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Deadpool Annual #1 - Madcapped Review

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Remember those white boxes? Well, this issue answers where they went. Oh, and Luke Cage dances. You won't want to miss that.

The Good

Deadpool's series has taken a gripping turn, but this annual offers a little break from the gloom and doom and instead hits us with big laughs and all kinds of absurdity. Seriously, there's hallucinations, Thor dropping hysterical lines, Luke Cage dancing, and much, much more. Co-writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker aim to tell us where Deadpool's white caption boxes went and, more importantly, why they existed in the first place. Ultimately, I'd say it's a good retcon and definitely fits the tone of Wade's last volume (which is appropriate since it takes place then, anyway). If you were a fan of Daniel Way's take on the character, this will be a nice little stroll down memory lane for you and is every bit as out there as his volume. For everyone else... well, it's only two pages of nostalgia in the entire issue and thankfully everything else is really, really funny.

I would have loved to see cover artist Tradd Moore tackle this issue, but thankfully, Evan "Doc" Shaner and colorist Veronica Gandini are a more than appropriate fit. Shaner's style does a nice job balancing a slightly serious and more lighthearted look. The rooftop scenes display a solid use of shading and detail, and then the... well, I guess I'll call them "other" scenes, present a vibrant, welcoming and downright silly set of visuals. The look caught me a bit off-guard since I've been used to Declan Shalvey's exceptional work on the title, but when all was said and done, I must admit I was a really big fan of this visual team. The expressions are also hilarious, really selling on the script's numerous punch lines. Jason Aaron is killing it over on THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, but this was this take on Thor was a real treat.

The Bad

This book basically exists to justify why the extra voice in Deadpool's head was lost when Daniel Way's volume ended and Gerry Duggan/Brian Posehn's began. But seeing as Daniel Way introduced the element with literally no explanation, I was happy thinking Duggan and Posehn simply decided to bring Wade back to his status quo. While this does retcon Wade's "craziness" to some degree, it also totally downplays who he was without that extra voice. I love seeing a more serious take on the character, but this issue, he was definitely the least interesting one out of the bunch.

The timing of this issue also feels kind of odd since, at this point, the white caption boxes have been long forgotten. Also, we just had a really gripping and emotional story with Wade, so anticipation to see where he'll go next is pretty much at an all time high right now.

I could complain about some of the personal gripes I have with the battles, but let's be honest here, this book was all about the comedic value and not taking the fights seriously, anyway.

The Verdict

You know how The Good, The Bad And the Ugly was emotional, serious, compelling and dark? Imagine the polar opposite of that and that's exactly what DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1 has in store for you. It's just pure levity and is sure to keep you laughing with all of the wackiness it'll throw your way. The timing of the issue's release is definitely an odd choice, but it's a nice little dose of craziness before we jump back into what's going on with Wade in the standard timeline.

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Edited by HeckTate

Seems to be an error with the description line, unless you were going for "a"

Edit: nevermind, seems fixed

Edited by The_Titan_Lord

Nice

Edited by dagmar_merrill

This was awesome! I want to die a warrior's death now.. :/

Anyway this was fun and really didn't change much but explain why he doesn't have the voice in his head and why he had it. You can read all of way's run and it is all still unchanged from this issue. (Not that I would recommend way's run). The art was kinda meh to me.. besides that it was a fantastic issue.

Posted by k4tzm4n

This was awesome! I want to die a warrior's death now.. :/

Anyway this was fun and really didn't change much but explain why he doesn't have the voice in his head and why he had it. You can read all of way's run and it is all still unchanged from this issue. (Not that I would recommend way's run). The art was kinda meh to me.. besides that it was a fantastic issue.

That's how I felt at first, but as I continued I felt it did a really good job bringing the book's tone to life. I think the lack of detail in the opening scenes with the various characters and ninjas didn't help the initial impression.

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Edited by murderpool

I truly enjoyed this. I feel like this book is a lot like the closure a battered wife gets from knowing her husband is getting &?@&$! in prison

Good riddance to the remnants of way

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@k4tzm4n said:

@dagmar_merrill said:

This was awesome! I want to die a warrior's death now.. :/

Anyway this was fun and really didn't change much but explain why he doesn't have the voice in his head and why he had it. You can read all of way's run and it is all still unchanged from this issue. (Not that I would recommend way's run). The art was kinda meh to me.. besides that it was a fantastic issue.

That's how I felt at first, but as I continued I felt it did a really good job bringing the book's tone to life. I think the lack of detail in the opening scenes with the various characters and ninjas didn't help the initial impression.

Just a hypothetical.. but imagine Alex Ross drawing Luke Cage dance.. :D

The art did grow on me.. but I just couldn't really get into it.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Yes.

Posted by Noteworthington

Second best book of the week after Uncanny Avengers =)

Posted by Fenderxx

Very fun issue, and I agree with the review, its nothing against the comic, but does the editor or writer feel like they have to explain every change to a character if a new team mixes it up. I mean I agree, I rolled with the boxes when Way wrote it and I was totally fine when they where gone in the new series. I know people like harp on DC about continuity but I think 90% of will just go with it and love good stories.

Edited by kilomac29

Two things that made this issue for me

  1. The Looney Tunes homage on the cover
  2. DP's riff on what "Super Dummy" names sound like

Sheer gold!!!

Posted by marvel_boy2241