Rating: 5/5 – The Merc with a Mouth is the new Spider-Man (well not really).
by guest reviewer Kevyn Knox.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I will pretty much buy, read, and like anything that involves Deadpool. So it should come as no real surprise that I enjoyed this second Deadpool annual as much as I did. Which is a lot actually. Even though the annual (as is usually the case) is not written by regular series writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, the fun style they have injected into the character’s fourth wall demolishing Merc with a Mouth, is still quite evident in Christopher Hastings’ writing. And hey, this time we get Spider-Man along for the ride. And the real Spidey this time, not that Doc Ock doppelganger that thinks he is so damn superior. But hey, I’m rambling. See what Deadpool does to a guy. Anyhoo, let’s get on with the review.
Deadpool has become quite the popular guy these days. His first appearance (New Mutants #98) can, and has, gone for well over a hundred clams on eBay. Deadpool is the man, as evidenced by the 63 or so Deadpool mini-series out every coupla months, to go along with his regular title at Marvel. Oddly enough, even though the character seems to be big man on campus these days, sales of his series seem to consistently hover only around the 25th spot or so. But then again, there just ain’t no explaining Deadpool. He’s sorta one of a kind in his attitude. Yeah, I know there’s that Deathstroke guy over at DC, and his name is Slade Wilson, as opposed to Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, but we’re just going to ignore that guy, and move on.
As for Deadpool Annual #2, and I do love anything Deadpool, writer Christopher Hastings, mostly known for his webcomic, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, and artist Jacopo Camagni, who drew the Hastings written mini-series, Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe, is another fun Deadpool caper, full of all the mirth and mayhem we’ve come to expect from the unkillable killing machine. This time we get to see him team up with everybody’s favorite web-slinger, and even don Spidey’s outfit to go after the bad guy. The interactions between Deadpool and pretty much everyone he comes in contact with are a thing of bantering beauty in his regular series and Hastings keeps the so-called ball rolling in this Mighty Marvel Team-Up. He keeps the character just as gleefully annoying, as wonderfully insufferable as ever. Have I mentioned how much I love anything Deadpool? I did? Oh, okay. So there ya have it.
Reviewed by: Kevyn Knox