Review: Deadpool #27
There are wedding bells in the air! And you know what that means…AN ANNIVERSARY ISSUE FOR NO REASON! With a hefty $10 price tag, Deadpool #27 should have been a perfect issue, but the numerous side stories bog down a great main story.
The main story by Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan is the highlight of this lengthy issue. I haven’t read Deadpool: the Gauntlet, as I refuse to pay $3.99 for a digital issue each week, but Posehn & Duggan make lapsed readers not feel left out on the fun. Deadpool’s relationship with Shiklah feels genuine, no matter how strange it seems. She works as a nice fold to the new Deadpool that has emerged since “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” We have a Deadpool who is more compassionate and generally more caring of others, even though he still likes to kill people. Posehn & Duggan’s script is very sweet and I found myself a little touched by the ceremony. The humor compliments the sappier moments very well without going overboard, which is the perfect level of humor for a Deadpool book. If this was the only story in the issue, I probably would have given #27 a 4.5/5. The main story alone had the potential to be one of the best Deadpool stories of this volume. But we have the countless other stories.
The big standout from the plethora of short stories is Mark Waid’s story about the Gem of Continuity. I found myself wiping tears from my eyes as Deadpool jumped through continuity and got editors fired. Can Waid do no wrong with Marvel characters these days? Gail Simone, in her first Marvel story ever, writes a great Deadpool. The almost noir style flashback surprised me with how well it worked for the character. The rest of the stories are very hit or miss. Fabian Nicieza’s two stories are ok at best, as is Daniel Way’s story. Marvel could have cut a number of these stories and save the reader a few dollars. That $10 is beyond stupid, and will probably hurt the issue in the long run. I have loved this title since it started, but considered skipping this issue because of the high price tag. I normally try not to let price affect the score of a comic, but every story needed to be great to warrant the $10 price in this case. And since that wasn’t the case, it will affect the score.
Mike Hawthorne’s pencils on the main title are as strong as they have been on this title. I like the subtle facial movements that Hawthorne adds to Deadpool’s mask, such as smiling when he sees Shiklah for the first time in the issue. While Deadpool’s eyes look a little dead, there is clearly love behind them when he is reciting his vows to Shiklah. Carlos Barberi turns out the weakest artwork in the bunch. I haven’t seen him on a book in months but his pencils look quite rushed. I’m not sure who did the Savage Land story, as Marvel wrongly listed the credits on that story. It is the artist from Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth.
Deadpool #27 is a good issue, but I would wait a week or two and get it cheaper from comiXology.
Deadpool #27 gets 3.5/5.
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