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Spider-Man/Deadpool #19 Review

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Spider-Man/Deadpool #19 Review

Spider-Man and Deadpool swear off making jokes, but that becomes a running joke that works!

Spider-Man/Deadpool #19 Review

Spider-Man and Deadpool refuse to be funny? Gasp! To be true, refusing to be funny is kind of funny since these two live to quip. That said, let’s see what they got this week, eh?

So what’s it about?

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The rotating creative teams have certainly kept this series fresh and different every month, which has also allowed for different comedic voices to come in and make us laugh. The idea of the characters stopping themselves from making jokes is pushed to the limit here and it makes for a unique story.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Spider-Man/Deadpool #19 Review
This was a rather funny recap page. Worth a read!

This issue does quite a few things well, not least of which is the aforementioned characters’ attempts to stay serious. This all sprouts from Peter’s interaction with a woman who lost her husband during his first battle with Vulture. It has put Peter in a serious mood, so when he runs into Deadpool he’s very clear what they do is very serious. And then Slapstick shows up… oy vey, does he put a wrench in their ability to hold back on the humor.

As the characters attempt to stay serious, Joshua Corin writes a story with some surprises and twists and turns. From fighting Slapstick, to fighting mafia, to the big twist, Corin keeps the reader and the characters on their toes. Slapstick is inherently a ridiculous character–right down to his wish to get his penis back…long story–and he plays off Spider-Man and Deadpool well. Given the crap he puts them through, and their promise to be serious, you can see how Slapstick is just asking for a major slap with some humor (whilst being punched of course).

Will Robson draws this issue and I really dig the detail he puts into Spider-Man’s costume. He’s sporting the newer blue emblem costume and there’s some interesting use of expression in the eyes of the mask. The detail he puts into the webs and webs of the costume–and Slapstick’s hair–is really nice and adds a detailed element even when backgrounds can be simplistic.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #19 Review
Cool webs.

It can’t be perfect can it?

This issue takes a bit to get going, though as a multi-part story it has plenty to set up. About halfway through the issue the humor starts to kick in (or is it non-humor humor?) and its entertainment value kicks into high gear.

Is It Good?

Overall this is a good time with Spider-Man and Deadpool and it utilizes the, “Let’s not be funny” element to great comedic effect. It’s a running joke that surprisingly works, and overall this is an entertaining issue that utilizes Slaptstick really well too.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #19 Review
Spider-Man/Deadpool #19
Is it good?
Utilizes the, “Let’s not be funny” element to great comedic effect.
A funny "Let's not be funny" running gag works
Detailed art with expressive eyes for both our heroes
Slapstick is used quite well
Takes awhile to get going and actually be funny

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