Comic Review: DEADPOOL #7
Warning, Spoilers Abound!
With their first arc complete, Deadpool writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan stepped into the past for Deadpool #7 — a one off story that embeds the Merc with a Mouth into the tail end of Tony Stark’s Demon in a Bottle phase by way of a demon named Vetis.
This is a debut for Vetis, who will return in Deadpool #8 for Duggan and Posehn’s second, more demon-y, arc, but he doesn’t really add much to this appearance, serving as a low level Mephisto henchman who gets dressed down by his boss when Wade Wilson finds a way around his Faustian deal.
The real star of Deadpool #7 is the journey itself. This is the kind of soft, sugary, somewhat substance-free guilty pleasure that only team Deadpool can pull off, and they pull it off so well.
Really, if you are a longtime Marvel reader and not inclined to feel extremely sensitive and precious about that world, then this qualifies as necessary reading.
Appearances by Peter Parker (who outs himself to an inattentive J. Jonah Jameson and then has an existential crisis with Flash Thompson), Cable, and — obviously — Tony Stark are littered throughout, but to me, Duggan and Posehn’s Power Pack reference deserves all praise and perhaps an order of cheese fries, extorting a genuine laugh out loud moment from of me.
Sadly, some of the references might be something that you miss on first blush, but it’s cool, you own this shit, so go back for seconds in search of other Easter eggs (i.e. Tony Stark’s movie viewing habits, his check book).
Speaking of Easter Eggs, how about Deadpool’s costume? Guest artist Scott Koblish and regular Deadpool colorist Val Staples team up to make this book — every damn inch of it — look like it really was sitting in a bin at Marvel for the last 30 years, but the best thing about this book may be the big time 80’s amalgamation that is Deadpool’s costume. We’re talking rad headband, Daredevil-esque chest emblem, Black Panther cape-let, and some fly swashbuckler boots. Really, they outdid themselves and it’s details like this that help to sell grand concepts like this.
Overall, Deadpool #7 stands out as a memorable trip to the margins of the Marvel Universe that I hope Duggan, Posehn, Koblish, and Staples take again when they re-team for their next singlet in Deadpool #13, but I’m also glad that this isn’t a regular thing, because one could get tired of such empty calories.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Deadpool is available at your local comic shop and on Comixology.