Aug 11, 2015

[Comics] Deadpool Kills Deadpool

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe was a strange, dark tale that certainly pushed creative killing to the limits as our titular "hero" killed hero after hero after hero. And he killed a good number of villains as well. And as much as this felt all well and good as a mini-series that could forever remain as a "What If" sort of scenario, they actually revisited this version of Deadpool in Deadpool: Killustrated and once again in Deadpool Kills Deadpool.

So yes, this title is actual the final book in what they call the Deadpool Killogy (you know, trilogy with kill in it). So we didn't get just one violent title but we got three of them! Ain't that grand?

This time around we had to go full meta and have the darker Deadpool from the first title to decide to kill all the other Deadpools because the plot demanded it. As much as the story certainly had its share of creative reasoning for why Deadpool would do all this, it still felt like a bit of a stretch at the end.

Synopsis: Deadpool Kills Deadpool is the final comic book mini-series title in the "Deadpool Killogy". Once again, the story was written by Cullen Bunn and the series spans four issues.

The title starts in a shocking enough manner - we have a leather-clad Deadpool finally killing Headpool (you know, the head of the zombie version of Deadpool) by exploding the skull in a microwave. But there's no reasoning behind the killing provided at the time - you just see that this is one Deadpool which won't come back with a wisecrack.

Elsewhere, we have our primary Earth-616 Deadpool battling a giant robot. He's a little underclassed until Lady Deadpool and the rest of the Deadpool Corps (sans Headpool) show up to join the battle. But they didn't exactly arrive just to help him - they came to warn him that different Deadpools in the different universes are being killed. And just to demonstrate this point, other Deadpools arrive and manage to kill Dogpool and Golden Age Deadpool. Now the remnants of the Deadpool Corps need to figure out who is trying to kill all the Deadpools across all realities, and their only companion of sorts is an atypical Watcher who had been assigned to observe all the Deadpools across all the universes.

As much as this title is part of the whole trilogy of titles, it did feel like quite the shift since our sort of POV character is now Earth 616 Deadpool instead of the darker Deadpool that started the whole story. And while we like the "main" Deadpool crew, there is that feeling that we didn't have to keep the big villain such a "mystery" since the book is still part of the overall trilogy. It was maybe a surprise to Earth 616 Deadpool and his team, but not to us as readers, at least not by far.

Naturally there's a lot of gratuitous violence in this comic and given we've escalated matters to Deadpools killing other Deadpools, they had to invent some exotic plot device weapons to defeat his healing factor. Thus you get silly things like the generic anti-regeneration ray and dissolving a body with some ridiculously ferocious acid. They were generally good enough gimmicks, but they got boring pretty quickly. Eventually we end up with panels where a bunch of other Deadpools had been killed out of view so as not to bother with more explanations.

I did enjoy some silly variations of Deadpool from the other universes including one who was like Wolveine and a cosmic wise-cracking Galactipool. Yes, a Deadpool version of Galactus. It's totally ridiculous and there's no need to bother explaining it. It just happened and so we read on to see how Deadpool manages to survive the attack.

But like the other books in the series, this title suffers from a pretty simply plot and an eager desire to just show as much death as possible. Sure, our dark Deadpool had some meta-philosophical musings to justify his continued killing spree given his belief about his role in the world, but it's still requires quite the stretch of the imagination. I'm not sure why this series had to become a trilogy at all, but it does have some entertainment value.

Deadpool Kills Deadpool is a rather indulgent story, but it serves its purpose well enough. And at least the shift of focusing on the Deadpool Corps ensured a bit more humor amid all the killing. Thus the book gets 3.5 hacked up Deadpools out of a possible 5.

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