Review – Deadpool #5 (Marvel Comics)

A Lesson of Monsters and Men in Deadpool #5

After a brief break, it’s time to dive back into a world full of heroes, monsters, and insanity. That’s right; it’s time for Deadpool #5. Somehow Deadpool is still holding on to his title of King of Monsters, but how long will his reign last?

Admittedly, this whole plot arc started off feeling like another Deadpool joke almost. But the longer it runs, and the more we see Deadpool interacting with his subjects… the more it seems to fit. Perhaps his reign will last longer than I thought. Either way, it’s going to be worth reading.

While King Deadpool has been a fun and interesting change with this new series, it’s Jeff the Land Shark who’s stealing the show. Okay, that’s totally my bias showing, as I adored him in West Coast Avengers. But still, it’s fun to see him around once more.

Writing

While the previous four episodes of this series weren’t afraid to dip into something darker, it feels like Deadpool #5 hit me right in the feels. Not because of character death or anything like that – just the level of importance woven into the narrative.

Now and then, a Deadpool series will try to send a message. This time around, it’s a message about monsters and assumptions. It’s quite powerful, so I have to give Kelly Thompson full credit for what was done here.

Don’t worry; this issue isn’t all heavy tones. There are plenty of funny moments to be found (this is Deadpool we’re talking about). Likewise, there are several scenes involving my now-favorite character, Jeff.

Honestly, there’s a lot to love and appreciate about this issue. This is a side of Deadpool you don’t get to see every day. Combine that with what he’s trying to do with Monster Island, and you’ve really got something here.

I honestly don’t know how far the King of Monsters plot is going to get pushed. That being said, I’m sincerely looking forward to finding out. I adore this side of Deadpool and cannot wait to see more like it.

Art

There’s something about this Deadpool series that attacks a large number of talented artists. Deadpool #5 once again has a massive creative team, including Gerardo Sandoval (pencils & inks), Victoria Nava (inks), Chris Sotomayor (colors), and VC’s Joe Sabino (letters).

There is so much crammed into this one issue, so the number of artists involved makes quite a bit of sense. There are some entertaining scenes, some tense scenes, and lots of scenes that require creative thinking.

Even though Deadpool’s face is never shown, there’s still a shocking amount of emotion to be found in this issue. And yes, that’s also taking into account the number of monsters present. The scenes themselves are bright and full of action – just the way we like them.

Finally, I have to say that I really appreciate the way that one character in particular communicated in this issue. It was fun and different but also made complete sense given what was going on. It showed a level of forethought that I appreciated.

Conclusion

Deadpool #5 was not the issue I was expecting it to be – it was so much better. This issue mixed emotions and tones in a way that only Deadpool is capable of, creating a reading experience with a message hidden within. It’s what the fans deserved and needed right now.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

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