As an avid Marvel fan-girl, word of Spider-Man and Deadpool partnering up for their own series sounded incredible. Ever since the first issue’s release in January of this year to the latest release last month, I’ve bought every one. Needless to say, it is incredible. Of course, I’m sure you’re wondering what makes this comic so special, and that’s exactly what this article is all about.
Welcome to my review of Spider-Man/Deadpool: Isn’t it Bromantic?
When you first open the crisp pages to the first issue, you’re given a beautiful visual. Spider-Man and Deadpool are pressing their foreheads so tightly together that their masks practically join into one. The portrait depicts a strong message, to me, showing their rivalry. Most Marvel fans are well aware that this isn’t always the case. In fact, Deadpool is an eager Spider-Man fanboy and wants nothing more than his friendship. Spider-Man, however, wants nothing more than for Deadpool to leave him alone instantly making for a goofy partnership.
Page 1 of this issue shows Spider-Man and Deadpool in a very sticky, pun intended, situation. Deadpool has drug Spider-Man down into Hell, forcing him to help battle against Dormammu, a demon king. Knowing Deadpool, his intentions weren’t the purest, and this was his way of getting the Web Slinger’s attention. While arguing commences between the two, Dormammu can’t help but wonder, “How’d they wind up here?” As both Spidey and Deadpool recall just exactly how they got there, it was evident that it had been the Regenerating Degenerate’s fault. One thing is for sure, don’t get mixed up in a battle with Hydro-Man when a restless mercenary won’t leave you alone.
At this time in the Marvel universe, Peter Parker is the CEO of Parker Industries and Wade Wilson now an Avenger. Peter is struggling to maintain his life as super genius and super spider while Wade struggles to figure out what exactly it takes to be a real hero. This in itself is an excellent set-up and a smart place for the two heroes to meet for their bromance series.
Without spoiling too much of the storyline, which is mostly about Deadpool trying to befriend the Spider while tying behind itself a significant plot twist, this on-going series is everything I was hoping it would be.
The visuals put together by Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Jason Keith are spectacular and at most times hilarious. Each panel is unique to both characters and every expression fit perfectly with precise moments. Using the artist’s expertise, you can see everything from the glow of a screen on a monitor, to sewage waste on a super suit. For fitting so much on a single page, the comics don’t feel so tight or awkward to read. The colors used are vibrant and are often changed just by the surrounding or hues shown in a panel. Some colors may have been more prominent than others, but nothing is misplaced. It may come as a surprise, but the comics aren’t as red as you’d assume. Aesthetically, this novel is pleasing.
Writer, Joe Kelly, hasn’t missed a single beat when it comes to Deadpool’s dialogue and constant fourth wall breaking. Keeping their world aligned with ours, he’s even made some relevant references. Catching Deadpool using smartphone apps to decide what to do in a given situation and comparing his line of work to Uber, these references put a smile on my face. Also, whether they recognized it or not, the usage of Deadpool’s regenerating baby hand was laughable and comes with perfect timing. However, the humor wasn’t the only refreshing factor in this series. We get to explore some depth within Deadpool. We see his softer side, especially when it comes to his idol, the man in red and blue spandex. The infamous Merc with a Mouth has a vulnerable side to him and is desperate to prove himself worthy of Spider-Man’s respect. Very desperate.
There is a lot more I could write, I could give a play by play of each issue to be truthful. The continuation of the series seems to be stemming toward darker concepts, and although generally funny; it doesn’t take away from the wittiest of Marvel’s heroes. They maintain their clever quips and somehow manage to still ride along a serious plot. It is worth the purchase and worth it to keep reading as the series continues. Three issues are currently published and already in stores. The fourth issue releases this month, April 13th. I won’t lie; I already have it pre-ordered. I am looking forward to seeing this plot-line thicken and to see just how much The Merc and The Spider will really get to know each other.