Boys Will Be Boys
Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Mike Hawthorne, Terry Pallot, & Jordie Bellaire
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray
Deadpool comics are something you either love or despise, there isn’t really a middle ground. A lot of people find the constant jokiness, 4th wall breaking, and frequent awkward situations unappealing. I on the other hand, enjoy things that lack taste, so I don’t mind constantly seeing Deadpool's decaying butt cheeks, and have never been one to turn down a dirty joke. These questionable qualities of mine have for the most part enabled me to enjoy the latest volume of Deadpool and its companion book the Mercs for Money quite a bit. Let’s go further into things here and see if that trend continues as it gets lumped into tie-in status with Civil War II.
Deadpool and the Mercs haven’t been seeing eye to eye with each other so much lately. Naturally, when your boss (Deadpool) tends to pay you $0.00 per hour for your work and soaks up all the credit for himself, things can get sticky around the water cooler very quickly. You hear that Jim?!? So, things kick off this issue with the Mercs running the “Deadpool Asylum” and ransacking the workplace in an attempt to find proof that Deadpool is up to no good. If you’re at all familiar with Deadpool, they are most likely going to find more than they bargained for!
See, the Mercs are convinced, since they haven’t been getting paid, that Deadpool is hiding money or skimming from the business. Their idea is to use any proof they find to get out of their contracts they signed so they can start their own Merc$ for Money business. Not such a terrible plan. However, these five knuckle-headed mercenaries are really only good at one thing and if they aren't working together and saving lives, they have a hard time walking and chewing gum at the same time. Therefore, it seems like a pretty natural progression that we the readers aren’t the only ones that are having doubts this idea isn’t so kosher. In the end, they decide to pursue a deposit box of Deadpool’s in New Jersey since it’s the only lead they have.
We then go to check in on Deadpool during his latest spur of the moment mission. He seems to have gotten the not so bright idea to break into the Ultimates' headquarters at the Triskeleton all in an attempt to kill Ulysses. Now, this doesn’t make much sense to me at all because Deadpool and Ulysses spoke at the end of issue #14. All that happened was Deadpool pretty much ignored Ulysses existence when he introduced himself while also doubting his powers were completely legit in the process. I guess I’ll chalk this one up to just comic book logic and move on, but to me it makes little sense (if I missed something feel free to call me out below).
Once inside the base, Deadpool has a not so surprising change of heart and as he goes to sneak back out, runs smack dab into the Black Panther’s chest little brother style. Ta’Challa isn’t too happy that Deadpool has broken into their headquarter resulting in some mandatory fight time. Deadpool takes a beating at the Wakandian Kings hands, but manages to barely escape in one of the most painful ways humanly imaginable. The trip wasn’t a total fail though as he was able to grab one tidbit of information from his visit with Ulysses. I won't tell you what he finds out, but it sends him high tailing off to New Jersey.
Meanwhile back with the Mercs, they have managed to sneak into the safety deposit room and rummage through ALL the boxes until they discover Deadpool’s things. It seems they found their contracts along with a tape with the words “Washington D.C.” written on it. The issue ends with some revelations involving Deadpool and the Mercs, but also the promise of a big explosion involving the Mercs and Deadpool.
To sum things up, I enjoyed Duggan’s writing and the majority of jokes were well thought out pop culture references. The art team of Mike Hawthorne, Terry Pallot, and Jordie Bellaire was on point with well detailed work throughout the issue and a poster worthy last page. My only bitch is the fact that I think the Civil War between the Mercs and Deadpool himself just feels a tad forced to coincide with the event of the same name.
While the use of Deadpool not paying the mercenaries he’s hired is clever and drives the narrative, I really want this team to stay intact. I have been having a whole lot of fun with the team and to break them apart so soon would be a real shame. Here's to hoping the Civil War II event doesn't change things up too much.