Writers: Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan
Artists: Tony Moore
I have been a Deadpool fan for a number of years and so far this has been one of the best series' I've ever read. Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan have done an amazing job on this series and I love how they've taken Deadpool in a different and better direction.
This issue sees Deadpool and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Preston visit Doctor Strange to ask for his help with their Necromancy problem. Strange initially tells them to go away thinking they're not serious but once realising they are decides to help. Also in this issue Deadpool faces George Washington, Gerald Ford, and Abraham Lincoln together and Richard Nixon after that.
This was another amazing issue and I can't believe how good this series has been so far. I totally understand that the series isn't to everyone's taste and that some might find it too silly, but I've been thoroughly enjoying it and the silliness is one of the things I've liked so much about the series. Posehn and Duggan have done a tremendous job in this series and I love how they've been able to keep the series very funny, whilst developing a brilliant story, and giving us some great cameo appearances. I've also loved how they've been able to put, comedy, magic and zombies together perfectly in this issue and how everything feels like it's meant to be there, and doesn't feel forced in.
Tony Moore's art has been truly stunning throughout this series. His art really suits this series and I love how he everything look cool and exciting, which is what you need in a Deadpool comic. I also love how he puts so much gore into his art, and whether it's the undead presidents or Deadpool that's getting cut up, he doesn't scrimp on the gore. I also like how he's handled adding Strange to the issue, and how he's been able to show Strange's magic a lot more unique and clearer than the magical vibe that hangs around the zombies. I've said this in previous reviews, but the way he's been able to take some of America's most historic figures in the form of these undead presidents and make them look like they did whilst living, but also look zombie like is amazing. The detail throughout his art is also brilliant as with everything that's going on you'd expect the odd imperfect background or person in the distance but not in Moore's art. He put's detail into everything and I'm happy about that.
This issue sees Deadpool break the fourth wall for the first time this series. For newer readers or fans Deadpool has been famous over the years for breaking the fourth wall, and talking to the reader. The reason behind him breaking the fourth wall was apparently due to Loki telling him that he was a comic book character in Deadpool #45, I think, but as that was a Deadpool book and that it was Loki telling him this it doesn't necessarily mean that Loki knows this, and that Loki might never have been there at all. Anyway breaking the fourth wall has been a big thing and I have enjoyed seeing it over the years, so for it to feature in this issue, showing that it's still there is a good thing. I also loved how no one around him, including the ghost of Benjamin Franklin, who might just be a figment of Deadpool's imagination, don't know who he's talking to. The way Deadpool reacted to this saying that, "it's too hard to explain in one panel," was also a nice touch.
Doctor Strange featuring in this issue was also nice, and I liked how he was handled in a way that wouldn't overly affect the tone of this series. I also liked how Posehn and Duggan didn't write what spells Strange used like Brian Michael Bendis did in New Avengers, as although that was good in that series I think it would confuse people who are simply Deadpool fans. I also liked how we saw a funnier side to Dr. Strange, and although this isn't the way the character usually is, if he was as series as he is in other series it would take the light humoured mood out of the issue. He also made a remark towards Benjamin Franklin in this issue which widens the question to whether Franklin in a ghost or is he just in Deadpool's head, and is Strange only saying this in case he's there.
I love how this series Deadpool keeps cracking jokes and whether you love it or hate it its' what should be in a Deadpool comic. Fair enough there have been a couple of times in previous issues where I've thought he's told too many or said a joke that's not good, but that's who Deadpool is, and this issue I liked the jokes. There were two I liked in particular but one wasn't really a joke. The first one, which is the one that's not really a joke, was when he said, "I can't wait to pound that Dick," referring to Richard Nixon, then asking Dr. Strange if he has a spell to undo what he said. The other joke I liked was when Deapool comes through Dr. Strange's portal and asks Washington what time it is, but I won't spoil the punch line, and if you defiantly don't wan't it spoiled don't enlarge the picture on the left.
The fights in this issue were also very good and I liked how Deadpool didn't face one president in this issue, but four. Although Lincoln didn't really do much Deapool still had to content with Washington and Ford, and seeing these two presidents fighting together was very fun. The main fight between Deadpool and Nixon was also very good and I'm not to sure which one I preferred. Although I loved how he kept running his mouth during both fights, constantly making witty remarks I probably preferred the comments he made during the Nixon fight. It's also been interesting seeing all these undead presidents with superhuman strength, which also makes them a more worthy foe than they would have been if they were simply presidents. I also liked how some of the presidents are still bitter about things that happened when they were alive, like Lincoln complaining about John Wilkes Booth, and Nixon outraged to be at Watergate.
This was another fabulous issue and this is looking to be one of the best Deadpool series ever. It's a very fun series with ton's of jokes, some good, some bad, and full of brilliant action packed fights. I would highly recommend this issue as well as the entire series so far, and am looking forward to the next issue.