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Let’s chat some perennially published Deadpool vs.books, shall we? I’ve read the #1 in a crossover miniseries pitting the merc with a mouth against the king with... a brain? Sadly, this one didn’t go as well as it could have. Didn’t go as bad as it could have, either.
It just fell five shades of flat, and as such it gets the ol’ thumbs down.
It deals with some interesting concepts when it comes to DP’s healing factor, has a decent representation of BP, and the meta is well done in places, including a “hot take” on how this sort of comic run usually pans out, but the take-it-or-leave-it artwork will turn a lot of people off, and the bad kind of DP humour means it’s an instant no-no for me.
See, the recent Reynolds-led movies worked more because of delivery than anything, our boi Ryan’s a natural when it comes to comedy and timing ever since his Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place days, and the DP flicks were no exception. Cal him one-note, but he can hold that note for ages and you’ll never get bored of it.
But when you try and distill the humour down to even more toilet/kindergarten-grade cutesy and plop an outright idiotic “do elephants moo?” joke in there, along with emojis (yes, you read that right, emojis…) to underline the character’s emotions (which are already visible and understandable to any human with a pulse above the age of two) you’re kind of losing a lot of what could have been a great plot and devolving into run of the mill crossover territory that next to nobody will follow.
Just for the record, DP could’ve rounded up those shipping company employees, tied them up, thrown them into one of the cages, then let the animals loose in whatever plane they took to Wakanda, and plunged that thing in the jungle, then ridden one of the elephants off it and into Wakanda and it would’ve actually made sense and given PETA a hard-on, to boot...
But what do I know, I’m just a guy with a blog...
One more thing: the cover is just a bloody waste in this one, with the bottom third dedicated to needless Wakandan building paraphernalia and the action poses of the heroes being scaled down in order to fit the damn panthers in. Either give us an OTS view so we can get closer to the action, or just do staring-into-the-abyss perspective from “atop” the skyscrapers themselves with DP and BP fighting as they’re falling down along them. Focus on the damn heroes, basically.
There’s also the small problem of “where in the hell does this fit in continuity?” with DP not being… disarmed and unable to grow his arm back in his own run (issue #6) which I actually took the time to read for some context. Big mistake on my part as that particular issue was duller than dubstep. Never again.
Well, it’ll happen again with me reviewing more of these as time goes on, I guess, but this particular series is toast in my book.
Thanks for reading, and have as nice a day as you deserve!