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DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #2 (of 6)
CULLEN BUNN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• Deadpool’s quest to beat the rest continues, and this time he’s squaring off against the Assassins Guild in the Big Easy!
• The Merc with the Mouth’s healing factor will get put to the ultimate test when he’s pitted against the knife-wielding speedster called HARVESTER!
• But even if he’s lucky enough to survive that encounter, Deadpool’s actions in this very comics mag will align more than one ne’er-do-well against him…and Harvester’ll look like a walk in the park!
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
Deadpool: Assassin #2 kicks off in New Orleans in a cemetery, where Deadpool rescues a man named Charles Helder, who apparently bought a personal protection plan from Deadpool and Weasel. Before they can leave, they’re challenged by Nakh, a villain associated with the Assassins Guild, and a gang of ninjas. Damn, Deadpool fought ninjas last issue. Are they already out of ideas? Deadpool kills them all (maybe not Nakh) while dispensing witty dialogue and brings Helder to a Mardi Gras parade to hide out.
Deadpool gives a woman who flashes him her breasts the chain he used to kill Nakh instead of beads, and then he’s interrupted by the villain Harvester. Can you guess what happens next? If you guessed a fight filled with witty banter, you’d be correct. This time, however, Deadpool loses, as Helder runs off through the crowd. Deadpool takes a moment to recover and then chases after Helder, who has just boarded a trolley. Razorfist attacks this time. Deadpool cuts off one of Razorfists’s arms and tosses it out the window of trolley, killing Harvester, who was following them. Razorfist tells Deadpool that he should have joined the Assassins guild, but Deadpool is anti-union, plus he says he only kills people that deserve it.
Razorfist says that Deadpool’s code of honor doesn’t amount to much when he’s working for a bad guy like Helder. Deadpool doesn’t want to hear that, so he grinds Razorfist’s head on the pavement outside the trolley, killing him.
Afterward, Deadpool asks Helder why the Assassins Guild wants him dead. Helder says he killed children. Deadpool calls Weasel and tells him he failed to save the client. He shoots Helder in the head. Looks like he has a code after all.
Later, Belladonna, leader of the Assassins Guild and ex-wife of Gambit, receives a report from her ninja underlings about Deadpool’s actions. She’s insulted by the whole thing and decides Deadpool needs to die. She orders a team of killers including the Harkspur Brood, Blackout, and Thenody, to
get killed by Deadpool next issue finish Deadpool once and for all.
The Bottom Line
Why is a Deadpool mini-series shipping twice a month? Does Marvel need money that badly? Pace yourselves, Marvel. There are only so many D-list villains to kill off, after all.
Alas, Nakh, we hardly knew you. Read Nakh’s first appearance in X-Force: Sex and Violence, the Wolverine and Domino porno, on Marvel Unlimited, kids!
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