DEADPOOL'S KINGDOM...IS CRUMBLING!
• As Deadpool tries to build up his new monster kingdom, he keeps running into obstacles.
Obstacles named CAPTAIN AMERICA and ELSA BLOODSTONE.
• But they are far from his only problems: There's someone killing monsters, and their sights are set on those closest to Deadpool.
• Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown, particularly when it's in the sights of one of the deadliest people in the Marvel Universe!
Kelly Thompson and Chris Bachalo’s new Deadpool series finds its stride early in Deadpool #2, taking the wildly fun concept established in the first issue to new depths with the help of a couple well known Marvel characters. This isn’t just another irreverent Deadpool series, it has a story to tell!
Deadpool #2 confirms a suspicion I had after the first issue released regarding the approachability of Wade Wilson in today’s arguably oversaturated market. After one full-fledged comedy after another, this Deadpool series is quickly proving to be something more by taking the character in an interesting new direction. Deadpool has always been the wackiest part of any book he is in, but this series uses a whimsical concept to explore something else in Deadpool.
As the King of Monsters, he seems to have found a home, and after losing so much over the last few series this feels like a natural progression. However, his new home just happens to be among a bunch of literal monsters. This forces readers to take a more introspective look at the character and attempt to break through the facade of humor and look between all the lines of joking dialogue.
All of this helps to make this a perfect series for not just new readers jumping into the character, but for those who have been hesitant about reading anything with Deadpool in it. There is something new and different happening here, and while we may not fully understand what is going on, it is intriguing nonetheless.
The highly stylistic artwork from Chris Bachalo and a team of talented inkers helps to set this series apart, also finding its groove in the second issue. The panel layout remains sometimes more complicated than necessary, but the visuals are so unique and enjoyable that it’s difficult to complain. With some spectacular colors from David Curiel and solid letters from Sabino, Deadpool #2 is a treat to look at.
While it is great to see Deadpool thrust into a position of responsibility while maintaining the wacky vibe that suits the character, it is still difficult to pinpoint where this series is going and if it will be an important moment for the character moving forward. With Deadpool taken out of the fight by Bloodstone leaving Jeff and Kraven face to face, it seems next issue could be dramatic. The Kingdom of Monsters is a fun setting for Deadpool so I’m sure it will remain entertaining, but it’s easy to see this creative team seems intent on delivering more.
Let’s hope they can pull it off.
The new series finds its stride early in Deadpool #2, taking the wildly fun concept established in its opening to new depths with the help of a couple of well known Marvel characters, proving this isn't just another irreverent Deadpool series!
Deadpool #2: Annnnnd the Kraken Ate a Boat. Great.
- Writing - 9/109/10
- Storyline - 9/109/10
- Art - 9.5/109.5/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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