Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Death of Wolverine: Captain America & Deadpool #1
Duggan, Kollins & Staples
Out of nowhere comes the thirty-page, five-dollar, one-shot comic book dealing with the death of Wolverine. It’s actually pretty good too. Deadpool and the old Captain America take on a small mission to retrieve a knife that has some of Wolverine’s blood on it. The idea being that they want the knife rather than it being used to produce an army of Wolverines by an enemy. The comic contains some action and some jokes but for the most part feels like a natural progression of how these two characters might deal with the death of someone they weren’t necessarily friends with but respected. It’s worth a look for sure.
Deadpool and Captain America are cleaning out Wolverine’s Avenger mansion room while having a light talk. Eventually the mission presents itself and off they go, just the two of them. The dialogue isn’t particularly deep but it does bring in some flashbacks, which are fantastic. The book stays in character and doesn’t try to break the mold in terms of the relationship these two have with each other.
The other nice element here is they discuss the option of trying to bring back Logan using the same knife and the blood on it. This is, again, natural and works well within the confines of the issue. Neither are scientists, so it would make sense that the dialogue stays light on the subject.
Eventually the pair ends up getting to their mission destination. It’s nothing crazy and neither has some sort of “come to Jesus” moment but the book reads extremely well. In the end Deadpool grapples with some of the topics discussed in the issue and it puts a nice bow on the comic. The plotline could have legs in future issues.
The only downside is getting a handle on Deadpool’s personality. While Duggan co-writes the regular series, you can see that the balance is tricky. Pulling off a serious comic is fairly difficult given the character but putting too many jokes in a single issue makes the comic book goofy. This one has some oddly placed one-liners. Adding a joke in the middle of some normal dialogue was throwing off the rhythm of the book. It was difficult at first to determine which Deadpool we were getting in this comic.
The artwork is solid. The book has detailed pencils with a wide color palette on top of them. The book gives a nice emotional feel to the story without coming across as sappy. Overall, the art is a great visual story unto itself.
This is the kind of one-shot that will sneak up on you. You probably pass this by on the rack but this comic is well worth stopping and at least looking at the first few pages. This is a very good self-enclosed story that definitely captures the best of the Captain America-Deadpool-Wolverine dynamic. I suggest giving this a shot despite the price point.
4.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles