Weapon X #23 Review: Deadpool is a Comic-Killer

Posted by September 11, 2018 Comment

Weapon X #23
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Writers: Greg Pak and Fred van Lente, Artist: Yildiray Cinar, Color Artist: Frank D'Armata, Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna, Cover by: Rahzzah, Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen and Anthony Gambino, Editor: Chris Robinson, X-Men Group Editor: Jordan D. White, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Deadpool is working for Mentallo and attacks Weapon X. Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Domino, Mystique, and Omega Red struggle to contain him. Deathstrike injects him with nanites to combat Mentallo’s control, but it turns out that Wade is working for money willingly. That means that Weapon X must take him down the old-fashioned way. Maybe Frail can help. On top of everything, Mentallo has one last surprise for everyone present.

Weapon X #23 cover by Rahzzah
Weapon X #23 cover by Rahzzah

Deadpool really is a comic-killer.

Weapon X has had trouble maintaining a consistent quality baseline, with some issues being nigh-unreadable while others are a genuine joy to read. Weapon X #23 falls closer to the first category.

I’ve been this horse to death and back, but Wade Wilson just isn’t funny. Humor is subjective, yes, yes, I know, but damn if the air isn’t sucked out of the room every time I see a yellow dialogue bubble in this comic. Seeing Sabretooth tear him up and Frail pound him into paste isn’t enough to justify the weak meta-references and lawl-so-random dialogue that brings the momentum to a grinding halt.

The final surprise from Mentallo is fairly dumb and baffling. It doesn’t add anything to the comic and raises more questions than it answers. It also betrays the concept of a classic X-Men villain.

Also, Mystique just seems to drop out of the comic halfway through. She just disappears.

Weapon X #23 art by Yildiray Cinar and Frank D'Armata
Weapon X #23 art by Yildiray Cinar and Frank D’Armata

Yildiray Cinar is still a very talented artist and gives this book a better treatment than it deserves. The artwork is phenomenal, and the new costumes for “Weapon X-Force” look great. The gore and action are solid. Frank D’Armata brings a bold and popping color palette. The book looks far better than it reads.

Weapon X #23 is another bafflingly unentertaining issue from what could be one of the best X-books on the market. The talent and cast are all there; it’s just that the dialogue is pretty bad, the pacing is minimal, and Deadpool is present. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend this one. I’d suggest giving it a pass.

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(Last Updated September 11, 2018 5:10 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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