Register

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.


A password will be e-mailed to you.

Deadpool #19
Written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Art by Declan Shalvey
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Review by Mike Duke

When last we spoke on the subject of Deadpool, I was unconvinced of his sincerity. When the Merc with the Mouth finally felt some sense of loss and sadness, it was hard for me to take seriously. This is partially because the turn happened toward the end of issue #18. In #19, we get a serious Deadpool all the way through, and it actually works. portrait_incredible

The book begins with a quick, one page flashback and then we’re back in North Korea with Captain America, Wolverine, and Deadpool. They’ve split up to deal with different threats, and our pizza-faced hero confronts the villain. Most of the book is spent on this exchange: exposition, flashback, twist, denouement. We get to see some of Deadpool’s origin after escaping the Weapon Plus program, and there are some truly great Wolverine one-liners. And, in a very welcome twist, I found that Preston’s voice in Deadpool’s head served to be an interesting counterpoint to what was happening in-panel instead of just an annoyance. All in all, a very satisfying issue.

Again, the art is a welcome change in this arc. Actually, the whole arc was a welcome change. Declan Shalvey’s art is dynamic when it needs to be, expressive when it needs to be, and detailed when it needs to be. The colors in the issue were also quite good as the flashback pages were all in a kind of blue and orange monochrome that made them look distinct and interesting.

Verdict

Buy it. For issue #18 I said wait and see, and I did, and it was worth it. This is a great arc that will read even better all at once or in trade. It was a definite step away from the formula that this new creative team had established in the previous issues, and in the end it was a welcome one. If you’ve been skeptical about Deadpool so far or you’re looking for a place to start, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a great place to find what you’re looking for.

About The Author

Reviewer
Google+

Mike is a husband, father, writer, gamer, and all around geek. His life’s ambition is to write the fictions, either in film, books, or comics. He is currently working on a couple of comics with artists local to his home in Denver, Colorado, which will be available in 2014. He loves all kinds of games–card, board, video, etc. (including the ones you don’t usually tell your friends you like.) He’s been collecting and reading comics since he was a youngster with some gaps to accommodate for things like kids and no money. His favorite stories include anything 2099, Elseworlds-like superhero arcs, and vintage 90′s Vertigo and Image. When he’s not posting reviews on Talking Comic Books, he’s also not posting his writing on his writing blog, or not writing his comic book, etc.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply