Writer: Cullen Bunn // Artist: Mark Bagley // Marvel
Don’t Go Slicing My Heart
There goes Deadpool, pulling on my heart strings again with the classic slicing and dicing of unworthy humans. Deadpool Assassins #3 begins with where we left off, the casual betrayal from Wade’s friend Weasel. Our Deadpool is going through his days of survival, separating himself from the hurt and trying to rebuild his brand. Then as we know, like every good comic things take a random left turn. (Because what tragic story takes a great right turn at the climax?) I believe that this would have been a great time to highlight the back and forth of whats going on at Weasel’s home versus what’s happening with DP. (That also just might be my petty wants, but I’m here for watching Weasel squeal for betraying his friend).
What I would also have loved to see is Deadpool’s emotional transformation. I believe he had consistent fluctuations in previous issues but this not so much. Considering that disassociation is an actual thing that DP has shown in various versions of his character in the past I won’t find it hard to believe this is what Cullen was going for. I’m not looking for him to be crying his eyes out, but the level of reflection of betrayal is only shown through repetition. There are ways to show it, through fighting styles in the art, dialogue and shadowing of the body.
Lift Every Brush And Sing
The art I will say could have done more in regards to depicting Wade in his reflection. The art is still bright within its murder (much appreciated), but it didn’t feel like it matched. There was shadowing when it came to the revealing of new characters, or in super stealthy scenes (once again much appreciated); at the same time I feel like it is possible to feel betrayed, not show immediate anger or betrayal but move it within body or surroundings. This special has done it in the past, and I would love to see it heightened. The action was still great, and Mark took their type to outline Wade and make him stand out. This often created a sense of loneliness and isolation which is essentially what happened to DP. Great job, but left a bit more for wanting.
8.6 Jazzy Homicides out of 10
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