pew pew, take that me

pew pew, take that me

Short Version: Deadpool does battle with himself.

Long Version: A mysterious figure (who is most definitely Deadpool) is traveling across the multiverse  and doing his best to wipe out every and any other Deadpools he comes across.

Longest Version: Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Salva Espin, this four-issue mini-series is the third installment of the “Deadpool Killogy” (I will probably see this series to the end and pick up the previous arcs just because of how much I loved this pun). The 616 universe Deadpool is joined by the Deadpool Corps, who whisk him away to take part in a mysterious adventure that is probably going to involve a lot of violence and murder.

Deadpool’s blatant disregard for the fourth wall and human life have long kept him in my “top 3 favorite superheroes” list. The list of things he has murdered is quite an expansive one, including a number of the Marvel heroes in some timeline or another as well as the very idea of a story. So, it seems only natural that he would eventually want to take on his greatest foe. Himself. Or, at least, a version of himself.

This review is going to be kind of spoiler-y, but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum

Actually, it would probably be more accurate to say every other version of himself. The plot seems to revolve around a Deadpool from an alternative reality who has taken it upon himself to rid the worlds of all other Deadpools. He sports a menacing new costume that looks like what Deadpool would wear if he were guest starring on a Silent Hill game. In addition to that, he seems to have upgraded his “swords and hand guns” to “chainsaw sword and a laser cannon” (and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that lasers and chainsaws make everything cooler).

Upon entering the 616 universe, he immediately dispatches two of the Deadpool Corps with ruthless efficiency (and no puns or jokes, that’s how you know for sure this is the bad Deadpool). The ease with which this bad Deadpool (going to call him Badpool from now on) does away with the two Deadpool Corps members almost makes it seems like this might be the end for our hero protagonist 616 Deadpool; but he manages to temporarily dispatch of Badpool, in the most creatively violent way, long enough for everyone to escape.

Now, as much as I would love to see the world’s most uniquely violent, nigh-unkillable, completely insane man fight a version of himself; I couldn’t stop thinking about the “high-unkillable” aspect of Deadpool as a character. Maybe he was going to get trapped in a volcano, where he would burn up just as fast as he could regenerate? Or maybe he was going to get launched into deep space, where he would freeze and float aimlessly through the cosmos?

Nope! “Anti-regeneration laser”. That laser gun that Badpool has? It’s specifically kitted out to stop Deadpool’s superb regenerative powers. Which, I suppose if I were preparing to kill someone who is specifically known for being able to shrug off wounds like a mild cold, that’s what I would want as well. It just felt sort of deus ex machina-y.

Buuut, that’s because the central focus of the story isn’t about all of the ways one Deadpool would go about dispatching another Deadpool (although, hey, if anyone wants to have my money thrown at them, that’s the way to do it). At the end of the first issue, we find out that the plot may, in fact, be on a much more cosmic level. Which I’m not sure that I’m okay with. I’m not going to write off the plot based solely on what the end of the first issue looks like, but I’m not going to go into the rest of the series with high hopes for a mind blowing story, either.

The one thing I will say is that the art is awesome! For the most part, it just looks like “standard realistic comic book art”. But, let’s entertain, for a moment, the thought that this “standard realistic comic book art” is the basic free version, available to anyone who so happens to stumble across it. The art in Deadpool Kills Deadpool is like the superior paid version of “standard realistic comic book art”. The version that gives you all the neat little bells and whistles to play with.

So, over all, I enjoyed the first issue of Deadpool Kills Deadpool. I liked it enough to continue buying it (One of the bright sides is that it’s only 4 issues, so even if it turns out to be a flop, it’s not a huge time/money sink), but I’m not going into the series with high hopes. I’m expecting a mediocre story with lots of violence an above average art. If you’re a fan of Deadpool, pick this up, because there’s a lot of hims in this series.

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