Attack of the Dead Presidents

Attack of the Dead Presidents

By: Andrew Hines

Who doesn’t love Deadpool? I mean, aside from Wolverine, Thor, the X-Men and basically anyone who’s ever met him? This is a pretty cool dude we’re dealing with here. And no, I’m not just saying that because he’s got a gun to my head. (Help me. He’s got a gun to my head!) The baddest Merc With a Mouth just got a restart to his own series. Basically, he’s about to be more popular than ever and there’s not much we can do about it. From the looks of the cover, there may not even be much monsterzilla can do about it. (We can’t say the “G” word for legal reasons…probably). Is it just me, or does this version look more like Reptar from Rugrats?

The writing by comedians Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan is hilarious and very fitting for Mr. Wilson aka Deadpool. The pacing is good and we’ll surely see a few familiar faces from the (American) history books in this series, starting with this issue. It’s a good start to a really cool and funny story arc that could last a while. Then there’s the team-ups which according to those he’s teaming with aren’t team-ups at all. The dialogue is fantastic and i know I throw that word around, but it’s really just witty, stupid, childish fun. At the end of the day, that’s what Deadpool is. He’s a kid with a bunch of weapons a smart mouth and a bad case of road rash.

Here’s some off the awesome (cartoony) artwork from Tony Moore. Yes, I said “artwork”, as in pencils and inks. Pretty cool, if you ask me, which I guess you did since you’re reading this. Anywho, the colors from Val Staples (who is apparently a dude, sort of like Val Kilmer was in Top Gun) are just epic. They make everything pop, even Mr. Polio, or is that Former presider Polio? (He died in the 40s. It’s not too soon.) Also, sorry for lack of word balloons on the page. It was all I could find at short notice. The art works for a Deadpool story, I think. As does the ghostly FDR in the photo. That’s President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to our non-US friends. It’s an uncultured thing, you wouldn’t want to understand.

This gets an “A” grade from me. I love the humor and teen the cartoony artwork. Given what we see in these pages, I think we’ll be in for a treat in the months to come. That’s if our comedy writers keep the same pace and quality of laughs. Please, go out and buy this before Wade runs you through with a katana, or Bea Arthur as he calls her.

6 Responses to Attack of the Dead Presidents

  1. Nick Hentschel

    Deadpool can be HIGHLY amusing, to be sure; wisecracks and ammunition make for a volatile combo. But just as an aside, I would like to say that I’ve always found him to be clearly inspired by Spider-Man: the look of his mask, the colors of his costume, even his wisecracking style. He’s “Spidey on acid,” to a large degree, and not matter how much he cracks (or shoots) me up, I can’t forget that.

    Just wanted to get that out of the way; have fun reading!

  2. Nick Hentschel:
    Deadpool can be HIGHLY amusing, to be sure; wisecracks and ammunition make for a volatile combo.But just as an aside, I would like to say that I’ve always found him to be clearly inspired by Spider-Man: the look of his mask, the colors of his costume, even his wisecracking style.He’s “Spidey on acid,” to a large degree, and not matter how much he cracks (or shoots) me up, I can’t forget that.

    Just wanted to get that out of the way; have fun reading!

    Yeah, there’ve been several instances in comics where someone confused the two of them. Here’s one in particular. Deadpool: Monkey Business. http://www.comicvine.com/deadpool-monkey-business/49-34093/

  3. they are similar yes but actually he started out as a death stroke rip off by rob liefeld. the humor and personality was added later by other writers. deapools real name wade wilson and death strokes is slade wilson.blatant rip off.

  4. rancid:
    they are similar yes but actually he started out as a death stroke rip off by rob liefeld. the humor and personality was added later by other writers. deapools real name wade wilson and death strokes is slade wilson.blatant rip off.

    All 100% true, but thankfully those other writers turned Wade into his own character. Liefeld not working on Deadpool was the best thing to ever happen to him. The same can be said for any character Liefeld’s ever drawn or written. As soon as he’s no longer connected, the character get’s exponentially better.

  5. Honestly I think Deadpool is underrated by many, and I personally think he’s the best thing to ever come out of Leifelds head.
    Deadpool might be a rip-off (and both DC and Marvel have made that obvious IN the comics themselves) but he’s a great character. Sure he’s not much compared to the big-league players in Marvel but he’s pulled out some pretty wicked comics himself. I personally think he’s a great comic relief to Wolverine, since Logans always serious and gruff, Wade kindof plays on that and it’s really hilarious.

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