Review: Deadpool #49, “Evil Deadpool” Concludes

Deadpool #49
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Salva Espin with Scott Koblish, Colors by Guru eFX

After several months, Daniel Way’s “Evil Deadpool” storyline concludes, revealing even more about the Merc With a Mouth’s character and setting the stage for Deadpool #50‘s “Dead” story arc.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I’m sure you’ve all been asking yourselves, “How can there be an ‘Evil Deadpool’ if the original Deadpool is an assassin who was originally a villain?”  [They totally weren’t asking themselves that at all, dude.]  

The explanation, of course,  is that the real Deadpool doesn’t like killing people and never really did.  He wanted to be a hero.  The Evil Deadpool, however, had no remorse when it came to flying a plane into a New York City bridge or blowing up a New Jersey taco shack.  [Eh…It’s Jersey.  That one’s forgivable.]  


Anyways, the Evil Deadpool’s intention, it turns out, was to show Wade that no matter what he does or how many people he saves, the public will always see him for his actions as an assassin and fear him.  Wade already knows that, though, and informs his evil clone that the only thing he sees when he looks at him are all of the parts of himself that he wanted to kill everytime he’s tried to kill himself (Which, remember, is impossible because Deadpool is cursed with immortality and has a healing factor like Wolverine’s).

 The previous paragraph is basically the motive behind this entire story arc.  Does it work?  Sure.  It’s a serious plot point baked into a cake of slapstick and irreverence.  That’s how this book works, and it’s how the character works best.  It’s also why Daniel Way has successfully done 50 issues of this book.

Let’s hope Deadpool (the book and the character) are still around after “Dead.”  This is still one of the most consistently enjoyable books on the market.

STORY: 8/10
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.