Written By: Cullen Bunn
Pencils By: Dalibor Talajic
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: OUT NOW IN STORES & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (VIA COMIXOLOGY)
Talk about giving away the plot in the title! Yup, you guessed it, this miniseries has the merc with a mouth, Deadpool taking out the Marvel universe. But why would he do that? I hear you ask. Well, page one opens with The Watcher, so straight away this isn’t real but given that this follows with the Fantastic Four in tatters and Deadpool finishing off who’s left, the fun elements kick in and this miniseries becomes very, very readable.
The great thing about Deadpool is that you can put him anywhere and he works. He used to work great as a side character in X-Force. Then he worked great in his own miniseries and then he rocked the Marvel Universe when he got his own successful ongoing series (as well as many spin offs since). Nowadays Deadpool is like the rockstar of Marvel. Popular with the readers, the game industry are getting on board more and more and even though the Wolverine movie was a clusterf**k of bad news for Deadpool, he’s survived it and carried on being awesome in the comics regardless. It’s because of all this that the potential of Deadpool killing the Marvel Universe works and this first issue sets off the events.
Knowing this is an alternite reality, Deadpool is allowed to be fully unleashed. Killing the Fantastic Four, being screwed over by the X-Men, doing nasty stuff to doctors, ‘Pool is on fire in this issue (as is the institution he’s dumped in). There’s a pattern forming here already that seems to involve anyone that’s in a panel is going to get killed by Deadpool. That makes this fun, exciting and sort of gruesome but on top of all that bloodshed, it’s solidly written and Cullen Bunn seens to know this has to be more than just a series of kills, pinning the whole thing together with a mystery plot that we’ll find out more about as we move forward.
Issue #1 of this miniseries rocked, the art a mixture of fun and gruesome and I can’t wait to see how Deadpool takes out all the whingy faces that have been annoying me over in Avengers vs X-Men of late as well as the big guns like Hulk. It’s a guilty pleasure seeing all this happen but it’s handled well so far and after a long time away from Deadpool this was a glorious return to the character for me.