Deadpool is Back to Merc’ing in Deadpool 2

By Michael DeLaney

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

Deadpool is often characterized as the bane of the superhero community’s existence: he’s the last guy that they want to ask for help. That said, the Avengers set must derive some guilty pleasure when they get to cut loose and rip Wade Wilson’s regenerative body apart. At least, that’s what I gather from Skottie Young and Nic Klein’s Deadpool 2.

While it’s true that the only reason they lay the smackdown on Deadpool is because he opens fire on them, they do more than disarm him — they quite literally eviscerate him.

I get it, a big part of a Deadpool story is seeing the gruesome display of his powers. But at the same time, the Avengers could show some restraint right?

Skottie Young continues to recognize the impact that Gerry Duggan left on the character, incorporating Wade Wilson’s self-imposed mind wipe into his own story. Wade has the only weapon that will take down the giant puking-celestial Groffon, but he can’t remember much about it because of his memory wipe.

Unlike Duggan’s Deadpool however, Young’s Deadpool doesn’t have any desire to team up with the Avengers. The only way he’ll agree to help them is if they pay him.

It’s pretty amusing watching Deadpool “negotiate” his fee to the point where Iron Man would rather blow him up than listen to him for one more second. The age of Deadpool the Avenger is done. We are once again in the age of Deadpool the Merc with a Mouth.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?

9 comments on “Deadpool is Back to Merc’ing in Deadpool 2

  1. Man, Young really does capture the tone of the movies here, doesn’t he? I’m partial to Duggan’s run, but it’s had to deny that it was a decidedly different take than the movie. This run seems like the thing to hand people who liked the movies and just want the further adventures of that character.

  2. That’s two issues in a row of really just beating the fuck out of Deadpool. DeLaney, your comment about how maybe the Avengers could show some restraint can probably be applied to Klein, right?

    I wonder if leaning into the grotesque is sorta the heart of Young’s take on this character. Obviously, there was a lot of gore in Duggan run, but that thing kicked off with a pretty clear aesthetic – silliness over everything. And then Duggan and Posehn found a way to get to the heart under the silliness. This issue even backs down some of Deadpool’s wit – he couldn’t even get a good joke out to Negasonic Teenage Warhead.

    • I’m gonna combine both of your comments and say that Klein’s grotesquery is itself something the movies are known for. “We’ve got an R-rating and this guy is an indestructible leper, so let’s push this to the limit.”

      • The movies also lean in HARD on the fourthwall breaking. That’s a little light here. Deadpool is actually surprisingly unaware of his life in both in-universe and meta ways. How does one break the fourth wall when you don’t know anything about yourself?

        • I dunno, there’s that gag at the top of the issue where he’s badmouthing a Ready Player One-type movie for just self-consciously riffing on ’90s nostalgia where he just turns to the camera and acknowledges the irony.

        • That is technically true, and a good fourthwall-breaking joke for Deadpool to make, but it’s also one of those super-broad observations about the character. Really showing off a service-level understanding of himself. Just like the pouches gag from the first issue. Like at this point, Deadpool’s maybe only read his own wikipedia.

        • I was assuming that was a Ready Player One knock but “Put Your Quarters Up” was like…a very strange derivation. Also the Hugh Grant fixation is something that I don’t get/love.

    • I feel like “leaning into the grotesque” is the heart of MOST of Young’s writing. We’ve all read I Hate Fairyland, and the gore in this has a similar feel.

      I wasn’t a huge fan of the first issue of Young’s Deadpool (I found the brief Guardians scene funnier than any of Deadpool’s jokes), but I got a lot more laughs out of this issue and ended up feeling quite fond of it, so I guess something’s working for me here.

  3. This is not a knock against DeLaney’s piece at all, but I wonder how long it will be before we can write about Deadpool without evoking the name of Gerry Duggan. Dude left a mark.

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