Friday, July 3, 2015

Deadpool: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi

Creators: Daniel Way (author); Paco Medina and Carlo Barberi (illustrators)
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: June 17, 2009
 Collects issues #1-5

The Merc with a Mouth is back, even deadlier and more deranged than before! The planet has been invaded by Skrulls, everything's gone topsy-turvy... but, in Deadpool's world, that just means it's Monday! Crazy times call for crazy men, but c'mon, this guy's insane! Like it or not, Deadpool may be the only person on the planet who can save us... but who's to say he wants to? An explosive debut story by writer Daniel Way (Wolverine: Origins, Ghost Rider, Bullseye: Greatest Hits) and fan-favorite artist Paco Medina (New Warriors, New X-Men)! Deadpool: His madness is his method! You won't want to miss it!

This was my first introduction into the Marvel comic universe. I've seen pretty much all of the Marvel movies, but I've always been curious as to what the characters are like in the comics. I had my pick of so many different characters, issues, and series, so why did I pick Deadpool? Well why not; I like that he's not a typical superhero. He has flaws (many of them), has a tragic backstory that I hope to learn more about in the future, and although his methods are pure madness, he always seems to accomplish whatever it is he's after.

The first part of this book sees Deadpool trying to destroy a bunch of invading aliens (the Skrulls) by infiltrating from within. As expected it was extremely amusing; I especially enjoyed the part where he's training the mini Deadpool army that was created from his DNA. Obviously they weren't completely aware of how insane he is, otherwise they wouldn't have thought making a bunch of clones of him was such a good idea. It definitely provided for some laughs. The thing that ruins their plans for global domination was completely unexpected. It revealed something about Deadpool that I hadn't previously known and it made for such a great twist. Moral of the story: don't use Deadpool in your crazy schemes, because it's bound to backfire.

The second part of the book involves a missing wife, a questionable plastic surgeon, and zombies. Quite the combination; it was amusing and horrifying, often at the same time. We even get to see Deadpool without his mask, which wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought he would be completely disfigured; while he wasn't exactly handsome, he looked fairly normal. Either I'm mistaken or they've decided to change his appearance in these newer comics.

The very end of the book contained a section called Deadpool Saga that details the evolution of the character. It was a very quick overview, but it at least attempted to catch me up on all the major events up until the present (at the time of publication of this book anyway). 

I really never thought I would like Marvel comics, and I know not all of them will appeal to me, but Deadpool: Secret Invasion was incredibly entertaining. Can't wait to read more in this series!

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