Last week Marvel released the first issue of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. If you’ve listened to the podcast, you know that I have recently gotten back into comics. I always ignored them as a kid because I hated reading, but I appreciate comics (and reading) more now that I’m all grown up. I downloaded the first issue through Comixology on day one and I have to say, it’s pretty epic. Today was the release of the second and it was just as good. For those of you who don’t want spoilers and are Marvel fans, I highly suggest picking this up or downloading it. So far the story is interesting, but in order to fully enjoy it you will need to not analyze things. Impressions and spoilers (if you haven’t read it) after the break.
The first issue focuses on the origin of why Deadpool goes off killing everyone along with the attack on the Fantastic Four. It doesn’t show exactly how three of the four are killed, but it has some pretty intense hints and life moments. To me, this makes up for the lack of huge fight sequences.
It starts off with the demise of the Fantastic Four and goes into the origin of hostility. Essentially, Professor X has reached the end of his rope trying to sort out Deadpool’s mind and resorts to having him committed to a “specialist”. The specialist turns out to be “Psycho man”.
My take from the comic was Psycho Man is trying to control Deadpool for his own means. However, he wasn’t prepared for the voices in Deadpool’s head. Essentially, after trying to gain control of Deadpool, a switch flips in his mind that eliminates the multiple personalities we’ve grown to love and enjoy and a singular voice emerges. This is what sets Deadpool on his destructive path. At the end a character is killed which seems to say that this series will break down the fourth wall.
Today I read the second issue and it seemed to confirm my suspicion of what the story is about. Not only is Deadpool killing the Marvel universe, but it seems like he’s doing so because he knows we’re reading the stories.
The second issue focuses on the demise of Spiderman and the Avengers. This is where you need to not analyze everything…mainly around Wolverine. The way the Avengers are taken out is interesting, but it’s something that Wolverine should have been able to recover from. However, they did account for Luke Cage’s (Powerman) indestructible skin and that made me happy.
I don’t want to give everything away, but I’m really enjoying this so far. To see someone take on super beings and find a way to kill them is fascinating and entertaining. I urge any Marvel fan to check out this story because it is definitely unique.