“Deadpool” #1 by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Tony Moore is unabashedly fun and full of energy in the way any good book about Wade Wilson should be. With a clever concept that leaves lots of room for chaos and destruction and phenomenal art, this book is off to a strong start.
Duggan and Posehn take just the right tack for a Wade Wilson book, coming up with an outlandish idea of resurrected former presidents out to destroy America so that they can rebuild it. Dead president zombies on the loose is a concept that effortlessly inserts Deadpool into working for S.H.I.E.L.D., of all places. The result is comedy gold. Duggan and Posehn, in addition to conceiving of a perfect plot for Wade, have a good handle on his energy and sense of humor. Not every joke lands, but the ones that do are great and the ones that don’t still make a reader groan good-naturedly. Zombie FDR making jokes about a “new deal?” This is fun.
The supporting cast is surprisingly solid as well, with a funny cameo by Thor and Captain America. Meanwhile, Agent Preston, Deadpool’s handler at S.H.I.E.L.D., is beautifully three-dimensional in her appearance here and promises to be a strong ally and foil for Wade all rolled up in one.
Tony Moore’s art leaps off the page with enthusiasm and graphic detail that somehow manages to make horrific elements hilarious, which is just the right tone to make this book work on all levels. Moore’s not afraid to get into vivid (and explicit!) detail as Wade gets torn up, blown up, shot in the back of the head and generally wailed on, but he tackles it with the necessary sense of humor that keeps the book from feeling grim and overly serious. Val Staples colors toe the same line, and as a result this entire creative team seems well-assembled and completely in sync.
I generally enjoy Deadpool more as part of an ensemble cast, especially due to the oversaturation of the character in the recent years, but there’s no way not to buy issue #2 of “Deadpool” after such a strong debut. The “Deadpool” creative team was expertly chosen and knows exactly what they’re doing, a great sign for future Marvel NOW! books in the coming weeks.