Review - Deadpool; Volume 1 Dead Presidents
Review by Paul Fiander
This volume comprises the first 6 issues of the Deadpool run of 2012 to present. It is available in both print and digital from Marvel comics. Follow this link for more details.
When a necromancer wants to clean up the US of A he turns to the leaders of the past. The trouble is he decides to choose the leaders of the long past and resurrects a huge number of past leaders and they do not share his dream of a cleaned up country. Instead they desire to wipe the country clean and start all over again. Standing in their way is S.H.E.I.L.D. but thanks to the way the citizenship views their past leaders they are reluctant to send up their “heroes” against the beloved figures. In a spark of inspiration Agent Preston decides to call the one man who can get the job done but has no reputation to smear. With Deadpool on the Job you can be sure this book will entertain but how well does it accomplish the task.
In a word “perfectly” the tone of the story is totally over the top as Deadpool takes on Lincoln, Ford, Reagan and more Presidents than I can name here. The visuals by Tony Moore with Val Staples (on Colours) are bright and glorious as we see the Red’s of Deadpool’s costume mirrored by the gallons of blood spilt over the pages. There are some amazing single images most notably one containing an Elephant and another depicting Abe Lincoln and Wade going toe to toe. True though to the work of Tony Moore the sequential art is as good as the single panels. The fun of the gun and sword play that Deadpool brings are in full evidence and this is not a comic for Kids as the action is far from sanitary.
The dual writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn do a great job giving a voice to the crazed Mercenary, there are a few fourth wall breaking moments. These are used well and at moments that help to make the plot flow from page to page. A huge word of warning this is a puntastic read as the quips flow thick and fast and at times can become distracting. The references to other media are ever present and most are laugh out loud moments, but some may not like the quota on display.
As a self contained story this is great and the ending is fun with a great addition to Deadpool law. If you are new to the series this is a great jumping on point and older readers should love the deeper look into Wade Wilson’s character on top of the action and craziness.
Issue Rating 4.5/5
A Two Cents Thought from Phil
Paul has said everything I was thinking much better than I could have! This volume is a really, really fun read and definitely sets the tone for the rest of the series. There’s humour, slapstick and quirkiness and I loved it. It couples a unique and interesting supporting cast with Deadpool being able to very much hold a conversation with himself and I can’t wait to talk about more of the series.
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