Deadpool #1
Deadpool #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writers: Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan
Penciler: Tony Moore

And so it begins. After previewing the new era of Marvel Now with the launch of the publisher's new flagship title, Uncanny Avengers last month, now starts the weekly rollout of the new #1s that will last well into Spring '13 (Mayan prophecies be damned). Deadpool #1 is the debut issue for the exciting but unconventional team of Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan. And while Posehn's comedic chops might lead you to believe that he and Deadpool would be a match made in heaven, this issue doesn't exactly bring the funny.

In Deadpool #1, a disgruntled S.H.I.E.L.D. officer turned necromancer (it probably happens more often than you'd think given the number of Marvel resurrections), decides that the only way to put our country back on track is to bring back to life the men who lead us in the path. The only problem is that the zombie presidents he raises come back with mystical powers and are more interested in destroying America than saving it. S.H.I.E.L.D. has a mess to clean up and can't turn to the Avengers for help because Captain America beating the shit out of Harry Truman doesn't play well on CNN (Chester A. Arthur would have been a completely different story). Enter Deadpool, a "hero" who has no qualms about capping the Shamblers in Chief.

While the overall plot of the issue is solid and the threat itself in inherently funny, Duggan and Posehn attempt to pepper jokes thought the script that never really hit. Offhand remarks by casual bystanders feel forced, rather than flowing naturally from the situation. On top of that, Deadpool seems more tame and punny here than he usually is. Gone is the usual incessant stream of verbal diarrhea and pop culture references only to be replaced by a bunch of awkwardly paced one liners that sound more like dialogue for Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man.

Tony Moore on the other hand is a great fit for what is essentially a horror comedy book. His hyper detailed work allows him to sell the gross out moments like Deadpool's defeat of the giant lizard monster and the injuries he received during that encounter, as well as some of the in dialogue jokes through detailed and expressive reactions. Moore never once skimps out on the backgrounds and each scene is littered with distinct looking background extras.

Unless you are a diehard fan of either the titular character or of the writing duo, Deadpool #1 might be an easy cut if your Marvel NOW hypothetical pull list is as intimidating as mine is. This isn't a bad debut issue, but there was nothing here that particularly grabbed me. However, I could easily see this book improving once the creators get a few issues under their belts.

Grade: C+

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