Deadpool vs. X-Force #4 Review

Posted September 5, 2014 by Henry Varona in Comic Books

Written by: Duane Swierczynski

Art by: Pepe Larraz

Publisher: Marvel

There was a time, not so long ago, where I absolutely hated Cable. I thought he was stupid and confusing, serving little purpose to my story-devouring needs. Then on a whim I read the beginning of his solo series by Duane Swierczynski. It immediately hooked me and I read the whole series, falling in love with the character with a new-found appreciation for him. At this same time, the series ended, and in the last issue, Swierczynski told a tale of Deadpool secretly saving the day. And sure enough, it was hilarious. That was why I was so excited for the Deadpool vs. X-Force mini-series, which did not disappoint. At the end of the day, the story carried through and Swierczynski made both properties shine, while also making me want to read old Rob Liefeld comics.

Issue four of the series sees Deadpool defending Hitler from time-travelers who seek to kill him. Yes. As he dresses in Nazi garb and takes people out from across the timeline, Cable and X-Force struggle to rectify all of Deadpool’s wrongdoings in time. Eventually arriving in a time where Nazi sentinels rule the world, Cable and X-Force do everything in their power to save time from Deadpool and his nonsense shenanigans. But it’s really those last few pages that make the book worth the price tag alone, as Swierczynski playfully homages the history of the Merc’ with a Mouth.

Duane Swierczynski writes an odd Deadpool. It’s not as directly goofy as many other books can be, but it works very well at creating a good story. Deadpool defending Hitler is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a comic in a long while, especially when he explains that people jump through time to kill him frequently. It makes perfect sense. Even more so, he writes such a dry Cable that it balances Deadpool perfectly, which he is sure to point out. Red Skull Sentinels and Mecha-Confederates are pure joy, and it’s so great to see them brought to life here. But honestly, it’s that super tongue-in-cheek ending that really won me over. Perfect ending to a fun book.

Pepe Larraz does a great job on the book as well. While it could be easy to overlook an artist in a comedy book like this, Larraz demands your attention with his bizarre visuals. He has great range, drawing a very serious and brooding Cable, while his Deadpool is all too pleased with himself. The outfit he comes up with for Nazi Deadpool is one of my favorite alternate looks for the character, being just offensive enough that it should never have seen the light of day. But man, I am so glad it did. Larraz also turns out to be a perfect choice for this series when you hit the end of the book and see how far the characters have come from their Rob Liefeld days.

In the end, Deadpool vs. X-Force 4 is a clean ending to a very fun story. As a fan of Cable, X-Force, and time-travel, I was more than satisfied with the bizarre story that Swierczynski and Larraz came up with. It fits in snugly for Marvel continuity buffs, but is also approachable for casual fans for want to give Deadpool a try. I will happily be buying this in collected form to hand off to my friends in a few months. Go out and give it a shot.

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Henry Varona

Lover of comics, Legos, and movies, Henry Varona is supremely awesome in every way. He spends his days designing his own comics, and his nights dreaming about Chris Hemsworth and Captain Cold.