Deadpool continues his campaign as Marvel’s most overexposed comic book character in 2014 with “Night of the Living Deadpool” #1. While I thought we had seen enough of zombies and the Marvel Universe mixed up in the various “Marvel Zombies” series, apparently simply focusing on Deadpool against zombies is good enough for Marvel to assign Cullen Bunn and Ramon Rosanas to a new adventure of the merc with a mouth.
The downside to this adventure is that it is set up as a limited series where it could probably be handled in a two-parter or oversized single issue. Bunn and Rosanas don’t put Deadpool in contact with the threat until midway through the book. Leading up to that point, however, Bunn plays up Deadpool’s twisted goofiness, complete with plenty of one-liners and a scene of Deadpool pouring “one for my homies.” Deadpool’s motormouth keeps readers entertained and distracted as the story comes together around the mercenary. Of course, when the tension increases, so does Deadpool’s penchant for groaners, but he also brings plenty of action, drawing his swords and guns on the advancing throngs of zombies.
Rosanas’ art is magnificent. Except for a pair of pages set in flashback, everything except Deadpool and some inanimate objects he touches is rendered is hyper-detailed grayscale. His swords, the guns, even the beverage Deadpool guzzles on his way out of Fajita Nate’s are all fully-colored, but the world around him is filled with lifeless gray tones. This visual heightens the horror aspect of the undead attack while simultaneously giving “Night of the Living Deadpool” #1 a retro appearance. Readers have seen instances of black and white photos or movies given a splash of color. That color — in this case Deadpool — pops from the background and energizes the story. Rosanas pumps this comic book full of detail around and through Deadpool, making it dynamically unlike anything else on the new comic book rack. I’m not sure if this visual would work for any other character than Deadpool, but given the nature of this character (right down to his trademark-yellow word balloons courtesy of Joe Sabino) and the situation he’s in, Rosana’s style is perfect for “Night of the Living Deadpool” #1.
Deadpool fans are sure to get a kick out of this story. I don’t consider myself a fan of Deadpool in the least, but this story is sickly funny and beautifully drawn. Deadpool has hit the saturation point for me, but I find myself compelled to continue on with “Night of the Living Deadpool” so long as Cullen Bunn and Ramon Rosanas deliver work like this.