Deadpool MAX #1
By Zak Edwards
Oct 10, 2010 - 21:55
Writer(s): David Lapham
Penciller(s): Kyle Baker
Letterer(s): Clayton Cowles
Let's get one thing clear: I'm not a fan of Deadpool. He kind of annoys me, to be honest, and whenever he is injected into a storyline he seems to mess with tone for the sake of poor comedy. But the idea of Deadpool without a censor and with David Lapham at the helm has me very excited. Those familiar with Lapham's more uncensored and surrealist stories (Amy Racecar, Young Liars) will likely have done what I have and gone to pick this up. I figured, at the very least, Lapham could make fun of the Deadpool character by using the actual character, making him far worse of a superhero than he already is. The first issue of Deadpool MAX does not disappoint inthis or really in any capacity, probably because of Lapham's use of a narrator other than Deadpool to show the funniest moments through complaints of a handler rather than the usually poorly executed, fourth-wall breaking narration provided in many of the character's other endeavours. As the name implies, this is Deadpool without a gag. There's swearing, drunk and disorderly conduct, and decapitations galore,so maybe look it over before leaving it out for the young comic lovers to discover.
And Kyle Baker's art is fun and ridiculous as well. While I'm usually quite critical of the exaggerated physiques of superhero genre, but in this context, it's hilarious. Probably because the book is filled with far more men than women, many of which are nearly nude, and the exaggerated artwork is pointing to the objectification of women through the objectification of men. I know this won't last (a female nurse, or a stripper in a nurse outfit, is gracing the cover of the next issue) but the commentary, however unintentional, is quite clever. The colouring is a little strange, very bleached with light, but is very effective when contrasted with much of the material, as if a kids show decided to just scar a bunch of children on it's final episode before cancellation. The exaggeration works well with a fully (and permanently) masked protagonist, conveying thought and emotion with relative ease without making the mask try to smile. Kyle Baker handled all of the art, from inking to colouring, no small feat in a world where just pencilling is the strandard, very well done.
Grade: A- Great fun and looking to get even better!
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