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A Spider-Man/Deadpool #4 Review – Double Date Drama

Spider-Man/Deadpool #4, cover, Ed McGuinnessTITLE: Spider-Man/Deadpool #4
AUTHOR: Joe Kelly
PENCILLER: Ed McGuinness
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASED: April 20, 2016

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel’s bromantic buddy comedy continues with a classic comedy set up: The double date. This makes for an issue that’s less about drama, and more about the wacky, comic book style comedy. But Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, and the team make it work. This issue comes off like a story that was destined to be told, unlikely though it may be.

Still trying to see the good in Deadpool, Spider-Man accepts his invitation to hang out at a club in New York City. Little does Spidey know that Deadpool has been contracted to kill his alter ego, Peter Parker. Likewise, Deadpool has no idea Parker and Spider-Man are one and the same. Peter is also unaware Deadpool has made the night into a double date. But the night takes a turn when Spidey learns his date is none other than Thor!

Spider-Man/Deadpool has a really nice, and to an extent unconventional, emotional core. It’s obviously meant to be a comedic story. But it’s also about Wade Wilson wanting acceptance and friendship. He’s trying to impress Spider-Man. Who can’t relate to that? And in turn, Spidey is trying to extend the olive branch, and trust Wade. The reader is rooting for Deadpool, and wants this “bromance” to be successful. No matter what bells and whistles they put on this book, that’s the key to this story’s success.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #4, 2016, Ed McGuinnessI won’t spoil how the date turns out. But Kelly writes it in a way that all the characters shine, and it’s genuinely funny. I never knew Spidey and Deadpool were such good dancers…

Ed McGuinness’ style really lends itself to the dynamic, comic book superhero pose, as we see on the opening splash page (shown left). McGuinness is also good at drawing cartoony expressions that we can still read in spite of Deadpool’s mask. Spidey doesn’t get that same treatment, which obviously makes Wade’s look unique. Also, the colors on this book really pop. Kudos to Jason Keith for that.

Considering what the majority of this issue consists of, the ending comes as a hell of a surprise. I won’t spoil it, but obviously things aren’t what they seem. I credit them for upping the intrigue in an issue that was mostly devoted to the comedic side of things. Spider-Man/Deadpool is a tribute to how diverse the superhero genre can be. It doesn’t have to strictly be about good guys punching bad guys. Kelly, McGuinness, and the crew have given us a tremendous take on the buddy comedy that makes the best of what both Deadpool and Spider-Man have to offer.

And the most explosive stuff is likely yet to come. Secrets have a tendency of getting out. What happens when Deadpool and Spidey learn the truth?

Image from author’s collection.

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A Spider-Man/Deadpool #2 Review – Wade Meets Spider-Adjacent

Spider-Man/Deadpool #2, coverTITLE: Spider-Man/Deadpool #2
AUTHOR: Joe Kelly
PENCILLER: Ed McGuinness
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $3.99
RELEAED: February 10, 2016

***Miss last issue? BAMF.***

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Have you all heard of Deadpool? Just checking…

Marvel’s ultimate bromance continues, as ironically Deadpool seeks Spider-Man’s friendship, but wants Peter Parker dead. A mysterious source has been in touch with Wade Wilson, supplying him with information about terrible things happening inside Parker Industries. Deadpan once again seen out Spider-Man, and gets two for the price of one. Both the original and Miles Morales show up to face him. Neither believe Wade to be a changed man. But can he change? Can a man seemingly born to kill simply stop spilling blood?

For yours truly, the best part of this issue was the way Wade talks to Miles. Instead of Spider-Man, he calls him “Spider-Adjacent” and “Retcon Spider Clone Junior.” It’s all in jest of course, but truth is often spoken in jest isn’t it? I talked about this in my Spider-Man #1 review not long ago. Miles Morales is no longer the Spider-Man, he’s a Spider-Man. In terms of his status in the Marvel Universe, that’s a major drawback. It’s nice to see someone at least come out and address it.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #2, Ed McGuinnessEd McGuinness is once again on his game. In the first half of the issue we get a gorgeous shot of Spidey swinging through the city (shown right). There’s a fight sequence between Peter, Miles, and Wade that has a really nice energy to it as well. We’re also introduced to the Dead-Buggy, i.e. Deadpool’s take on the Spider-Buggy, which proves to be a lot of fun. McGuinness also gets the chance to draw a classic Spider-Man villain, which is a nice treat.

