There is a new Marvel-Verse collection on the block and this time, it features not one, but two characters. Deadpool and Wolverine get their time in the sun for the digest-sized kid-friendly collection series. Marvel has already released collections for Iron Man, Venom, Thanos, and Black Panther in this 100 or so page collection series that acts as an introduction for new readers. It’s also a decent casual read for fans who may not have caught rarely republished comics.
For the most part, this collection is quite entertaining. It’s funny thanks to Deadpool, of course, and the inclusion of Spider-Man in two stories. There’s also lots of action. This book collects four stories originally published between 2009 and 2014. In order of appearance, the book starts with two Deadpool stories with Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #4, and Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors #8 followed by two Wolverine stories with Free Comic Book Day book Wolverine: Origin of an X-Man and wraps things up with Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #3.
The opening story by Paul Tobin and Ronan Cliquet features Deadpool being chased by Kraven and the eventual inclusion of the Avengers to help Kraven nab his man. It’s a nice introduction of each Avenger while revealing how Deadpool’s chaotic nature makes it hard for anyone Avenger to capture him. Tobin writes a hilarious Deadpool who is constantly doing and saying unexpected things. That chaotic energy is similar to the next story which has Deadpool take over the Spider-Man cartoon and involves Taskmaster. Again, Deadpool is chaotic and breaks the fourth wall numerous times.
The second half of the book includes a Wolverine story by Fred Van Lente and Gurihiru that ties into the early days of Logan being an official hero. It ties well into his origins and probes Wolverine’s mind well with plenty of captions. The final story is more like a Spider-Man story — much of it focuses on Spidey and his friends tracking Wolverine — but it’s certainly a story many haven’t read.
This collection follows most of the Marvel-Verse stories as it’s not essential, but features stories that are hard to find. This might be the funniest in the bunch though thanks to Deadpool’s chaotic energy and zany behavior. Wolverine seems more like a consolation prize in this book, and outside Van Lente’s good beginner’s story, the character could have used a better second story.
Marvel-Verse: Deadpool & Wolverine is an entertaining collection, though it’s far from essential. It does house three entertaining stories out of four which is good odds that most will find a laugh or a bit of excitement in this book.
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