Deadpool #27

Under a world-record-setting cover and claiming to be "The Most Important Issue #27 in the History of Comics!" the wedding of Deadpool is presented in a mammoth collection by a host of writers and artists. Compiled more like an anthology than a single issue of a comic book, "Deadpool" #27 includes a twenty-page lead story, written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan with art by Mike Hawthorne, that actually features the wedding of Deadpool and Shiklah plus a dozen back-up tales over the remaining sixty pages of story in this $9.99 comic book.

The backups tell stories of previous marriages or near-marriages that Deadpool looks back upon while at his bachelor party, which is billed "Operation Ballerina Drop," and sandwiches the other eleven tales. Mostly five-page stories, the vignettes -- by a cavalcade of guest writers including Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, Christopher Priest, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, Daniel Way -- dip into Deadpool's past, most specifically relevant to the writers, and each provides a chuckle at least, more in most cases. Of those tales, Kelly's "The Niagara Bride" packs the most heart while Brian Posehn's "#$%@-Faced in Vegas" has the most crude humor that I couldn't stop laughing at.

The art for the anthology tales ranges almost as wide as the writers assigned to them, including: Scott Koblish, Scott Hepburn, John McCrea, Paco Medina (with Juan Velasco), Niko Henrichon, John Timms, Dexter Soy, Alvin Lee and Carlo Barberi. Val Staples (also colorist on the 236-character cover) colors four of those backups, Veronica Gandini tackles five and David Curiel, Niko Henrichon and Andrew Elder color one apiece. Of the backups, Scott Koblish's throwback art style, complete with faux-offset coloring from Staples really helps sell the disgustingly immature, yet funny-as-all-get-out "#$%@-Faced in Vegas." Medina's work on "The Niagara Bride" also hits some high marks, but crams seven-and-a-half pages of detail into a five-page adventure.

The main attraction itself, the wedding story, simply titled "The Wedding of Deadpool" blends the characters and situations from Deadpool's illustrious past together in a story filled with humor, horror and surprising character moments. Grotesque beheadings, vampires being shot through the noggins and Hercules making it rain are all unsurprising inclusions in this issue, but Posehn, Duggan and Hawthorne sneak in a few surprises beyond that, including an "Abbey Road" tribute, a quest for someone to preside over the ceremony and a funeral.

Hawthorne's art is solid, loose and fun, with wild gestures and extreme expressions. The attack from U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. and the visit to Monster Metropolis really show Hawthorne's full range and attention to detail. The artist adds in subtleties, like Wade pondering his bride's posterior and the photos from the photo booth to instill more character detail.

"Deadpool" #27 brings the Infinite Comics' story "The Gauntlet" to a close while smoothly blending it into the chaos and craziness present in Deadpool's life. Agents Preston and Adsit are on hand to open opportunities for more humor, while keeping a running plot alive under the festivities and nuptials. While ten bucks is an awfully hefty price tag for a comic book, especially one with a twenty-page lead story, Marvel does pack a lot into this issue. Not every bit of it is good or entertaining, but then neither is Deadpool. There are worse (and better, more frugal) ways to spend a Hamilton, but fans of Deadpool will likely enjoy these eighty pages of inappropriate humor, visual gags and adventure.

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