Now that Deadpool is the king of the monsters, he gets special consideration for diplomatic missions. So why the heck hasn’t the X-Men or anyone from Krakoa asked him if his people would like to move to Krakoa? This week in Deadpool #6, Kelly Thompson and Kevin Libranda are focusing on Deadpool’s attention on being left out by those he once called friends. Since Deadpool is regarded by many as a mutant, this is a mellow that didn’t deserve to be harshed.
This issue is hilarious from cover to cover. Deadpool wants to bring it to the mutants for not getting the attention he deserves by first concocting a plan to get to Krakoa, and then plenty of not-so-great planning to stick it to them. Thompson maximizes the use of Jeff, the cute Landshark we all know and love, as well as plenty of X-Men to reflect off of Deadpool’s iconic persona. This issue is so entertaining, I’d read it if it was 100 pages long.
X-Men fans will not want to miss this. Not because it matters to the overall plot or connects in any way X of Swords, but because Thompson writes all these mutant characters so well. Magik, Storm, Emma, and more show their disgust, frustration, and confusion around Deadpool. There are some touching bits too, and it all builds to remind us Deadpool just wants to be invited to things. Sure, he’s annoying, but show some respect to the guy.
Stand out scenes involve Emma (who somehow needs a Jeff team-up book, stat), all-out action involving a slew of X-Men vs. Deadpool, and some key scenes with Elsa Bloodstone. The beauty of this issue is each interaction plays up a different dynamic. Deadpool is a manic sort of character, and it’s nice to see he interacts with everyone differently.
The art by Libranda and colors by Chris Sotomayor are fabulous too. They’re perfect at capturing the cartoony nature of Jeff and Deadpool, as well as the weirdness of the weirdest mutants. It’s easy to forget masked characters are limited as far as expressions go, but you wouldn’t know it when reading this book. From the first page, when Deadpool is cheating at a card game to raging at the mutants who won’t show him the time of day, you feel his pain and delight.
This book is a whole lot of fun. It maximizes the hilarious nature of Deadpool and utilizes a ton of X-Men. Fans of Deadpool and the X-Men can’t miss this book. Thompson’s Deadpool is mischievous, manic, and cleverly uses its characters while never losing sight of Deadpool’s innocence.
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