Writer: Kelly Thompson, Pencils: Chris Bachalo, Inks: Tim Townsend and others, Colors: David Curiel, Letters: VC's Joe Sabino.
The following statement is only ever met by either outright anger, or grudging agreement.
I never really liked Deadpool. I know he has a lot of fans, and conceptually, I see what they're trying to do, but it just never really worked for me. Then, a few years back, after being repeatedly badgered to do so by a friend, I picked up Deadpool Volume 1: Dead Presidents, by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn.
Within the space of a couple of months, I'd read the entire 20-something volume run. I laughed, I cried, I strongly (and almost successfully) resisted the urge to vomit. I finally understood Deadpool! Duggan had made me love the masked misfit...
But all good things must come to an end, and eventually, Duggan stepped down. He handed the title over to Skottie Young... I REALLY wanted to like the run. But it just didn't quite feel right. It seems Marvel agreed. As 2019 came to a close, the third writer in as many years put their pen behind Deadpool's unstoppable mouth.
Who was this brave soul, attempting to take on this overwhelming task? Kelly Thompson. Who, some of you may have noticed, is ON FIRE right now.
Not content with producing probably the best Captain Marvel run in years (more on that from me, soon ;)) she's also decided to try and save the unkillable merc with the comic that's always dying.
Well, true believers, I'm here to tell you:
She's NAILED it.
Deadpool #2 is a great start to what promises to be a VERY strong run. Thompson's take on the "Merc with the Mouth" is just as crude, violent and irreverent as you could hope for, but with a deep well of sadness that constantly bubbles just under the surface, as if to remind you that even the people that seem the happiest can need help.
And oh boy, does Wade need help.
Last issue saw him accidentally get himself crowned King of the Monsters, after he killed the previous king. He's now running the new monster kingdom, currently situated on Staten Island. What could go wrong, right?
Oh, I forgot to mention; Professional Monster killer and SMOKIN' HOTTIE Elsa Bloodstone has been hired to kill him.
Also, one small thing. Kraven, son of Kraven, Master Hunter and moustache wearer has decided that Monster Island is to be his private hunting ground.
Oooooh yeah. One last, tiny thing. This issue? America's Ass is here to see him. It doesn't end too well.
The writing in Deadpool #2 is sharp, hilarious, and loaded with references. Both to the history of the character, and to current events. All of this wrapped up within a story that proceeds at a furious pace, without seeming rushed, or lacking in detail.
And speaking of detailed; Bachalo's artwork is just what is needed for this run, bringing all manner of bizarre creatures to life, to entertain and disgust us, as we take this journey. His quirky, cartoonish style is perfect to balance out both the otherworldly, overly bright nature of the residents of Monster Island, and also the darker, grim scenes which inevitably follow Deadpool, wherever he goes. Can't wait to see where Thompson and crew take this!
Deadpool #2 from Marvel Comics, is on sale January 8, 2020.