After four months of re-killing the founding fathers of this great country, Deadpool’s first mission in the Marvel NOW! era has come to an end. After George Washington took out Wade Wilson’s go-to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and friend, Agent Preston. In the last issue, the Merc With a Mouth is all business after regaining consciousness from that last attack. No more funny business until our first president is back in the grave.
Okay, not really. There’s plenty of funny business. That whole serious shtick doesn’t stick for very long, but Deadpool is still as determined as ever to take out the rest of the zombified POTUS pack. Now, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he marches into battle against a magic-wielding zombie version of George Washington, as seen in the preview from last month.
As a whole, this first arc in Deadpool’s Marvel NOW title has been quite enjoyable. I thought that Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn were very funny and brought a lot of signature Deadpool-isms to the table with their first go. Plus, all the historical jokes were not only funny, but also educational. For instance, I definitely googled the story about President William Taft getting stuck in a bathtub after I finished this issue.
In terms of artwork, Tony Moore was well within his wheelhouse for this arc considering how much experience he has with drawing things that are dead and rotting. Moore’s art was made even more vivid by the awesome colors thanks to Val Staples.
Individually, issue number six was largely pretty good as well. I liked the way that it tied everything together. I definitely liked the ‘Princess Bride’ reference and the Avengers cameo. It was fairly consistent with the quality of the whole run. It was all as entertaining as the rest of the run, but there was one thing that I didn’t care for: The ending.
I won’t get into specifics, but I will say that I was pretty disappointed about the last page of the book. The end of the story where Deadpool saves the day was perfectly fine, and it was made even better because of his motivation to win, but that last page just didn’t sit so well with me. Let’s just say that Deadpool has enough voices in his head, so he doesn’t need anymore. Even though my initial reaction to the new status quo of Deadpool’s world may not have been super positive, maybe the creative team will do something interesting with it in the stories to come to change my mind, so I’m willing to stick around to find out.
After a really outrageous first arc, I think there’s a lot of fun to be had in this Deadpool series in the future. I’m pretty interested in seeing what’s coming next because it might be pretty hard topping re-killing the Presidents of the United States of America. For all we know, Deadpool could go after The Presidents of the United States of America, that band from the 90s that sang about lumps and peaches. I don’t see Deadpool liking them too much, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were somewhere on his hit list.
Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN
Art by TONY MOORE & VAL STAPLES
Cover by ZACH BALDUS