“Deadpool” #3 is a fun and sometimes funny comic. Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan have concocted a great story that pits the Merc With A Mouth against a bevy of undead ex-Presidents. This is a ludicrous situation and perfect for Deadpool. The story is given greater depth and levels of awesome by Tony Moore’s intricate artwork. While this issue isn’t anywhere near high literature, it really isn’t supposed to be.
Doctor Strange is the mystical guest star of this issue and his characterization is bent to fit the speed and tone of this book. Strange makes the odd joke alongside Deadpool and he serves the narrative as he is needed. He’s more plot token delivery method and joke-slinger in the interval breaks than the current and usually pensive Strange we are used to seeing. This new “Deadpool” series, alongside most “Deadpool” titles, is something that needs to be taken on its own running parallel with the rest of the Marvel Universe.
Some of the action shown here is very cool and a number of the laughs land with a hearty chuckle. However, the problem is when these things don’t work. Posehn and Duggan seemingly throw everything they can into every page. The creative team operates on the assumption that if one joke doesn’t land, follow it up quick enough with more and you’ll soon enough have the audience on side. When the jokes fall flat, they really seem to clog the page. Being funny is difficult but it seems Rick Remender showed it better in “Uncanny X-Force” where Deadpool is used sparingly, but with greater levels of hilarity accuracy. It’s hard to sideline Deadpool in his own title but he doesn’t need to yuk his way through every single panel.
Tony Moore’s art is strange and pretty. He uses attention to detail and great character design to make every page pop. He also manages to pack a lot of movement and narrative into each page and yet still give moments room to hold their own. Val Staples lets loose with a bevy of wild color choices that keep characters central and accentuate the finer points of Moore’s work.
“Deadpool” is kind of a stupid comic, and it probably sees that as a great compliment. This issue will make you laugh, wince and laugh again. Posehn and Duggan make this single issue serve the overall plot while also being a pretty easy to read standalone segment to be enjoyed on its own. Deadpool is a yammering fool desperate to make you laugh. While that wears thin quickly, this tale is suited to him and generally plays to his strengths.