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Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 7, 2008
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The PROS of this collection:
+It collects some key early appearances of Deadpool and provides background for the new reader
+Marvel is finally acknowledging the popularity of this character
+This edition features the writing of Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid and [briefly, for one issue] Joe Kelly, as well as art by Joe Madureira, Ian Churchill and [all-too-briefly] Ed McGuinness
The cons of this collection:
-Rob Liefeld's art is terrible (but at least it's only one issue). Liefeld is one of the biggest hacks in the industry and I usually avoid anything he's (crudely) drawn.
-The printing on Deadpool #1 (Kelly and McGuinness) is a little "off", by which I mean the lines are fuzzy and the art is slightly distorted
Overall, I hope Marvel collects the Deadpool run by Kelly and McGuinness because it is one of the few times I've laughed out loud while reading comics (right along with Ennis's Preacher and Arcudi/Mahnke's Major Bummer). It's also one of the storylines that I truly believe deserves the "Omnibus" treatment of being collected into one huge edition.
This TPB is a very good start for the Deadpool enthusiast or new devotee and despite its flaws I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Things like when it is discovered that he kidnapped Domino and chained her up in his hide out while his girlfriend Copycat imitated her. You miss how Deadpool smacks around Copycat while she is looking like Domino when he was angry with her.
Another thing missing is how Deadpool stalks Copycat and tries to kill her and her boyfriend Weapon X in the Wolverine comic.
Now this may seem like I am bashing the character, but I am not. I just want the casual , "HA! HA! Deadpool funny! " fan to know the depth of the character. Characters in the Marvel universe knew how horrible Deadpool was. That is why they don't want to be around him, not just because he talks too much.
He struggles to do the right thing so much in the Joe Kelly run, because he wasn't just a bad guy , but a real bastard.You see shadows of this in the Joe Kelly run when Deadpool puts one of his closest "friends/hostage" Blind Al in "The Box". A room full of razor sharp objects.
This doesn't show the dark road to redemption of the Deadpool character. They see him do a little villain stuff in his first appearance, but they don't dive into how vile he was. This collection does not show why the character tries so hard to be a hero, and is so deeply depressed when he fails.
For being a mercenary, Deadpool doesn't do much mercenary work in the middle two stories. They're plenty interesting but it seems strange. The Pirates That Don't Do Anything. This is resolved in the final story of the collection which sees three cases of mercenary work; one for In Media Res, one for the main story, and a final one as a sequel hook.
The middle two stories have Deadpool being pursued by someone. It's a case of neither hero nor villain; just protagonist. They lack a driving arc that is present in the fourth and final one. Perhaps this is due to it being Deadpool's first monthly series instead of a limited series but they don't feel as thick in terms of story telling.
They're enjoyable but not memorable is what I would say.
In the third story Deadpool calls himself "The merc with a mop" and this is indicative. This collection doesn't have the silly Deadpool munching on chimegangas but a serious Deadpool given to moping. In these stories he's pretty depressing in how he talks about ugly he is, and how unfair the world is and stuff like that. I'd say the first genuine bits of comedy don't come until the last story, which is the only one to include Blind Al.
Deadpool is solidly a jerk with a heart of gold in these stories (save the first where he's basically a villain of the week).Read more ›
Well, not exactly.
This story collects ten different issues of Deadpool by three different authors. The first five were done by Nicieza, and they were just not very good. The artwork was bland at best, the plot was way to convoluted, and deadpool himself couldn't get past 'mildly amusing'. And apparently the collection skipped over a good chunk of his more 'villainy' appearances.
The good news is that the last five issues written by Mark Waid and Joe Kelly were a good improvement. Deadpool becomes a deeper character, and much funnier to boot. I could definitely see the later books in the Deadpool classic series becoming worth the read. But this volume was hurt by the law of averages.
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I am currently on Vol 3 and I cant even finish it (after the tkme travel issue). Let me say that I'm not a huge comic nerd. I appreciate good writing and art. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Justin Rizzo
The first few feel a little slow, but the last couple issues are really good. That is why I picked an in between rating.Published 1 month ago by Jeremiah Owens
If you like marvel, then you are going to LOVE this. Deadpool is the merc with a mouth and is back for more action!Published 1 month ago by Timothy Lock
Made an awesome gift for my Deadpool fan Brother-In-Law!Published 2 months ago by polevaultercourtney
I chose this rating because I liked it I want to write it and then I find out I had to run to 20 whole words I hope I'm almost finishedPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer