As Marvel does its best to return to pre-HoXPoX levels of market saturation, last week had five X-books for fans to choose from, so we hope you applied for one of those DC credit cards. In the event that you didn’t get to read them all, however, no worries. Your favorite weekly X-Men recap column is here to tell you what happened in all of them. Once done, we’ll choose the best one and name it the Wolverine’s Weiner X-Pick of the Week.
Now it’s time for: Deadpool #2!
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(W) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Chris Bachalo
DEADPOOL’S KINGDOM…IS CRUMBLING!
• As Deadpool tries to build up his new monster kingdom, he keeps running into obstacles.
Obstacles named CAPTAIN AMERICA and ELSA BLOODSTONE.
• But they are far from his only problems: There’s someone killing monsters, and their sights are set on those closest to Deadpool.
• Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown, particularly when it’s in the sights of one of the deadliest people in the Marvel Universe!
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
What happened in Deadpool #2?
Deadpool, who is now King of the Monsters and of Staten Island, is filming a commercial to attract tourists to his kingdom. Fart monsters and a Kraken ferry are some of the selling points, but the commercial goes off the rails when the Kraken eats a boat. Deadpool takes a break to meet with his Roundish Table of monsters, who have not figured out what happened to Deadpool’s second in command, Bellus, but do add that several other monsters have gone missing recently. Deadpool tells them to get back on track and film the commercial, and there’s a little bit of animosity between Deadpool and The Night Wolf.
In Manhattan, the man who hired Deadpool to kill the old King of the Monsters learns that he inadvertently made Deadpool the new king, and he’s not happy with Elsa Bloodstone over all of this. Elsa says she’ll take care of it. Back on the island, Captain America interrupts the commercial shoot to have a chat with Deadpool. He wants Deadpool to move the monsters out of Staten Island before a conflict breaks out and people die. Deadpool calls him out on worrying about people dying and not monsters, because Captain America is a dick. Cap protests, but Deadpool has a puke monster teleport him back home.
But then Kraven shows up with the bodies of all the monsters he’s hunted and killed. He’s here for Deadpool next. Deadpool and his crew give chase, but Kraven makes quick work of most of them. When Kraven throws a spear at Jeff the Land Shark, Deadpool dives in the way. Kraven is about to kill him when Elsa Bloodstone shoots him with a sniper rifle that appears to teleport him away or something. In any case, he disappears, leaving Kraven to face off against Jeff.
Was it any good?
Deadpool is an acquired taste for sure, and I would imagine difficult to write. He has an obnoxious personality, but how do you convey that without making him obnoxious to the reader? The team here is doing a good job of that so far, and it definitely helps to have Deadpool call out Captain America on his hypocrisy. Deadpool is at his best when, despite his antics, you can tell that he has more heart than the real heroes who so often look down on him. I’m looking forward to more of this.
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