One broke his mind, the other tries to rip it out.
As a tribute to the awesome mini-series by Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talaji et al…
Be sure to pick up your copies of, at least the second printings, and more likely, the forthcoming trade paperback (said to be available October 31, 2012)!
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #3 and #4 (of 4)
Again, this is a must read for fans of blood, gore and good ole’ Supervillin Killin’ (super hero killin’ too, but that doesn’t rhyme no matter how much it is misspelled)…
Deadpool has gone nuts… or succumed to his nuttiness. Whichever. It doesn’t matter. Either way, everyone in the Marvel Universe is gonna die. No matter how long it takes.
Then, once he is done with all the Marvel Universe(s), he is coming for us…
The fourth wall was broken in the first issue, so it was no surprise that we would see this mini-series end in a very similar way. I liked it. I know some people are calling it the “lazy way” to end the mini, but what were the alternatives? Really? And I am sure writing it this way was no less work than coming up with some other way that people would find a way to complain about.
It needed an ending, and the creators wanted to be immortalized in ink. Period. The End. It may have been done before, it may feel cheesy, but guess what, it was meant to be. Similar to how each of Deadpool’s kills were without mercy, remorse, or hesitation; this book ends - unapologetic - and I commend the creators for it.
I have to say that I enjoyed the 3rd Issue more than the fourth, but that is because I thought the method in which Deadpool killed some of the more “unkillable” characters was a stretch - even for this book. Is Puppetmaster really that powerful? It is one thing to create a “Clay Surfer” - it is quite another to create “puppets” for each of the cosmic entities to be manipulated at the hands of our resident whacko, Deadpool.
While that seemed a bit of a stretch, it was one way to go about checking those characters off his list. Remember, unapologetic…
Back to Issue #3 - The X-Men, and others… but mostly it is the X-Men and Professor X that we are meant to mourn. Clever. Very Clever. I liked how one of the questions I had from Issue #2 was answered, only to be put to rest, very unapologetically. The “others” I referred to were merely to track the progress of Taskmaster - and to give us a glimpse at some of Deadpool’s handy-work.
At the end of Issue #3, Taskmaster discovers Deadpool’s plan - but will he be able to stop him?
Well that is a silly question now isn’t it? Yeah, it is. But the battle in Issue #4 between the two was well worth the build-up - definitely as clever as Professor X’s “final exam”.
I love that we have seen more and more of Man-Thing in recent comics - that character always adds depth to a story - even one as seemingly shallow as a murderous tale of a rampaging madman.
Not to end this on an existential note, but that is what we are left with - life imitating art, and then art ripping the beating heart out of life. No one is safe - not even Frank Castle - okay, maybe the one from Frank Tieri’s Space: Punisher - because that guy is bad-ass. Come to think of it, I would love to this Deadpool vs. that Universe… Talk about unapologetic! The four-armed Hulk could definitely give this Deadpool a run for his healing factor.
Cullen and Frank, do you think we can make that happen? ;)
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1 and #2 (of 4)
This book is a dirty little secret that you really don’t want to enjoy, but you just do. These two issues amass quite a death toll, even for Deadpool. It really is a nice montage of killing - my favorite imagery so far is the result of Howard the Duck’s run-in with our favorite killer… It serves this book and the entire idea perfectly.
The writing is great - the wordplay between the characters is perfect for the tone so clearly set for this book. Deadpool must be such a fun character to write - especially when you get to write him killing everyone in the Marvel Universe.
The battle with Spidey (Issue #2) is one that stands out in my mind. It is so well done, I didn’t want to turn the page, because you just knew it was going to be over for the web-head.
I really enjoy how this book knows exactly what it is, and doesn’t hold back on making fun of itself. When the 4th wall is broken (Issue #1), it was one of the best 4th wall breaks I have experienced in a comic. Bravo.
Some other moments that stand out… let’s see - Deadpools excellent usage of Pym particles… and while entertaining, I am not sure the deaths of Wolverine and Hulk would work the way they were illustrated, but inventive nonetheless (all Issue #2). Issue #1’s ending was great too - it proved that no lines will be left un-crossed!
The second issue ends with a nice twist - I am not sure if it will make any difference, but hey, Deadpool has to run up against some kind of resistance.
Overall, the story is very interesting. It is great to see all these Marvel characters - even if they are dying off like pigs to a slaughter.
My only question - how is this an ongoing series? How is it that these issues don’t have a “of 5” or something after the issue number? I am all for this continuing, but at some point, Wade is going to wake up from his drug induced dream, or at the very least run out of characters to kill… I hope neither of those things happen, at least until he has a go at Galactus!
 - as Vejigante has pointed out (duh, I should read the internet more), this is a 4-issue mini-series. [/edit]
Pick it up - That is if you like gratuitous violence and want to see the untimely deaths of your favorite Marvel characters! :D