Evil Deadpool. It's a pretty silly concept, particularly since Deadpool started out as villain. My hope going into this major arc was that Daniel Way would embrace the face-value silliness of his own creation. So far, he has managed to balance a meaningful stories with all the absurdity you'd expect from everyone's favorite off-kilter anti-hero.
The Deadpool with two right arms has actually been sort of refreshing, reminding me of the violent, more morally ambiguous Wade Wilson of the '90s. Under the writing of Way, the talkative mercenary has softened even more so than under Joe Kelly, and aside from the explosions, stabbings and sexual innuendos the title feels like it's about Archie's best friend Jughead. The appearance and role of Captain America bolsters the value of this read as it's very cool to see ol' A-head finally deciding that enough's enough and tracking down our hero to put an end to his antics. Way's scripts are starting to feel like they have the arc to arc cohesiveness the first dozen or so issue had; for awhile there, with the vampire stories and adventures in space, I felt like I was reading Deadpool Team-Up again.
This arc, which I assume will last two more issues (plus a Point One) before the celebratory Deadpool #50, has been helmed by newcomer to the series Salva Espin who has established himself as a worthy participant in the mythos of Deadpool. His style runs a bit more clownish than most traditional talents working for major comics, but that totally compliments the character and tone. Without doing too much Espin's approach feels fresh and invigorating. My only qualm is how he draws eyes on people with expressions of surprise. It's freakin' weird.
Currently Deadpool has an energy it has lacked for awhile. The presence of the Marvel Universe runs strong, with notable name drops and appearances of popular characters in the last handful of issues. This issue in particular manages to callback to some of the strengths in the earlier portions of the series: crazy cameos and ruthless humor.
"Evil Deadpool" is fun, violent and manages to do some character work too. A great jumping on point before the probably awesome "Dead" storyline.
Jamil Scalese is just like you — an avid comics fan and lover of sequential art. Residing in Pittsburgh, PA, he is an unapologetic Deadpool fan, lover of the Food Network and proud member of Steelers Nation.