Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 Review
By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
An eerie figure, clothed in a black skin-tight uniform carries a severed head slowly over to a microwave. The head rambles on while its inevitable demise inches closer and closer. The ravaged skin under a Deadpool mask slowly melts away as the microwave kicks in and forces this alternate dimension Headpool to explode violently and gruesomely. What follows is a twisted quest of an even more deranged than normal Wade Wilson travelling to each parallel world to dispose of himself in even more graphic and upsetting ways.
The Deadpool Corps, a group comprised of several versions of the Merc with a Mouth, some even as a loveable dog, travel to the Marvel 616 universe to confront the fourth-wall breaking, pithy, sometimes hero with the dilemma all of their realities face if they do not stand up to… well, themself. Filled with insane action, goofy slapstick comedy and bullets, Deadpool kills Deadpool issue one has a lot that I think fans of the character and previous work in the series (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated etc) will enjoy thoroughly.
Cullen Bunn has produced some of my favorite comics work such as the current series Helheim and the graphic novel The Tooth with Matt Kindt, and his work is zany, outrageous, packed with intense action and original. A lot of Bunn’s Marvel work I have not been exposed to however and I’m happy to say that he brings all his strengths for vicious fight scenes and insane plots to the table here in this particular new Deadpool mini. He captures the voice well and makes Wade a joy to read as he blasts villains away with a spray of bullets all the while flailing about verbally like a demented Spider-Man. The story is fairly simply, multiple universe Deadpools gang up to fight another Deapool trying to slaughter them all for reasons unknown, but it is its simplicity that makes it such a fun ride. Bunn’s sense of humour is a great fit for this title and an argument that Deadpool has with himself in regards to proper grammar is a really funny display of the fun he clearly has writing Wade.
Working on the art is the team of Salva Espin on art and Veronica Gandini on Colours and they are a perfect combo for what the book calls for. Gore and violence find themselves at home in the Deadpool Kills series and there is no shortage of either in this newest volume. The character designs of a female Deadpool, Dogpool, Kidpool and others are hilarious and crafted really well artistically in a way that compliments their features and doesn’t just get them lost in a slew of Deadpools all fighting at once. The final page features one of my favorite Marvel characters designed specifically for this wacky book and this reveal really made the book for me. A great blend of a goofy story beat meeting a hilarious visual interpretation.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool is exactly what you would expect based on the title and the team of Cullen Bunn, Salva Espin and Veronica Gandini produce a solid comic that will only get crazier from here.
Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician, podcaster and Wednesday Warrior
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