ADVANCE REVIEW: Spider-Man/Deadpool #1

Written by: Joe Kelly

Art by: Ed McGuinness (Penciler), Mark Morales (Inker), and Jason Keith (Color Artist)

Publisher: Marvel

Is there a Marvel character more currently popular  than Deadpool? Sure, the wise-cracking mercenary has always been a favorite, but the soon-to-be-released Ryan Reynolds movie is cranking up that hype factor even more. To be fair, Deadpool is popular for more reasons than a movie given his stellar history of comics, and no issues are more popular than those that include Spider-Man. The two characters have a rich history together that includes multiple comic appearances, as well as video games and TV shows. Deadpool switches his moral allegiances during all of these collaborations, but one thing remains constant throughout—Spider-Man’s hatred of the Merc with a Mouth.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 isn’t your average superhero team up, but that’s mostly because of the in-fighting and sexual innuendo. Too bad for Spidey, because all Deadpool wants is to hang out and learn about properly being a hero. Hell, the artist formerly known as Wade Wilson even went so far as to create a custom moral compass to help him in life and make him more appealing to Peter Parker. Granted, Wilson’s hugs and changes in personality just don’t reach Parker’s feelings because the web slinger spends most of the issue getting mad at him, but at least he tries. Actually, the constant arguing between the two characters is very entertaining, especially when it incorporates Deadpool’s healing factor.

This obsession with becoming Parker’s best friend in life is the foundation on which Spider-Man/Deadpool is built. Basically, Deadpool has a problem that needs fixing, and he chooses to ask Spider-Man for help instead of calling the Avengers. You would think that it might be easier to take advantage of a super group that includes nigh-invulnerable heroes, but Deadpool doesn’t make anything easy. Deadpool actually tries to make his confrontations with enemies much harder, which makes this first issue way more entertaining. Why fight enemies with appropriate weapons when a gun named “Larry” will do the trick? Seems reasonable.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 starts out in hilarious fashion and only gets better as the issue goes on. Joe Kelly’s history with Deadpool is evident as soon as you read the opening panel. The jokes and never-ending commentary just flow from the comic without feeling forced. Not many comics elicit outright laughter, but this first issue does just that. Kelly constantly peppers the ridiculous situations with references to modern pop culture and strange comments. It’s fantastic.

Of course, you can’t have a great comic story without stellar artists. Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Jason Keith combine to make some beautiful art that can actually be disturbing at times. Deadpool’s healing factor gives artists a new playground to work with, and this comic team takes full advantage. The art is so well done in this comic that some of Deadpool’s…let’s call them injuries…actually make you uncomfortable at times.

It’s hard to beat a well-written comic with a lot of humor and disturbingly beautiful art. The mouthy character is headed for ridiculous amounts of popularity, so now is the perfect time to jump on the Deadpool bandwagon. Go pick up the very entertaining Spider-Man/Deadpool #1. 

PSA: Marvel also throws in a solid issue about Vision as a free bonus for those that purchase Spider-Man/Deadpool #1. That seems like a pretty good deal.