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Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 Review

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Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 Review

Spider-Man meets Deadpool’s amazing friends.

When your best friend is a wanted criminal you’ve got trouble. Especially if you’re Spider-Man. Extra especially if your friend killed Agent Coulson. Who would do that!? Deadpool.

So what’s it about?

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Why does this matter?

Spider-Man and Mockingbird are dating, Parker Industries is no more, and Deadpool is on the run stealing S.H.I.E.L.D weapons. Secret Empire sure did leave everybody with a hangover eh?

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

Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 Review
Interesting angle of this panel eh?

This issue opens with Peter waking up in Mockingbird’s apartment with a heavy case of depression. He doesn’t have much to do these days and when he catches a late night advertisement of his once best bud selling weapons the last of the straws is reached! This is a story about Spider-Man getting some inspiration to go outside, Deadpool finding new inspiration in being a leader of failed characters, and sharks. Super smart telepathic sharks. Yep, it’s one of those days for Spider-Man.

Robbie Thompson writes a good issue as it reveals Deadpool’s current status while developing Peter’s new position in life. Deadpool basically gives Peter a purpose, which sets in motion an infiltration into Deadpool’s helicarrier. Thompson fills the thing with wacky things (like a room of Hulk dolls) and his employees are strange too. You’ll wanna see more from these characters as we learn a bit about them via captions. Hellcow, an actual Marvel character introduced in 2011, is particularly weird and funny for instance.

Chris Bachalo draws a heck of an issue and his Spider-Man is rather cool looking. His layout style is interesting in part because it appears as if panels cut off too soon like a double page layout is in order, but instead, it just ends. It gives the overall story a chaotic feel — like we’re only getting bits of a rambunctious story. There are impressive amounts of detail too and the compositions can be dazzling (like the full page of Deadpool slicing up S.H.I.E.L.D. agents above). You’re going to be impressed more than once reading this.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 Review
Cool blood.

It can’t be perfect can it?

I cannot stand how Bachalo draws Peter Parker. He looks like he’s a teenager, which might suit his current state of mind as a depressed loser, but it threw me off. Keep the mask on Peter.

The comic itself is more exposition bound with few laughs. The ideas are funny, but I wasn’t laughing at jokes or many of the punchlines. It’s a good setup issue for sure, but don’t expect nonstop laughs.

Is It Good?

Spider-Man discovers a brand new Deadpool world and it’s rather colorful.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 Review
Spider-Man/Deadpool #23
Is it good?
A sharp comic with a good start to a rather interesting group of supporting characters.
Excellent art throughout with impactful panel work
Interesting supporting characters introduced
Peter has new meaning in life!
I wasn't laughing much with this one
Peter looks so off
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