Monday, October 3, 2016

Deadpool #18 Review

Til’ Death Do Us Part
Written by: Gerry Duggan
Art by: Mike Hawthorne, Brian Level, Terry Pallot, Jordie Bellaire and Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray

Well I’ll start off by stating the obvious. This review is late, so I’m going to get straight to the meat and cheese as we call it around it here, not wasting a whole lot of time on a catchy introductions.  Without further ado let’s see how things are going for the Merc with a Mouth, at home where he puts his feet up as well as in the bedroom, because really who doesn’t love a good reality show … especially with a little super hero flavor mixed in for good measure.

If you recall, at the end of last issue, Deadpool discovered that after a long hard day of work his wife was “stepping out” on him with none other than Werewolf by Night ... who head Deadpool then blew off!  This story picks up in the aftermath of this latest turn of events, as Deadpool and Shiklah have an argument regarding the boundaries of their marriage.  
The two love birds fail to find common ground leading to exactly the type of giant domestic disturbance one would expect between Deadpool and the Queen of Monsters. Things wrap up with Deadpool booted out of la casa de Shiklah, after suffering a humiliating girl power ass kicking, which includes a no expenses paid trip to a hotel room of his choice.

Deadpool retreats, with a broken heart and ego, to a busted up Avengers mansion he funds. Here he finally finds a friend in Rouge, apparently on the hunt for things to pawn from the looks of it.  The two fellow Avengers/mutants share a couple of touching moments as Deadpool allows Rouge a rare glimpse into his psyche he’s granted few other friends.  
This is a huge character moment for Deadpool as he reveals that he has a daughter, asking Rouge to look out for her if anything should happen, while also spilling the beans about his greatest fear, Mapcap’s return.   
I come to Deadpool for good art, a few laughs, and of course toilet humor but don’t hate at all when and if it ends up being more than that. Things rarely come up “Milhouse” for Deadpool and I find it interesting to see the choices and actions that result from the path he has chosen. As the latest volume of Deadpool wraps up I have to say I have enjoyed seeing how the character with a bloodthirsty reputation has progressed as a true hero to this point and look forward to following his journey further. 
Really about all we got this issue is a giant couple fight ending in Deadpool’s broken heart, some mutant bonding time, and a little tease of the eminent return of Madcap.  While it all sounds a little too touching to be included into a Deadpool comic book the humor and essence long time Deadpool fans have come to expect is in no way neglected.  
Bits and Pieces:
I imagine it’s not an easy task for a writer to make one of Marvel’s goofiest characters someone you can truly feel for. However that’s exactly what Gerry Duggan is able to do here, with surprisingly great effect, while keeping you anticipating the stories return in Marvel Now.

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