Review: Deadpool #48 – The Good, The Bad & The Cloned

Deadpool #48
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Salva Espin [art] and Guru eFX [colors] 

For the past few months, Deadpool has been dealing with his own personal clone saga involving a renegade, evil doppelganger composed of discarded body parts from the OG Deadpool.  [Let’s see Peter Parker get a clone like THAT.]  As a result of the mayhem created by the Evil Deadpool, Captain America became involved once he became convinced that Deadpool had finally crossed the line and become an all-out terrorist.

Which leads us to this issue.  Trying to destroy his own reputation before his evil copy could, Deadpool kidnapped a kid and held him hostage in Times Square, knowing that this would likely draw out his twin (and Captain America) so that he could clear his name.  Evil Deadpool had plans of his own — kidnapping Police Chief Pratchett’s kids for Mr. Negative and holding them hostage at an undisclosed location.


Aside from furthering the game of cat-and-mouse between the two, this plot point has given Daniel Way a chance to play with some characters from Amazing Spider-Man for the past two issues — including J. Jonah Jameson and the aforementioned Chief Pratchett and Mr. Negative — and he does it well.  Deadpool #48 also introduces a new character, the tetraplegic [That’s like Stephen Hawking, right?] Senior Interpol Commissioner Kemp.  Just when you think you know the limits of Way’s Deadpool, he introduces a foul-mouthed [or is that foul-speech-programmed?], wheelchair-bound woman of the law.

[Do those even exist in real life?]

Shut up.  It’s a comic book.

With the teasers that have been released recently, it’s become clear that the “Deadpool Vs. Evil Deadpool” storyline is leading into Deadpool #50 and the upcoming “Dead” storyline, culminating the past year’s worth of stories of Deadpool trying to finally feel death.  Perhaps next issue, Wade will get an idea on how to die from figuring out how to kill his evil twin.  Or maybe not.

Story: 7.5/10
Art: 8/10

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Roger Riddell
Roger Riddell
Essentially Peter Parker with all the charm of Wolverine, he's a DC-based B2B journalist who occasionally writes about music and pop culture in his free time. His love for comics, metal, and videogames has also landed him gigs writing for the A.V. Club, Comic Book Resources, and Louisville Magazine. Keep him away from the whiskey, and don't ask him how much he hates the Spider-Man movies unless you're ready to hear about his overarching plot for a six-film series that would put the Dark Knight trilogy to shame.