Review: Deadpool #54 – Deadpool is Dead, Long Live Deadpool

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Deadpool #54
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Ale Garza [Penciler], Sean Parsons [Inker], Dommo Sanchez Amara [Colorist]

Deadpool finally gets what he wanted, but does he still want it and is it too late to go back?

After setting off a massive goose chase for a serum that could allegedly negate mutant powers, Deadpool is finally “cured” of his healing factor–but not before some of the most dangerous people in the world find out that he was always aware that the serum only works on him. The serum, as it turns out, is made from DNA samples taken from a lock of Wade’s childhood hair. It even has some unexpected side-effects that are likely to have a huge impact on the character going forward–but I won’t spoil that here.

By altering the character in several ways, Daniel Way has shown his willingness to take a risk and step outside of the traditional Deadpool formula. Deadpool’s new status quo makes a ton of new stories possible, which will hopefully (I’ve got my fingers crossed) allow Daniel Way to stay on the book for another 50 issues.

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Despite what certain people around here have to say about me never having anything bad to say about Deadpool, I stand by my belief that this book has been one of the most consistently fun, leave-your-brain-at-the-door reads on my pull list since I started picking it up four years ago. For anyone willing to put aside their “everything should be super serious and full of meaning” comic book elitism, now is as good a time as any to jump on.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Are you serious? Way hasn’t ‘changed’ Deadpool at all. He’s been rehashing old plot points and bringing nothing new. This was an obvious attempt in a cash in (and it worked, sales spiked, but are now reaching mid to low 20k a month again) and changes nothing except the most shallow stuff.

    To anyone else reading this, no this is not a good time to jump on. Go read classic Deadpool, or Cable & Deadpool.

    Way’s Deadpool is shallow writing (turn off your brain? Like with Transformers 1-3 right? Or the live action GI Joe flick?) with nothing new, original, or even consistent with the character.

    If you’re hopping on to Deadpool with Way for the first time imagine if someone took Bugs Bunny and ‘updated’ him by making him like Cartman from South Park.

    It has little to no connection with the previous incarnation and instead of one style of humor (which is enjoyable) you’re blasted in the face with another completely opposite style of humor that makes little to no sense in context.

    “Leaving your brain at the door” is an excuse for people who like the Phantom Menace and mindless hack and slash video games with no redeeming plot or bring anything new to the table.

    This isn’t Deadpool: Way’s Deadpool is Peter Griffin in a Deadpool suit, but without any sense of timing, originality, pacing/etc.

  2. Are you serious? Way hasn’t ‘changed’ Deadpool at all. He’s been rehashing old plot points and bringing nothing new. This was an obvious attempt in a cash in (and it worked, sales spiked, but are now reaching mid to low 20k a month again) and changes nothing except the most shallow stuff.

    To anyone else reading this, no this is not a good time to jump on. Go read classic Deadpool, or Cable & Deadpool.

    Way’s Deadpool is shallow writing (turn off your brain? Like with Transformers 1-3 right? Or the live action GI Joe flick?) with nothing new, original, or even consistent with the character.

    If you’re hopping on to Deadpool with Way for the first time imagine if someone took Bugs Bunny and ‘updated’ him by making him like Cartman from South Park.

    It has little to no connection with the previous incarnation and instead of one style of humor (which is enjoyable) you’re blasted in the face with another completely opposite style of humor that makes little to no sense in context.

    “Leaving your brain at the door” is an excuse for people who like the Phantom Menace and mindless hack and slash video games with no redeeming plot or bring anything new to the table.

    This isn’t Deadpool: Way’s Deadpool is Peter Griffin in a Deadpool suit, but without any sense of timing, originality, pacing/etc.

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