A KAIJU HAIKU!
• Deadpool loves monster!
• Monster SPRINGS city attack!
• What to do, Deadpool?!
Deadpool is BACK after a bit of a delay and with a brand new artistic team including the talented Gerardo Sandoval spearheaded once more by Kelly Thompson’s writing. We pick up on Deadpool’s current reign as the King of Monsters, dealing with not just his kingdom but also a rather intrusive Elsa Bloodstone.
Deadpool #5 is arguably the best issue yet in the series, but with Krakoa and the X-Men just around the corner I’m not really expecting it to kick off a new arc focused on the lessons explored here. It captures the feel that many strong one-shots pull off with a straightforward story that reaches a memorable conclusion in just one issue. Thompson has been able to tap into the heart that is so often lost in Deadpool stories and it shows up more than ever in this issue.
Jeff is a character that Thompson certainly holds dear, but the adorable land shark serves as the catalyst to explore Deadpool’s very real internalized struggle with the treatment of what humans perceive to be monsters. Jeff and Smash Smash, the kaiju monster, introduce a conflict for Deadpool that he must confront and a duality that he has attempted to overcome himself. While it’s a heartbreaking story that sees Deadpool thrust into the role of killer in the worst way possible, it’s remarkable to see how much heart and emotion that Thompson pours into these unexpected characters.
The new artists bring a totally distinct look to the series that utilizes some more familiar layouts and panel designs to help tell a cohesive story. It’s instantly noticeable for fans who have followed so far, and at the moment it seems we are set for another change soon as Hickman’s X-Men overhaul makes its way to Deadpool. If there had to be a time to do such artistic changes this would be the best option considering the state of comics. It’s a gorgeous book that is a lot of fun and the artwork brings out the cuteness, ferocity and raw emotion in wonderful ways.
For me, as incredibly cute as Jeff is on every single panel, it’s Elsa Bloodstone that steals the show. I haven’t been able to really pinpoint her motivations up until this point but knew that she had a great place in the kingdom of monsters. This issue, we see her grow closer with Deadpool in a way I truly didn’t see coming. By the time we get to the panel where they reach out and hold hands, I was screaming. While I would personally appreciate a broader look into who Deadpool finds attractive, the chemistry with Elsa Bloodstone is undeniable.
Ultimately, Deadpool #5 is a great issue. It’s enjoyable, heartfelt and memorable. Thompson and company return from the break with a great reminder for why I love Deadpool as a character. You don’t need to read the first four issues to have fun with this issue, so be sure to pick it up!
Deadpool #5 is just a great issue. It's heartfelt, a ton of fun and the artwork brings out the cuteness, ferocity and raw emotion in wonderful ways.
Deadpool #5: It Always Comes Back to Killing
Writing - 9.5/109.5/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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