Cliches and Cutlery in Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan 2

by Michael DeLaney

This article contains SPOILERS! If you haven’t read the issue, proceed at your own risk.

Story models repeat themselves, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For me, Deadpool vs Old Man Logan isn’t trying to be anything new or groundbreaking — but then again every comic book is someone’s first. Deadpool vs Old Man Logan 2 uses the X-Men staple of a military organization hunting “the chosen one” while the two mutant former weapons trade quips and shed blood.

Artist Mike Henderson ups the bloodshed from last issue, opening with decapitations, blood oozing, and ninjas galore.

I feel like Henderson really enjoys drawing Wolverine’s savagery, imagining the physics of what’s capable with those adamantium claws. I was especially impressed with the way that Logan dug into the ground to deliver a serious head-blow. Also, extra points for drawing the graffiti “Declan sux” on a dumpster.

Writer Declan Shalvey also ups the Deadpool factor, as he simultaneously drops references and reneges on said references when they don’t land.

Mystery mutant Maddie plays the Deadpool movie role of Negasonic Teenage Warhead as she constantly rebuts and refutes everything he lays down. With as popular as Deadpool has become in pop culture, I’m sure Wade’s feelings are crushed on a meta level when Maddie doesn’t have a clue who he is.

Deadpool eventually overcomes his desire to protect Maddie as a slight against Logan when the ‘ol bub appeals to him from one mutant experiment to another. I feel like Gerry Duggan’s Deadpool has set a bar for the character; there has to be a dash of sympathy mixed in with Wade’s typical crazy, making him more heroic than he has ever been.

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