Well I did it, to be honest I did it a while ago but haven’t gotten around to writing a review until now. What did I do you ask? Well, I read some Deadpool comics! If the title of this post didn’t alert you to that fact, now you know! I was incredibly excited to pick up a collection of Deadpool comics and work my way through it. It honestly took me about 3 days to finish the whole thing, which was about 400 pages, but I am not complaining.
Title: Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Author: Daniel Way
Illustrator: Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo G. Barberi, Bong Dazo
Genre: Comic Book
When the Merc with a Mouth is hired to kill Wolverine, sparks will fly! How can either one finish off his foe when both men regenerate any wound in minutes? Then the Skrulls have infiltrated Earth, but no one warned these aliens about Deadpool! They replicate his healing factor to create Super-Skrulls, but why is Deadpool leading this brigade? Finally, when Norman Osborn double-crosses Deadpool, the merc unleashes a full-on assault against Avengers tower! Norman pulls out all the stops and deploys his new team of black-ops Thunderbolts!
For my first journey into Deadpool and Marvel comics I really enjoyed this one. For starters I really felt like I got a lot for my money. I mean, honestly, comics are not cheap. When you are buying individual issues of a series, or even of multiple series’, the price can really add up. So being able to purchase about 400 pages worth of comics in one go was really a bonus for me, especially because I didn’t know where to start. When reading comics, specifically ones that have been in print for a pretty long time it can be hard to figure out where to start. You could start chronologically and pick up the oldest possible edition, but then, like a lot of comic book characters, their first appearance may not have even been in a stand alone comic series. Deadpool for example, was first written by Daniel way in a Wolverine issue. So, basically I thought buying a whole collection at once was a good way to go.
On to the meat of this review, the actual plot and story. I will be honest you kind of get thrown into it. The first issue is where Deadpool has been hired to kill Wolverine and it’s basically just them fighting and regenerating. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, because I loved it. Wolverine has been my favourite Marvel character for a long time, Deadpool now being a very close second, so getting to see the banter between the two of them was amazing. I enjoyed that in this collection the issues did move chronologically through story arcs. So, if there was a plot line in Deadpool’s story, even if it was conitnued in a comic that wasn’t a Deadpool comic, the plot lines were all kept together so you could read from beginning to end.
I really did enjoy the plot in these books. I mean, Deadpool is pretty insane and gets himself into some pretty crazy situations, so it’s fun to read about how he manages to get himself out of them. I also really loved learning more about his character. Sure, there are some major blanks in who Deadpool is, his history and all that, but that’s part of his character and his interest. He really does come off as this super insane mercenary to all the other characters in the comics. And I love it! One thing I also really love is his commentary. It really gives some insight into why he’s doing what he’s doing and why he acts the way he does.
The art was pretty good. It was typical comic book superhero art to me. I wasn’t totally amazed by it, and there were a few panel here and there that were not my thing, but all in all I think the art was drawn well and really got the point across. Even though the art wasn’t my favourite thing in the world I was really there for the story, and it did not disappoint. I was so interested and it was really funny in places. This was a great starting point to my Deadpool collection and I already have the second volume that I will be working through soon. Overall, a solid collection of comics!