Despicable Deadpool Vol. 1 | Review

This title brought about a strange collection of feelings for me. I would have liked to have written a “Look Deeper” post about it, but I may need to separate myself from it a little more before being able to do that. As of right now the dominant feeling this book has brought forth is… unease, and discomfort. Were that unintentional I think it would be a horrible misfire, but I’m not sure it is. In fact, I’m 99% sure it is intentional.

Author Gerry Duggan has, during his tenure, made Deadpool a family man, a publicly celebrated hero, an regular team-up of Spider-Man, and — above all else — an Avenger. But during the Secret Empire arc Deadpool did what every good soldier does: he followed orders, even though those orders were given by a Steve Rogers under the control of Hydra. Deadpool fell the farthest after Secret Empire because he had risen the highest, so now his previously-normal level of low seems even lower.

It is in this state that we find him, having had to make a deal with Stryfe to save his family’s life and now in his debt. Stryfe has a hitlist of 4 names he’s going to call on Deadpool to kill, and this book deals with the first of those: Cable.

Despicable Deadpool Vol. 1The book seems far too drawn out. It covers five issues, Despicable Deadpool #287-291, but honestly feels like it could have been done in one or two. I’ve loved everything Duggan has done so far in his Deadpool run but something’s missing here… missing so much that I almost think it’s on me, that there’s some hook or allegory I’m not getting.

I plan on returning to this book to see if I can make something more of it.


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