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The first issue of Deadpool with writers Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn teaming up with artist Tony Moore to bring us a new start for the Merc with a Mouth.

What’s strange wit this one was that we open with a fairly sombre and unexpected start….as the first page outline what’s wrong with the world today – poverty, racism, anger – all the stuff we know and that leads us into a satanic ritual being performed.  We soon find out why as a dead president is resurrected just as Captain America arrives to prevent this getting out of hand.  Queue the stars and stripes kicking ass and removing the head of President Truman.  Not the best message to see spread across the front pages and that’s exactly S.H.I.E.L.D.’s take on things too as they get to work on trying to take care of these undead Presidents while saving the reputation of S.H.I.E.L.D. – in steps Deadpool in quite possibly the most absurd entrance you’ll see in a comic….bursting form the within a Godzilla-like monster trashing its way through the city and bizarrely enough Thor appears form inside the monster too.

Cue dead President Number two and we get a head to head between Deadpool and Franklin D. Roosevelt complete with wheelchair…..although that doesn’t stop him being a worthy opponent for Wade.  A lengthy battle sees them end up in the subway and even with the sudden appearance of some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents it’s the third rail that becomes Wade’s true ace card in taking the president down.  The cleanup begins and we see Deadpool’s “Talents” being sought after in the latest war against the undead.  Safe to say Deadpool jumps at the chance and this first issue closes out with him storming Liberty hall in time to see an entire room full of dead Presidents rise up and vote for an all-out attack…..not before kicking Wade’s ass though.

Now I may not have read much of Deadpool in the past but I know enough about him to get how he works and I’ve seen him cameo in enough other titles to know where he’s going to take me.  That being said there was an air of this being a missed opportunity.  I was expecting more from the creative team involved and although it’s an ok start the jokes seem forced in….like a square peg in a round hole.  The cameos seem all but pointless from Captain America, Thor and maybe even that Godzilla-like monster….but maybe the main aim of this was to have fun but even then there should still be enough of a solid story to engage me the reader.

I did like the artwork from Tony Moore and I think he’s a great choice for the character, I just don’t think he’s being challenged enough in this first issue to let me see where this title could lead.  One thing I will say, is that the Marvel App did add something extra to the issue with some fun to be had in the video’s they have on offer.  I’ll keep with this to see how it goes but my hopes have dropped slightly with this one.



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