Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Posehn, Duggan, Koblish & Staples
Jack Kirby is alive and well in this comic book. Deadpool periodically throws out a one-shot issue between arcs and this is one of those issues. Typically these issues place Deadpool in different eras and this one puts him in the 1960s and in a very much Jack Kirby setting and story. All of this adds up to a fantastic issue.
Obviously Deadpool is a niche character. He cracks a lot of jokes that are mostly one-liners and he makes a ton of popular culture references. It’s not the kind of comic book to be taken very seriously, most of the time. However, when done well, the comics will give a good plot and have the laughs peppered in lightly. This comic book is done in that fashion but with the twist of paying tribute to Kirby.
Deadpool is sent on a mission to find pieces of a puzzle. This is very similar to the Marvel Look and Find book where the reader searches for pieces of the Ultimate Nullifier weapon. This comic doesn’t hide the fact that it is literally a puzzle he’s looking for and he finds trouble at every turn.
The book makes use of many of the older, more Kirby like characters. I don’t want to spoil the fun but some of the characters that make an appearance I don’t believe have shown up in a comic book in twenty years or more. All of this makes the book a lot of fun while completely a rather hokey plot. Along the way Deadpool finds a bunch of creatures to fight and a lot of them are a good match for Deadpool. This all helps to keep the pace high while making there a surprise at every page turn.
The comic book adopts the silver age look extremely well. The panels, the coloring, the caption boxes are all right out of a comic book circa 1970. The comic even has background shading that mimics a well-worn comic book with some yellow paper action. The book is surprising detailed despite the homage to the Silver Age, which makes the book more of the Kirby-Silver Age than some random artist of the same time period. The book is a visual joy.
Deadpool time travels and finds himself on an adventure that requires some detective skills. The comic book is a great one shot that creates a Silver Age comic in the modern age. The character and the storytelling is an acquired taste but I bet if you pick this up you will be entertained and you close the cover with a smile on your face. These types of comics are pure fun.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles