really appropriate for the tone of Way's writing. However, there was a lot lacking in Alison's character. Like I mentioned above, if we are to believe that she's this really accomplished character, then it's strange to see her so easily swayed by Deadpool's speech at the end of the issue. Furthermore, it doesn't feel like a definitive end to his story arc or to Way's run; at least not like it should. I think overall, this story could have ended and Way should have used another issue to close the chapter on the character he's been writing for so long; but that's just my opinion.

16 Comments
Posted by Grey56

Don't take it so hard. Thanks for the review - just know that like all other things ridiculously Marvel it's in fact not the end but a segue-way into a new volume. For whatever that's worth.

Posted by Video_Martian

Haha, i'll check this out. Peace.

Posted by Pacperson

A crappy end to a crappy run....hope the next one is better

Posted by SadiaVicious

@Pacperson said:

A crappy end to a crappy run....hope the next one is better

This.

Posted by Metric_Outlaw

Deadpool has been easily one of my favorite books ever. I thought this whole arc did a fine job making Deadpool a more realistic and developed character but it hardly made me laugh. Its kind of a travesty that the book ends with an arc that's more focused on a new villain than on Deadpool's character. This is arc is by no means bad it just seemed odd that the series ended with such a lack of Deadpool.

Posted by usabfb

No single other review has made me weep as much as this one. "I think" is going to have to crawl into a dark hole after the savage beating it received here.

Posted by WolfMonkey

The art for this issue fits Deadpool better than anyone else's. There have been a number of great artists (and Shawn Crystal... what's that guy doing...?), but none more fitting for Deadpool. I didnt hate the run as much as some people did. I liked it in fact. But this ending? it just left me a sour taste in my mouth. A different taste than Mass Effect 3, but a sour taste none the less. As is there's still another issue coming. A prologue of sorts. I'm not looking forward to zombie presidents from the guy who made "fart and weiner jokes", but i'll give it a try. Unlike some, I will miss Daniel Way on Deadpool. So I'll be tuning into Thunderbolts guaranteed, but i'll still give the new Deadpool a shot.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Can anyone tell me if he got his HF back he has t in the previews of the new run...

Posted by whitelantern64

Im a new-bie to deadpool comics but love the character. Should I bother with this issue, or just wait for a couple weeks for new deadpool comic that's coming out?

Edited by slvr4surfer

At the end of this issue Evil Deadpool is back (he "died" from gunshot wounds after losing his healing factor to the same serum that took away Wade's). So it's implied that the serum's effects were only temporary. He then shoots Deadpool in the face. The End.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber
Posted by slvr4surfer

What happened to T-Ray was one of my favorite bits of the issue and it's a lot better if you read the issue but whatevah, here you go:

T-Ray is seen training in the aircraft's training room earlier with Slayback doing bench presses. Later on in the issue when T-Ray uses the dumbbell as a weapon against Deadpool he is told by Pooly that it is in fact a pipe bomb and that he has the detonator. T-Ray manages to tie Deadpool up with the dumbbell and takes away the detonator. However, the bomb wasn't the dumbbell... it was the detonator. BOoOM.

Posted by Teerack

The art looked exactly like Aeon Flux

Posted by Mezmero

Yeah the issue was okay but didn't feel like a satisfying end to such an amazing run. I liked how Deadpool was drawn but everyone else looked a little crappy. There were a couple times when T-Ray almost looked like Beta Ray Bill or something. I also thought T-Ray would have a better end than that. C'est la vie.

Alison Kemp just seemed like she would end up another one of Deadpool's girlfriends. And by "girlfriends" I really mean "attractive women constantly trying to murder him", which is arguably what he wants from the people he loves. I think if anything I'm more disappointed that there was no resolution to Deadpool's relationship with Mistress Death. Posehn's kind of a metal head so hopefully he'll have Death more prominently featured in Deadpool Now. Keep doing these great reviews.

Posted by NXH

Is it worth picking up the hardcover for this? I heard there's one coming soon with issues 50 - 63.

Posted by NawfalQ

I agree re: the Kemp character.

These last four or five issues of the volume have been quite poor, when one considers it altogether. I do feel they were rushed and a bit half-@ssed. This is disappointing.