Thus far, the key to the success of this series has been Deadpool’s sincere desire to win Spider-Man’s friendship. Far-fetched though it may be, Wade Wilson is taking a crack at being as straight-laced a hero as he can be. And while that’s not exactly in the cards for him, we admire him for trying, and we want Spider-Man to like him. Because we like him. Sadly, with Deadpool now gunning for Peter Parker, this bromance is about to hit a major bump in the road.

Spider-Man/Deadpool is off to a great start. We’ve got a renowned team, executing a plot that has both intrigue, and the trademark Deadpool humor. Plus, considering how successful Deadpool was on the big screen this month, there’s never been a better time to have Wade sharing pages with (arguably) Marvel’s marquee character.

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A Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 Review – Marvel’s Bromantic Comedy

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 (2016), Ed McGuinnessTITLE: Spider-Man/Deadpool #1
AUTHOR: Joe Kelly
PENCILLER: Ed McGuinness
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASED: January 6, 2016

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The best thing about this issue is Marvel using Spidey and Deadpool’s name value to promote The Vision. They include the entire first issue in this book as a bonus. Seriously, pick it up. It’s awesome.

Of course, having Joe Kelly back on a Deadpool book is nothing to sneeze at, with his old cohort Ed McGuinness no less. These two made Deapool a force to be reckoned with in the ’90s, and are now back for a romp with the mouthy merc, with Spider-Man in tow!

When we join our heroes, they’re tied up and at the mercy of the demonic Dormammu. Deadpool BAMFed them out of New York City in the middle of a fight between Spidey and Hydro-Man. Thus, they have not one but two threats to face. But why is Deadpool suddenly butting into Spidey’s business? What does he have that Wade Wilson wants?

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1, 2016, Ed McGuinnessSpider-Man/Deadpool is, first and foremost, a bromantic comedy. Kelly delivers on the banter front from both Spidey and Wade. But for me the banter takes a backseat in terms of humor in this issue. At one point, our heroes are facing a Hydro-Man made out of sewage. Call me juvenile if you must, but that’s a funny idea. But what I got the biggest kick out of was the panel to the right. Something about his (pardon the term) body language, mixed with how his hand and lower half are regenerating makes this a very amusing image. Kudos to Ed McGuinness for what I’ll call subtle humor here.

Like a lot of great bromances, the core of this issue ends up being about friendship, feelings, and all that stuff. I don’t expect a lot of heart to be on display in these pages. But it is there. Naturally, Wade’s heart takes him in entirely the wrong direction, as we find out at the cliffhanger.

Ed McGuinness is one of the innovators of the Deadpool character, so he’s as natural a fit on this book as anybody. But even when you don’t factor that in, his uber-musculed, highly expressive, and hyper-dynamic style make him a great choice for anything that’s taken tongue-in-cheek. McGuineess’ art has a great versatility about it. If you want him to play it straight, he can do that. If you want him to be silly, he can do that too. Often times, he’ll give you a combination of the two.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 (2016)The question with Spider-Man/Deadpool isn’t necessarily about where they’ll go with things. Rather, it’s where can’t they go? Whether he’s duking it out with the entire Marvel Universe, cutting up zombified presidents, or even taking on Thanos himself, Deadpool has plenty of versatility in his own right. It looks like they’ll be staying in Spidey’s world for the immediate future, as next issue they’ll be joined by none other than Miles Morales. There’s some potential there for Kelly to have a lot of fun breaking the fourth wall. So even if you’re not a big Deadpool fan, next issue may be worth a glance. And if you are, odds are this book has a big upside for you.

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