Writer: Skottie Young // Artist: Nic Klein // MARVEL
Decked For Daisies
Introduced as the “Bachelor of Death”, this is probably one of the funniest openings the series has had in a while. Readers are introduced to a parody of a certain reality show, where Wade has a final rose to give out to his enemies. Deadpool is in a room, surrounded by people who would love to act on the deep grudges they hold against him. (Understandably so, because Mercenary work does not necessarily breed allies). The framing device was an interesting way to peer into Wade’s mind and his relationships with the past.
Let’s think about this: he unintentionally became the villain by planting the seed of someone’s hate and disrupting their childhood. Then he figures out that his “good ol’ pal” Weasel actually trained this person to get revenge. It’s almost heartbreaking when you think about “who is left”. Who remains that Wade can trust anymore? Has he caused so much pain that he is irredeemable? Deadpool #14 is a great issue to develop the reader’s empathy towards Wade. The series as a whole is filled with so many quips and surprises I can’t wait to see what other problems our Merc will run into next.
This issue really opens up Deadpool’s heart and mind when it comes to decision-making. I admired what the Young-Klein team did to highlight Deadpool as not only the “Merc with a Mouth” but a beloved Anti-Hero. Though I was impressed by the storytelling this issue, the art this time around drew a slight cringe from me. The visual choices left me a bit disappointed because the usage of shapes and color choices often felt blocky. These were missed opportunities where I felt like the art could have emphasized the comedy aspects. If Wade’s body language had been more visceral in color and construction to pop off the page, it would have done a great deal to draw me in.
What I hope to see for future Deadpool comics is the celebration of that specific Wade Wilson ‘randomness that actually makes sense’. There were some times while reading the series where I felt completely confused as to how the narrative arrived at where it did.
Granted that Wade is the king of random, but here the gags felt like they went for shock value. A situation can go left without it feeling unintentional, and I’m anticipating what the next team cooks up.
8.8 Bloody Flower Knives out of 10
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