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Acts of Evil has been a delightful surprise this August and it aims to only get better with a Deadpool special from Dana Schwartz and Reilly Brown. Can Deadpool fight Nightmare to help a little boy get sleep? What will Deadpool discover in the nightmare realm? Find out this week!
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
Acts of Evil is just fun comics. Each annual sized issue pits heroes against a villain that they’ve never fought before. This time Deadpool is going up against an enemy that is way overpowered compared to his gun-toting self. Should be a blast!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This is a fun one-shot that manages to capture Deadpool’s voice perfectly, infuse the script with great dialogue, and even has a strong message in the end too. Schwartz opens with a child’s nightmare and immediately cuts to Deadpool playing video games and acting like a buffoon. Soon he’s at a little boy’s house (who is obsessed with a certain squirrel hero) and we’re off to the races to stop Nightmare from giving this boy bad dreams. It’s a simple enough premise and yet Schwartz infuses the book with clever ideas like a taste of Nightmare’s favorite victims and ultimately a strong message about how our nightmares are tied to who we are and what we’re going through.
The book balances humor, action, and confrontation very well. Deadpool rubs everybody the wrong way it seems from mailmen to Nightmare to little old ladies. The book is also cleverly plotted as it starts with a silly premise and soon finds deeper meaning in the true enemy of the little boy.
The art by Brown and inkers Nelson DeCastro (with Craig Yeung) and color artists Matt Herms (with GURU-eFX) is solid stuff with cel-shaded inking that keeps the humor in a cartoony place. I love the work they’ve done on Nightmare’s realm and the use of green is great. In one page Deadpool cuts through glowing green nightmares and it’s quite a visual, framing the monsters around him well as his katana cuts through them.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
It’s starting to become a bit much when it comes to breaking into Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Santorum. It’s more recently something Black Cat has done and it makes it hard to take Doctor Strange and his magical home seriously. Ultimately it’s used as a plot device to get the story rolling, but something a bit more original would have worked better to get Deadpool into Nightmare’s realm.
Is it good?
An all around great one-shot that’s funny, action packed, and even comes with a strong message of protecting children. Schwartz, Brown, and Aaron Kuder’s excellent cover solidify this as an excellent comic story from cover to cover.
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