I have to start this post with a truth: I’ve been tightening my belt recently. I’ve had to let a couple of monthly titles go, like Kevin Smith’s Bionic Man. It just wasn’t the same without Kev at the helm.
And honestly, the Marvel NOW! relaunch of Deadpool was originally one of the cut titles. I figured it was best not to start a new title when I was trying to cut a few from my pull. But the thing is, I kept thinking about the storyline.
A mysterious (and oddly patriotic) necromancer has decided he doesn’t like the direction the United States has taken, and he wants to save it. What better way than to slaughter an unblemished lamb and perform black magic rituals to resurrect the former presidents of the U.S.?
Of course, the plan backfires and the presidents return as super-powered zombies bent on destroying the world. Enter Deadpool. He was sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. to clean up the mess that they didn’t want any Avenger touching. I mean, could you imagine what would happen if Cap was caught severing the heads of ex-presidents?
SPOILER: Pick this book up, and you won’t have to imagine it.
It’s not the typical Marvel fare, which may be why I found myself so drawn to the title. I have read bits and pieces of Deadpool here and there, most recently Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, and I’m a fan of Deadpool’s character style and personality. So, put a creative team like comedians Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and artist Tony Moore behind the scenes of this one and you’ve got a creative confluence of great proportions.
Not to mention that Julie at Comic Paradise Plus pulled the title for me after I got my monthlies on Wednesday. I just so happened to roll in for bags and boards today, and she enlightened me. I had a few extra bucks, so I picked it up.
Great choice. It has exactly what I would expect Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth” to have: clever dialogue, ridiculous storyline, intense action, a fair amount of gore (something that Marvel still doesn’t do quite enough of outside Marvel Zombies), and glowing super-strong undead FDR.
Needless to say, this one is staying on my list, at least through this story arc. Honestly, it’s just because I want to see Moore draw the crazy zombie president deaths that Posehn and Duggan are dreaming up. Is that so wrong?