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Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1 - Chapter 1: From America With Love...And No Backsies! Review


There's a new digital Infinite comic starring Deadpool. This will lead into a certain big event in the regular series in April.

The Good

A weekly Deadpool digital comic? Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn? Yes please. If you're not a fan of digital comics, there will be a printed version available but you'll lose out on some of the added art/features of the Infinite Comics format.

If you've been reading the main DEADPOOL series, you know it's not full of your typical Deadpool stories. Duggan and Posehn are loading the issues with comedy (and violence) but there's more to it than that. The recent storyline, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, created some pretty big developments for Wade. It actually had a big affect on him and we're still seeing some fall out over it here. That's just one thing that makes this interesting - seeing the connection to the main series.

To try to deal with the recent events, Deadpool decided to go to London. We're sort of thrown into the action as he's in the middle of a fight...on a helicopter. You know that can't end well. All the while, with the promise that this 13-part series will lead into some big event in the regular series in April, you'll find yourself glued to each panel, searching for clues. (Check out this INTERVIEW with Gerry Duggan if you missed the news).

Of course having Reilly Brown back drawing Deadpool is pretty sweet. This is another reason to go for the Infinite Comic format. You get a little more art compared to what must be in the printed format.

If you haven't read an Infinite Comic before, there will be subtle changes in panels and dialogue as you 'swipe' the page. This really works when you see Deadpool healing from an injury or during his...theme song title scene. Trust me, it's better you read it for yourself rather than have me try to explain the beauty of it.

The Bad

The Infinite Comic part does work well but there are some moments, especially in the beginning, with no Infinite effects. This can easily be overlooked when you see some of the glory in other areas (I loved the part with the umbrella).

You get plenty of story but is it bad that I immediately wanted more?

The Verdict

If you're a fan of Deadpool and you're digging the series by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, you really should get this Infinite Comic. This is a 13-part story that does "matter" as it will tie into the main series. The Infinite approach gives you an enhanced story with the chance to see more of Reilly Brown's art. It's a fun story. Deadpool's in London and he ends up fighting a vampire. What more could you want? Do yourself a favor and walk (don't run, you might trip) to your smart phone or tablet (or computer) and buy this book.

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Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

If my local comic shop carries this I'm getting it.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Can't wait to read this.

Edited by Kal'smahboi

I thought this issue was supposed to be free? I just went to Comixology and it's 2.99...

I'm super pumped for this though, especially with this review!

Posted by murderpool

@kal_smahboi: Print #1 is free. Not digital. Totally worth it.

Posted by Renchamp

I'm torn! Venture into digital or go old school and stick with physical books and screw the Infinite sparkles?

Posted by G-Man
Posted by Kal'smahboi

@murderpool: @g_man: Ah, I misunderstood when I read. That's ok, just wanted to make sure I wasn't paying for something I didn't have to. Thanks for clarifying!

Posted by Maddpanda531

I'm torn. I'm not a fan of digital comics. Like, at all. I really don't like the idea of paying the full price for a digital copy. For that reason, I haven't been reading any Infinite Comics. But I do want to. I wish they all were printed, too.

Edited by Mucklefluga

Ive only read the first arc of the Duggan/Posehn run. Should I catch up before I start reading The Gauntlet?

Posted by murderpool

@mucklefluga: at this point in the gauntlet i would suggest at least catching up on the last arc the good the bad and the ugly. It puts wade's mood current situation in better context but at least this seems to be its own little adventure that wil tie back in with the main book. Regardless I recommend the whole series from first arc to last just because it is consistently radical my friend.

Posted by Mucklefluga

@murderpool: Thanks for replying. Yeah, i keep meaning to buy the latest arc, I've heard only fantastic things about it.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

This issue was great and, I gotta say, the Infinite stuff was really cool. First time reading a comic in that format was a success!

Posted by bizzy4chem

Always getting deadpool comics, it's a universe law for me

Edited by JTKirk101

@kal_smahboi: Hi i'm new to getting digital comics... where do I get this? I cant find it on the marvel site.

Posted by Perethorn

I'm not a big fan of digital comics, but i think i gonna give a try to this one. I want to see those "infinite effects" and special features.

Edited by Kal'smahboi

@jtkirk101: I'm not sure what's most common, but I use comixology.

Posted by murderpool
Posted by simple_man815

Incredibly fun issue, especially "Theme song", but where is Preston?

Posted by Jake Fury

I feel guilty. I read a Deadpool comic and I liked it...