Deadpool & The Mercs for Money #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

Massacre may be my new favorite hero.

Not very clever for a Deadpool title...

Deadpool Mercs For Money #1
(W) Cullen Bunn, (A) Salvador Espin
Marvel Comics

Deadpool might be an Avenger now, but he’s also got his own private team of mercenaries…the legally-cleared-to-be-called MERCS FOR MONEY! Got a problem you can’t solve on your own and a pile of money you’d like to be rid of? Just call Deadpool, Stingray, Massacre, Solo, Foolkiller, Terror and Slapstick and watch as that problem is shot, stabbed, eviscerated, pulverized and generally made bloody!

As you might expect from the dead-on title, this series is about Deadpool leading a group of mercenaries willing to do your dirty work for money. The group of mercs is, naturally, a total mess of weirdos and freaks – some of which are pretty interesting characters in their own right. The comic loses something, though, by trying not to focus too heavily on any one character. Every one has their moment, but that just feels like a bunch of one-liners with some violence slapped on to make it a book.

That violence is pretty on par for Deadpool, and the story isn’t exactly a bad one, but it is familiar. Hired for a job that goes all wrong before they can collect the money, Deadpool and his cadre are left with little option but to open the package and get involved in things that mercs aren’t supposed to care about. No surprises there, but at least it’s well-written and fast-paced.

The art is Marvel’s usual fantastic stuff, with a bit more gore than usual. It’s Deadpool after all, and things just wouldn’t be right with out exploding heads and severed limbs.

I think the biggest let down was just how unfunny the book was. Deadpool quips from time to time and his new friends are all manner of weird and outrageous, but the laughs just wouldn’t come. I can’t tell if it’s due to the more serious tone of the story, or perhaps from so many characters trying to share the stage, but something was missing.

It’s a bit of shame that with the success of his recent movie, this might be the first comic new fans pick up. It’s not exactly that the book is bad, but it’s so different from what people are being sold on that I don’t think it’ll click like it should. If you’re looking for the violence and action, this is your book, but don’t hold your breath for the cleverness we’ve come to expect.



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