It was a no-brainer picking up Deadpool vs Thanos when I saw it perched on the shelf at the comic shop the other day. I grabbed it, almost without thought, satisfied simply that it was a Deadpool title.
Ah Deadpool stories, so many reasons to love them. They’re not your traditional super hero comics, but almost a satirical comedy. Social commentary, quips, one-liners and pop culture references are some of the most prominent features in Deadpool stories. I’m not expecting a mind-blowing experience when I pick up a Deadpool book; I’m just expecting a few good laughs and to forget about the real world for a while. And so it happened with Deadpool Vs Thanos issue 1 of 4.
Part one, From Her to Eternity, is set just before the launch of Marvel NOW! Deadpool Volume 3, and opens on board a spacecraft deep in an unidentified part of the universe. Thanos uses extreme prejudice to lift a curse of immortality he’d placed on Deadpool.
This couldn’t last long though, could it? Especially since we all know that Marvel “killed off” good old Deadpool in May 2015. Anyone worth their weight in backing boards knows that there are still buckets of cash for Marvel to make off the name of Deadpool. And even more so now, with an upcoming solo series set for late 2015, and the film set to launch next February. Did Deadpool’s hardcore fans really wonder how the love triangle between Mistress Death, Thanos and Deadpool was resolved, or was the launch of this miniseries another cash cow just waiting to be milked?
In typical fashion for a Deadpool title, Deadpool Vs Thanos 1, spans a range of settings and points in time, with a lengthy list of characters that were namedropped and featured as part of the story proper. The story offers a bleak premise: Mistress Death has been kidnapped leaving her normal duties of waging death on the universe unfulfilled, resulting in a major imbalance. But its not all doom and gloom when you’ve got a regenerating degenerate on the case. Fans will love the humorous scenes that pepper this book, a confused Deadpool looking to Dr Doom for answers as to why he wont die, Deadpool’s prepping for romantic liaisons with Mistress Death and even an indulgence in Grand Theft Spacecraft. Other treats include the zombies lobbying for equal rights as human beings, and an unnamed assailant’s black costume which features an upside down ‘A’ that points to his crotch, very much in the vein of the classic Spiderwoman costume.
In contrast, there were also a number of panels that offered a look into a surprisingly softer side of certain characters, ones who aren’t particularly known for their tenderness. As the story continues, readers will find themselves teased with images depicting characters that will likely feature in upcoming issues.
What I dug: –
The book is a fun read, with plenty to point and snicker at, including Deadpool calling out Marvel Comics on the front cover, and some fourth wall breakage pretty early on in the comic. Am I the only one who noticed that we twice see money being offered in lieu of a service being rendered? Maybe its just a Marvel thing.
What I didn’t dig: –
Seely’s rough treatment of Dr Doom almost as a gullible rookie on the bottom rung of the crime ladder didn’t do much to facilitate my reconciliation with the writer (more on that later). But then again, that’s just one scene, quite early on in the book, and besides, this is Deadpool we’re talking about so maybe I should loosen up a little?
I bought this comic before discovering the team that wrote or drew it. When I sat down to read and saw the name Seely on the cover, I felt a sense of foreboding. Why did the ol’ spider-sense tingle?
Tim Seely wrote the Guardians of the Galaxy comic Best Story Ever, which left me with an overwhelming sense of being underwhelmed by it. I expected more, much more, naively perhaps, with a title like that. But to err is human and to forgive, divine, so I went ahead and read Deadpool Vs Thanos 1. Have I changed my approach towards anything by Tim Seely after reading this comic? When I try to answer this question, I need to remind myself that this is a Deadpool comic, so, all bets are off. What’s not to like about a satirical anti-hero that doesn’t take his own comic book all that seriously?
Writer – Tim Seeley
Artist – Elmo Bondoc
Colourist – Ruth Redmond