"A Murder in Paradise, Part One: Flaw & Disorder"
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Patrick Zircher (p), UDON's M3th (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Plot: When Haji Bin Barat, the world's most wanted terrorist is found murdered, Deadpool decides to alleviate his boredom by investigating this killing, though the people investigating the killing don't exactly welcome his help as he's better known for killing people and causing chaos than his amazing deductive abilities. However, Deadpool is able to use his extra abilities to recreate the path the killer took, and this opens his eyes to the murderer's identity.
Comments: Now I realize that Deadpool has never been presented as the brightest bulb in the box, but on the other hand there's a section in this issue that makes the character out to be a little too slow to recognize that he's been sent off on a wild goose chase. It's a cute idea that he would search the sewer system for bullets, when it's clear that there was no gunplay involved in the murder. Frankly, the joke only works if you're willing to accept the idea that Wade is so dumb that he makes the Rhino look like a Rhodes scholar. Still, rather than get caught up on a little detail, I'll instead move on to the elements of this issue that I found quite enjoyable, as the various reactions that we see to the idea that Deadpool is investigating a murder rather than committing one were pretty amusing. I also love the idea that Deadpool is allowed to breach the fourth wall on occasion so Fabian Nicieza can poke fun at some elements of the story. My favourite moment is the scene which begins to provide the back-story of Pester John, but halfway through Deadpool completely abandons his attempt, and simply admits the real reason why they've decided to look back on Pester John's past. There's also a handful of smile inducing gags in this issue such as Deadpool's fair and balanced interaction with the Muslim community, or his horrifying discovery that the Providence peace loving environment has acted as a magnet for folk signers. The final page revelation about the murderer's identity was also an unexpected plot development that I'm rather looking forward to seeing examined further. Plus this book continues to deliver decidedly enjoyable recap pages, and I wish other Marvel titles would take a page from this series (literally).
Patrick Zircher turns in his usual impressive effort, as he brings a level of detail to the page that can't help but impress. There's also a sense of clarity to his work that makes him a prefect match for this title, which is quite dependent on the art to convey the humour of the visual gags. There's also some lovely big impact images in this issue, from our first look at Deadpool:Private Dick, to the final page where the art helps carry us into the next issue. The art also does some nice work when it comes to delivering the high tech environment of Providence. However, the most important element of the art is its ability to convey the comedy, from the facial reaction of Irene Merryweather when Wade returns from his through investigation of the city sewer system to the bit where Deadpool uses a billboard advertisement to sell the illusion that he's in a rough section of town.
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