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Issue Rating 4.5/5
When it comes to Zombie comics there is one undisputed king The Walking Dead but when it comes to fourth wall breaking loudmouth mercenary’s Deadpool reigns supreme in the comic and entertainment world. Night of the Living Deadpool is a look at the world of zombies as well as commentary on the real world through the eyes of one of Marvels most divisive properties.
Deadpool is a very flexible character thanks to his abilities he can be a menace but it is the off the wall humour that really helps him come to life. At the helm of this book is Cullen Bunn on story and Ramon Rosanas on art.
Bunn is a top writer and he seems to have an affinity for Deadpool the jokes are crass but extremely well timed and you cannot help but smile as Deadpool tries to remember all the warning signs of the zombie apocalypse among other thoughts whirling through his head. The plot is mostly typical survival fare but that is kind of the point.
Artistically speaking Rosanas does a great job in making Deadpool the focus of each panel he is in. Whether it’s in the coloured or black and white sequences your eye is always drawn to the man in red. The zombie models are brilliantly drawn; at times you can see the musculature and bone structure of many of the creatures giving the art a touch of reality in another wise crazy plane of existence. The real triumph though is the dismemberment; the wonderful thing about zombies is no one cares if you decapitate them. There are no save the Zombie pressure groups and so in this run we can get to see Deadpool go to town with his guns and Katana’s. It’s great to see but does put this book firmly in the adult category.
From the very title you can tell this is a parody and you can notice the references to other zombie related properties throughout. From Deadpool trying to ride a horse to escape zombies, to being cornered by a slowly advancing group of the undead nothing is sacred. Overall though this is a fun ride through a Zombie apocalypse but that mostly comes down to Deadpool and the irrelevant humour given to him by Cullen Bunn.
There are some variant cover pieces at the end of the four supplied issues. These are great but one by Francesco Francavilla really steals the show in my opinion. His art is great but a completely different tone to the internals created by Rosanas. He also get Bunn’s pitch for the story, if you are looking to get into comic writing being able to read a winning idea could be very handy. We also get a few pages showing the way Rosanas goes about creating the art in the book. It’s technical but you can really see the work that goes into the process to create a finished article as smooth as this.
If you are a fan of Deadpool and why wouldn’t you be then this is a great series, however is you are a newbie in the ways of the mask wearing mercenary then this is a perfect way to get into one of the most colourful characters in the world of Marvel.
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