I’ve never really read any Deadpool. There was Deadpool vs Carnage #1 last week, or the week before that, but other than that I don’t recall reading any other comic where Deadpool had a starring role of some degree. Last year’s X-Men: Battle of the Atom obviously doesn’t count since Deadpool had a very, very small role in that event. Anyway, a few months ago Marvel announced that they were going to have Deadpool finally get hitched, that he would be getting married. Deadpool #27 is the issue where that was going to happen and the issue arrived this week.
For all the hype that this issue had, the reality is very different. This issue just doesn’t have the kind of grandiosity that the amazing world-record breaking cover by Scott Koblish and Val Staples has. Then, a lot of the stories in this anthology don’t quite click together, largely because I find Deadpool’s narrative skills and his monologue to be extremely distracting. Is he just that weird of a character or what? Getting into his head is really difficult, especially given how he wanders off into tangents all the time.
Big comic events like marriages and deaths and resurrections are often hyped up beyond limits. Its been seen again and again in the industry and Deadpool #27 is no different. For one, the wrap-around cover for this issue features a massive 236 characters, which is a Guinness Book of World Records entry all in itself. Second, it is called “The Most Important Issue #27 In The History of Comics”, which is clearly taking a dig at the fact that a few months ago we had the commemorative Batman #27 anniversary issue, marking the first appearance of that character in the comics world, and that was also an anthology issue featuring several prominent creators. And so on and so forth. I mean, one of the most hilarious characters in comics is getting married, and the issue showing the marriage is a really, really thick issue, with just the story content being about 80 pages or so.
For all that this issue was hyped, I didn’t dig it as much as I was expecting to. For one, we find out next to nothing about his wife. We know her name and that she’s in love with him, but that’s about it. This very issue gives us very little to go on. Second, unlike that spectacular cover, the wedding itself is a very small event, featuring about 15 characters total I’d say, offhand. And then, the rest of the issue is all about the Merc with the Mouth hosting a bachelor’s party aboard a ship out in the ocean with helicoptered-in strippers and the fourth-wall breaking Merc then goes on to talk about all his past exploits with women.
The main story itself, it had some really cool bits, like when Deadpool tells his friends Agents Preston and some unnamed guy that he is getting married. Their reaction is solid. Then there’s the scene where he is trying to find someone to officiate on his wedding, and he goes to a bunch of different characters, all of whom turn him away, except one guy, recently returned from the dead, who agrees. And then, the post-wedding party also has some cool parts. But overall, I feel let down. This is not the grandiosity that Marvel was pushing for in ads and interviews. Far from it.
A lot of the stories with Deadpool trying to woo some character to marry him, or re-marry him, or whatever else the case may be, they just didn’t work because I couldn’t get into Deadpool’s character. His dialogue and his monologue are both extremely confusing. However, the two stories by the team of Gail Simone, Alvin Lee and Veronica Gandini were quite fun and easy, as was the one by Daniel Way, Carlo Barberi and Val Staples. The others… yeah, they were a bit all over the place. And just plain silly in a way that was beyond the kind of silly I was expecting.
On the art side of things, there’s an absolute army of artists on this issue. First off, once again big props to the duo of Koblish and Val Staples for that cover. It truly is magnificent. For the main story itself we have Mike Hawthorne, Jordie Bellaire and VC’s Joe Sabino on duty. For the side stories, there are simply far too many artists to list, but suffice to say that they are an army. I think between all of them you could get like seven full issues, easily. Or something like that. Sometimes the art was really good, sometimes not so much. Best of all was whenever we see Wade Wilson aka Deadpool without his mask. I mean, come on, the guy looks horrific. And yet he has a bride who thinks he is handsome. Man deserves some points. Or mutant. Whatever. Sometimes the art went into the facepalm-worthy T&A category, which really put me off. But still, I have very few complaints about the art.
Overall, while the art was good, the story itself wasn’t. Another case of false advertising from Marvel. This is hardly “The Most Important Issue #27 In The History of Comics”. In fact, I’d say that this is “The Most Underwhelming Issue #27 In The History of Comics”.