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DEADPOOL: BLAH

DeadpoolThe character Deadpool intrigued me enough that I’ve been buying copies of the comic book, stashing them against the day that I take time to read them. I somehow managed to persuade myself that Deadpool is a mock superhero character — like DC’s Lobo — and since I like the idea of fooling around with the superhero concept, I thought I’d like the books. And I’ve been telling myself that I should sit down and read several to see what the fascination is. I finally did it. And what a disappointment.

I read three or four of them. That’s all I can take at one sitting. The books have very little plot or story. They seem to be nothing more than an excuse for this reckless, feckless masked man to careen around, creating havoc and mayhem on every page. That’s it. What’s amusing about that? Once or twice, maybe—but always?

Other superheroes show up, but Deadpool soon sucks them into the wholesale chaos.

Here’s a snatch of so-called dialogue between Deadpool and a superheroine:

Dead: “If the Hulk makes a stinky as the Hulk, is it bigger?”

She: “Are you twelve?”

Dead: “Nope.”

Unadulterated nonsense passing for wit. Every page is littered with this kind of meaningless smart-ass talk.

The Hawkeye vs. Deadpool books are occasionally interesting — when Gerry Duggan parodies the Hawkeye issue in which Hawkeye, momentarily deaf, talks in sign language or the issue all of which is seen from the dog’s perspective. But the parodies are surrounded by the usual unfunny claptrap. Mad’s parodies at least had some satiric point. Not this thing. Too bad.

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