DEADPOOL #5, available in comic book stores on Wednesday, June 10th, brings readers a story of monstrous proportions (which is saying something for the newly crowned King of Monsters). After soundly defeating Kraven the Hunter last issue, Deadpool decides to let his subjects enjoy themselves in the ocean off the coast of Staten Island. But when a Godzilla-sized lizard named Smash Smash escapes from the Island, the people of Manhattan could pay the price.
With Smash Smash making waves on his way to the city, Deadpool and Elsa Bloodstone desperately search for a way to arrive before the monster can destroy anything. Fortunately, Night Wolf suggests the quickest yet grossest solution: teleportation via the monster Hurl’s special pink goo.
Upon arriving mostly unharmed (aside from the disgusting transport vehicle), the two heroes and Jeffrey confront Smash Smash. Deadpool makes it clear he does not want to kill the monster; he feels the weight of his new responsibilities as King of the Monsters and wants to care for his subjects. But when Smash Smash makes it clear he wants to create explosions within the city, our hero may have to make some tough decisions.
Kelly Thompson’s writing is as funny as ever, yet finds a way to fill the narrative with just enough heart. We feel Deadpool’s existential angst over his identity as he tries to avoid killing anyone, a quality he feels has defined him as a character for far too long.
Gerardo Sandoval’s penciling and Victor Nava’s ink work provide awesome illustrations of our heroes and the mighty Smash Smash as he wreaks havoc on the sleek, clean New York buildings. This is coupled with Chris Sotomayor’s coloring, which contrasts the bright reds of Deadpool and with Smash Smash’s earthy tones. And VC’s Joe Sabino’s lettering completes the ensemble by matching the color of character dialogue boxes to their own hues.
DEADPOOL #5 is one of the most engaging issues yet in the new line of Deadpool comics. Our hearts laugh, cry, and continually question Deadpool’s sanity as he and Elsa attempt to save Manhattan.
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