Saturday, December 7, 2019

Review: DEADPOOL #1 (2018)

DEADPOOL No. 1 / No. 301 (2018)

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Skottie Young
ART: Nic Klein; Scott Hepburn
COLORS: Nic Klein; Ian Herring
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Jake Thomas
COVER: Nic Klein
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Skottie Young with Jean-Francois Beaulieu; Skottie Young; Mike Deodato, Jr. with Rain Beredo; Rob Liefeld with Federico Blee; Rob Liefeld with Jesus Aburtov; Jerome Opena with Jason Keith
36pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (August 2018)

“Parental Advisory”

Deadpool created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza

“Back in Business”

Deadpool is a Marvel Comics anti-hero character.  He was created by artist-writer Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza and first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (cover dated: February 1991).  Deadpool is Wade Winston Wilson, a disfigured and deeply mentally disturbed assassin-for-hire and mercenary with a superhuman physical prowess and an accelerated healing factor.  The character is depicted as joking constantly, being sarcastic, and having a tendency to engage in the literary device of “breaking the fourth wall” and speaking to readers.

Marvel Comics recently launched a new Deadpool comic book series, because launching and relaunching comic book series and number-one issues is something for which Marvel has a proclivity.  Deadpool 2018 is written by Skottie Young.  This issue has two stories.  The first is drawn and colored by Nic Klein, and the second is drawn by Scott Hepburn and colored by Ian HerringJeff Eckleberry provides lettering for both stories.

Deadpool #1 (“Back in Business”) finds our (anti) hero enjoying a sappy Oscar-bait drama, “Best Friends Buds” at the local movie theater.  What Deadpool really wants is a high-paying assassination gig, but his “assistant,” Negasonic Teenage Warhead, informs him that his current target is also enjoying “Best Friends Bud.”  Luckily more craziness is, indeed, headed Mr. Wilson's way, in the form of the kind of adversary the Avengers usually handle.

In “Good Night,” Deadpool, post-mind-wipe, wants a new new origin story.  He tries on several, most of them riffs on familiar superhero origin tales.

I have not read a Deadpool comic book in over two decades, maybe since that miniseries Joe Madureira drew.  I decided to read the first issue of this new Skottie Young-written series because I liked the first issue of the Rocket Raccoon comic book Young wrote and drew a few years ago.  I made a good choice, as I really enjoyed this new Deadpool #1.

Young has written a comic book that reads like a partial transcript of the hit 2016 Deadpool film, and Young does joke about the stylistic similarities between that film and this comic book.  That's okay.  On that rare occasion, a comic book should skew close to its film adaptation.  Nic Klein's art blends seamlessly with Young's script to create an entertaining and humorous comic book, and even Klein's coloring has a comic vibe.  That makes it complete Deadpool the 2018 comic book is spiritually similar to Deadpool the 2016 movie.

Artist Scott Helpern and artist Ian Herring offer a nice turn in riffs on famous comic book origin stories in the second story, “Good Night.”  Of course, letterer Jeff Eckleberry swoops in to assure that the comedy works.  I think that some people underestimate how important lettering is to not only creating the tone of a comic book story, but also how important letterers are to making sure that dialogue and exposition have the intended dramatic or humorous impact.

I think a few issues of this new Deadpool series have been published since the debut of this first issue.  So I need to hunt some back issues because I think I might want to follow this.  It is not a “great” work; sometimes, Young seems to try a little too hard to be funny, but this Deadpool #1 is quite enjoyable.

7 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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