Just When I Thought I Was Out.....
Deadpool pulls me back in!
My interest in Deadpool has become luke warm for the last little while. I'd grown tired of the lack of direction for the character and the overall meaninglessness of his existence in the Marvel landscape. Don't misunderstand me, it is not as though I had any grand illusions that Deadpool was some major player before. However, Daniel Way's writing of Deadpool himself has always compensated for any lack of direction the title seemed to have. But lately, the writing wasn’t enough to keep me interested. I was one issue away from dropping this title, when issue #40 came along.
To recap, Deadpool had been trying to get himself killed by ticking off the Hulk. In fact, he actually detonated two nuclear warheads on the gamma induced monster. Instead of killing Deadpool though, Bruce Banner registers the Merc with a Mouth in an insane asylum in England. The book starts off referencing one of my favourite Suicidal Tendencies songs. On the very first page Deadpool states, “I’m not crazy!!!” and at the bottom of the page it says, “Institutionalized”, which is also the title of this chapter.
A particular nurse has taken a special interest in Wade Wilson’s mental state and used her powerful contacts to ensure that he is not shipped to the Raft. Deadpool repays the favour by almost killing everybody in his ward. He actually stabs one of the interns with his own femur while singing another one of my favourite songs, “bring the Ruckus” by the Wu Tang Clan.
Wade drops a boat load of funny lines in this issue. For instance, he asks why everyone is talking like pirates. Turns out they’re not pirates, he just happens to be in England. The way he tries to seduce the doctor is also quite funny. Especially considering he keeps referring to how ugly she is!
I know Daniel Way is doing a great job when I find myself laughing out loud while reading this book. And I did that a lot during this read. Artistic team, Carlo Barberi, Walden Wong and Ferran Wong do a really fine job of illustrating this book.
Who knows how I will feel about Deadpool next month. But for now, he is okay in my books!