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– by Tim Jousma

Deadpool issue 17 is out and boy what a story it is. What happens when the Mercs for Money and Deadpool have a falling out? Hilarity mostly.

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  It should go without saying for Deadpool but the humor from Gerry Duggan is top notch. It really gives the story a Looney Tunes type of feel. If Daffy Duck were a murderous, insane assassin, he’d be Deadpool. I enjoyed the opening page that starts out normal and with one punch descends into pure lunacy.

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 Â  There are a lot of characters Duggan has to devote attention to and he was able to capture them nicely without anyone seemingly getting lost in the shuffle. While you come to a comic called Deadpool to see the hijinks of the main character, the attention to the minor characters in the story was a nice touch, taking a simple team breakup story and giving it some more flavor.

 Â  Really, the only issue I can say I had was with how the story felt a part of something much bigger. Call me crazy but I feel a comic has one chance to woo a new reader over and that’s the one issue they purchase. With some characters having histories going for over 75 plus years now, a new reader picking up an issue that may be part seven of a twelve part story could potentially give them all the reason they need to not pick up the next issue. It’s overwhelming. You have to give the reader a complete story while servicing the much bigger story you’re trying to tell. In movies, STAR WARS does this to perfection. Each movie can be taken in on it’s own without having to watch the other movies yet if taken as a whole, you get a much richer experience. It’s the same with comics. Is it possible to achieve in every issue? Sadly no. Yet more and more I see comics that get so lost in the bigger picture story they’re trying to tell that they forget that each issue is it’s own unique beast. While it very much a chapter in a story, comic books work differently than prose.

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 Â  I loved the art in this issue. What stuck out for me was how they were able to create a setting that appeared so ordinary while having some crazy, cartoonish type violence happening around it. In a way, it helped make the humor in the story stick out more than it would have if everything were outlandish from the start. The fact that the first few panels of the story were so ordinary up to the point where one of the cops was punched made the entrance of Deadpool and the Mercs for Money funny.

 Â  Overall, you’ll enjoy Deadpool issue 17. It’s funny and cartoonish in all the right ways. While I do feel there could have been more effort devoted to making this issue feel more like a self contained story, for what the creators did right with this story, they did quite well. Head to your local comic book shop and purchase Deadpool issue 17.

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