Deadpool #1 Review

Deadpool #1

Writer: Skottie Young / Artist: Nic Klein, Scott Hepburn / Marvel


Our favorite Merc-with-a-Mouth is back with the same machine-gun tongue we’ve missed for so long.There’s no laugh that goes unscathed. There’s no burn without the added salt. This re-entry into the DP universe makes you cringe, face-palm and stare deep into the camera.


The most empowering moments of the comic was when DP gives you the opportunity to indulge in guilt-filled laughter. The powerhouse begins when we meet Deadpool at the movie theater, hopelessly cackling at a hospital death scene during a dramatic movie. I always find this to be extremely dramatic because of his inability to die (except from the small confines of Thanos, the reversal of his healing factor and etc). Deadpool’s consistent breaking of the fourth wall, a crowd pleaser, does not disappear in this recent addition. I feel like the dramatic irony of Deadpool vs Death and Belonging will be a consistent metaphor throughout the series.

In a world that doesn’t look like him, nor accept him in spite of understanding his differences where does our beloved anti-hero fit? When one consistently revamps origin stories in order to make sense of what has been lost, what becomes of the identities that essentially becomes scraps? What I always enjoyed about Deadpool comics is that the humor helped me understand my own desensitization. The gruesome violence or quick jabs doesn’t take away from the genuine pain. It’s fun enough to dive in and heartbreaking enough to laugh at.

Deadpool’s Props and Dialogue

I loved the contrast between the playfulness between the dialogue and the cut-throat artistry on display. I loved that the objects in the scene had just as much character as Wade Wilson. It never over-powered him, it accompanied his character traits. Whether it was blood and guts, or buttery popcorn, the props served as great background music to our protagonist. The characters were also sculpted really well to the point I could almost hear their different voices in my head as if it was a movie in front of me. Yet I would have loved to see the cutthroat jabs played out within the font. This would be able to strengthen the character’s role, and still not take away from the visuals. The font as an added component would be both fun, and visceral.

I would also love to see more linking between Deadpool’s thoughts. Though his character is known to be random and it adds on to his likability, the travel between consciousness needs to be tightened. I loved traveling in-between his soliloquies and hearing him create scenarios. I saw how these scenarios faintly linked together with the loneliness of his condition, which was initially a beautiful add-on. With this, I believe that the writer should take the risks that is there. Either tighten up the linking between DP’s mind or make it so random that it makes the humor jarring. Deadpool presents plenty risks that could be taken. There will be much to gain, from taking the character through that journey.

8 Mercs-without-Mouths out of 10

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  • Khadjiah Johnson is a Caribbean-American writer and humor advocate who uses poetry and comedy as a leverage to empathize and uplift. Her work has taken her to Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, BET, Off-Broadway and many more! She hopes to use her talents to sway her way into the writers room for a Late Night Comedy Show.

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