The cover of “Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America” #1 shows the recently-turned-elderly Steve Rogers riding into battle on Deadpool’s shoulders. The story written by Gerry Duggan with art by Scott Kolins isn’t quite as wild, but it is a fun, odd team-up with a special delivery of chuckles and groan-worthy attempts at humor as Marvel continues to find ways to put Deadpool on the shelves each and every week.
Deeper than that, however, Duggan plants the seed of whether or not Deadpool can do the right thing. The writer doesn’t describe what the “right thing” is, but with Steve Rogers riding shotgun, any character in the Marvel Universe is going to attempt to shine a little brighter. If they happen to luck into a compliment from the Sentinel of Liberty, it only elevates their attempt at leaving a positive impression. Duggan puts that need for approval alongside Deadpool’s constantly yapping jaw and gives readers as close to a morality tale as any comic book with Deadpool could possibly have. I’m not sure Duggan is setting out with this specifically in mind, but he does sneak it in, with Steve Rogers providing guidance along the way.
The first illustrated page in this issue is a montage of bits from Wolverine’s life and death, through Deadpool’s narration that ends with Steve Rogers correcting Deadpool, “I think you have some of the details wrong, but I wasn’t there.” Sure, some of the details are off, but the story Wade Wilson tells allows artist Scott Kolins to draw Wolverine bursting from his Weapon X tank, rushing into battle alongside Captain America and Deadpool and “getting flashdanced by molten adamantium.” Kolins continues to draw a grand spectrum of imagery, including Rogers and Deadpool cleaning out Logan’s personal effects, the duo taking on A.I.M. agents to complete their mission and even an emptying of Deadpool’s many pouches. Kolins makes Rogers look a little more frail than the story calls for, but the meaning is clear in his drawings: Rogers isn’t vitally youthful. Veronica Gandini’s colors match everything Kolins puts down, from the reflective sheen of the molten adamantium to the crusty blood on the blade of a knife. Joe Sabino provides the lettering clues that lock “Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America” #1 down as a Deadpool comic, and the whole thing congeals nicely into a solid presentation.
“Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America” #1 is not necessarily going to prove as memorable as “Captain America Annual” #8 (referenced in this comic book), but it does give readers a fun romp in a team-up adventure that is neither predictable nor boring. At the end of the story, however, readers are left to wonder what Deadpool is going to do without a clear path to follow for that next in the series of events. Given Deadpool’s visibility in the Marvel Universe, I’m sure we won’t have to wait too long. Whether or not that next adventure involves Captain America remains to be seen, but with Duggan writing Deadpool’s adventures, it certainly won’t be dull.