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Deadpool Volume 1 Hardcover – July 6, 2011
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But that's okay, cause who needs romance when you've got big guns, am I right?
Catching us up on what Deadpool was up to during Skrull invasion of Earth that dominated the Marvel-verse for a while, this trade is chock full of 4th wall breakage, massive violence, and tons of deus ex machina misdirects and reversals in keeping with ole Cancerface's zany milieu.
My particular favorite chapter was the Dance of the Deadpool Skrulls. Boy, they really should have had a file on him. In fact, it kinda stretches my disbelief that they didn't, but oh well, it's all in good fun.
Weakest chapter was the zombie plastic surgeon escapade. Sure, it had sexy nurses, betrayal followed by backstabbing followed by double secret roundhouse triple-crossing, but the constant time skips back and forth didn't work in panel format. I could see it in a video, but not as presented. It was cute, but not perfect.
Definitely a fun read and worth the price. Even if Webhead doesn't make an appearance in these collected issues. I think they cross paths in a volume or two, though.
Deadpool is a mercenary who seems to be for hire by the highest bidder. An expert in guns, explosives and swordsmanship. We join the story with an invasion of the Skrulls at a baseball game. What's not terribly clear is how he knew that they would be there. Anyway, he manages to win the battle single handedly....and then salutes the Skrull commander and offers to join their side. They recognize his unique ability to heal (he has incredible regenerative powers) and accept, using his dna to create essentially clones of Deadpool. What ensues is pretty funny as he wreaks havoc, sewing the seeds of chaos throughout the ship and killing a bunch of the Skrulls. Despite all of this, he isn't paid by Nick Fury for the work he's done as Norman Osborne intercepted the data that Deadpool tries to transmit to Fury. So Deadpool is broke and accepts another job from an old foe, which entails wiping out a plastic surgeon (who may or may not be a zombie) and his staff (who are zombies).
There is little not to love about the "Merc With A Mouth" - he talks to himself and sings at random moments. There is no question as to his fighting prowess. The only question that you're truly left with is whether the hilarity and chaos are carefully planned, or whether he's just plain incredibly lucky. Deadpool is by far the funniest character in the superhero genre that I've come across, and I'm hoping to expand my collection of his tales of adventure.
The stories are entertaining as heck and the artwork is absolutely top notch. For clarification, I read this on my 7" kindle Fire HD, and had no problems with the text on panel view. I highly recommend this book!
Basically, Deadpool is thrown into a few interesting situations and escapes like Bugs Bunny does in those old cartoons. With a corny remark, a giggle, and usually a boom. Only the carrot is missing.
Avoid buying this. No tension. No suspense. No plot.
It avoids one star because the art is well-done and some of the violence is entertaining. Deadpool deserves much better writing, though.
Bonus: Deadpool Saga
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It's a shame that Secret Invasion was such a miserable crossover, because in the midst of it something wonderful happened that many readers may have missed: Deadpool finally got a series that does justice to the character. Writer Daniel Way captures Deadpool's fractured personality with pitch-perfect madness. The voices assert themselves and Deadpool talks to them, much to the consternation and confusion of anyone else in the room. Deadpool's brain is overflowing with pop culture and 1,001 ways to kill a person: the result is the funniest action series in comics.
No hesitation about this recommendation: this is a great series.
Recently the collection got re-released with even more additions to the story, so it is a more complete collection.
However, they still lack a hardcover volume of it, sadly.
I'd still say this is a fun investment, all things considered, just a pain to have to go hunting for the sake of collecting missing tidbits!