It’s a Deadpool universe these days and we are all just living in it. The Merc with the Mouth is everywhere when it comes to Marvel. With so much exposure, from his time on the Uncanny Avengers to his role in Axis, Wade Wilson has been stretched pretty thin. It’s easy to get sick of him; too many books, too many different takes. It can wear on the nerves of even a committed Marvelite.
Enter Deadpool and the Mercs for Money, drifting across the landscape like a cool refreshing breeze on a hot summer’s night. It’s refreshing. It’s reinvigorating. It’s just what I needed to restore my faith in Deadpool!
Cullen Bunn takes Wade and separates him from his team of mercenaries for this issue and takes the character back to the wise cracking smart ass that we all love. The dialog pops, the banter is unyielding, and Wade doesn’t stop talking until someone puts a fist in his mouth. It’s the juvenile humor that we all crave but rarely get.
Then there is the art. Oh Iban Coello how I have waited for an artist like you to emerge and take on a character like this. Coello’s art is so good that I’m kicking myself for not knowing his name and work sooner. I’ll be rectifying that mistake soon enough by going out and reading every book this guy has ever worked on. His style is so fresh and clean. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for your eyeballs.
I think that Bunn understands the kind of artistic talent he is paired with on this book. He started the issue out with three fully silent pages to allow the artwork and the character to take center stage. Bravo to you sir; a brilliant masterstroke.
The plot is easy to follow. Deadpool and Co. kidnapped the mutant known as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and delivered her to the contract holder that hired the group of mercenaries. Problem is that they were hired by a big time villain that wanted N.T.W. for a less than noble purpose; mainly to drain her of her radioactivity to jumpstart another villain known as The Presence. Wade and the team disbanded shortly afterward leaving Wade to correct his mistake all on his lonesome. He breaks into the facility where N.T.W. is being held, fights a few goons, throws a few punch lines, gets knocked into the nearby jungle where he is greeted by the his newly reformed group of Mercs for Money, led by X-Force staple Domino.
This issue flew by. It’s set at a break neck pace and it fit the story like a glove. In the past I’ve taken Bunn to task for his plotting and characterization on Uncanny X-Men, but here everything is spot on. This is a title that the writer seems better suited for. It was quick, easy, fun and more than anything—left me wanting more.
Final Thoughts- Fun. Fun. Fun. This comic was strong all the way around. If you like Deadpool then you’re going to love this.
Final Grade- 4 ½ stars
Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #4
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Iban Coello
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino