by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Daniel Way, Art by Shawn Crystal
Published: July 2012
So begins a new chapter in the life of Deadpool. The Merc with a Mouth is a new man…really. After taking the serum we now find that Wade’s face has gone back to the way he used to look. The downside is now he has to shave again and apparently while he can slice and dice people, shaving is a bit problematic.
I really like what Daniel Way is doing here. After getting to this point we are seeing a bit more depth in the character of Deadpool as he is now vulnerable which allows Way to explore different scenarios (some rather mundane). At the same time Deadpool is excited to be alive and feeling overconfident about his place in the world which sets our hero up for a bit of a fall. The villains for this book are ‘The Intelligencia” which honestly are a bit lame. It is kind of like the Geek Squad of the Marvel world with Modok, Leader, Mad Thinker, and the Wizard working together. You get the sense that they are almost too smart for their own good because they will out-think themselves against a rather oddball guy like Deadpool.
I enjoyed the art by Shawn Crystal who is on board for at least this arc. There were a lot of good facial expressions being shown on Wade as he works his way through the book. It was a solid effort by someone new to the series.
Overall I rate this book as a solid 8 out of 10. I think anyone new to the series will find this as a great starting point because Wade has basically been reborn. For current fans of the series this is a great pick-up because the evolution of Deadpool should be a nice change of pace compared to the last 10 to 20 issues of him wanting to die.