Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe again #1
DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 BY CULLEN BUNN, DALIBOR TALAJĆ, GORAN SUDŽUKA AND MIROSLAV MRVA
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DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 is an exciting alternate reality tale featuring the Merc With A Mouth. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajić create an engaging tale about a hero slaughtering Marvel heroes against his will.
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DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 seemed, when first announced, like an unnecessary miniseries. Deadpool already killed the Marvel Universe before. Well, writer Cullen Bunn, artist Dalibor Talajić, and colorist Miroslav Mrva prove with DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 that some stories should be told again. From the get-go, the book is very different from the first miniseries. Bunn writes an excitingly violent first issue which raises new questions as well as assuages any fears about this book retelling the same story. Talajić and Mrva create a fun and frightening contrast between the dark and gritty realism of this alternate reality and the bright, comic-booky hallucinations Deadpool sees when he starts killing the Marvel Universe… again.

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 Starts Off with a… Stab

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 begins strikingly with the shot of bloody cards, broken glass, and broken wooden posts, as well as a bloody body, strewn about a New Orleans bar. We then see it’s Gambit lying on the bar, impaled by what looks like a pool cue, with his trademark playing cards shoved into his blood spattered mouth. He looks like he died frightened.

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DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 page 2. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Bunn creates a tense opening scene for the book. Sure, we probably know who killed Gambit since his name is right there on the cover. However, why Deadpool presumably killed Gambit is a mystery. Did he go insane again and decide to kill everyone on a whim like last time? All we know is that some shadowy figures, including an X-Man, deduce while looking at the body that whoever killed Gambit enjoyed doing it. Bunn already leaves the reader hooked after page one. I couldn’t wait to turn the page and read on.

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Old Man Logan… Young Man Wade?

As DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 progresses, we learn that Deadpool and the Uncanny Avengers invade AIM Island to interrogate MODOK about these mysterious superhero killings. MODOK whispers a trigger phrase in Wade’s ear, and suddenly Wade goes catatonic. After a few moments, he blasts MODOK with a bazooka then starts seeing everything in incredibly bright colors.

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DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 page 6. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Bunn draws parallels with Mark Millar’s OLD MAN LOGAN story-arc. Wade starts hallucinating and sees his Uncanny Avengers teammates as bizarre, messed-up versions of themselves. It seems like, to Wade,  they’re the “Anti Uncanny Avengers,” and he hacks them up. Much like Mysterio’s illusions in OLD MAN LOGAN, Wade keeps getting tricked into killing his allies. However, unlike Logan, a small part of Wade knows what he’s doing while he’s doing it. As he heads toward his teammate Synapse, she tells him she has to shut him down. He agrees and pleads with her to do it. Unfortunately, the trigger word proves stronger than his willpower, and he kills her before she can help.

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 Proves It’s Different

With this premise, Bunn creates a completely different take on Deadpool killing off the Marvel Universe. In the first series, Wade had a mental break and just decided to kill everyone. In DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1, Wade gets forced into killing against his will. He even leaves calls for help before, during, and after killing his targets.

This proves the story’s worthiness in being told. Much like the WHAT IF series, it asks what if Deadpool was forced to kill his allies against his will? Will Wade break free of his mind control? What will happen to him if he does? Bunn masterfully tells a Deadpool tale that tragically fits his character. For years, Wade wanted to prove he was more than just a hired gun. He wanted to be a hero. Now an Avenger, Wade loses his hero status after someone takes it by force.

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Changing Colors

Talajić and Mrva beautifully portray the difference between the real world and Wade’s fantasy world. In the real world, Mrva colors everything with dark, muted tones and everyone looks, more or less, realistic. For instance, Talajić draws Wade as a guy with a pretty realistic body-figure in a baggy suit.

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DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 page 12. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

When Wade starts hallucinating, though, everything changes. Mrva fills the world with, as Wade himself says, “bright, primary colors.” Talajić expertly draws everyone in a highly cartoony style. Wade’s outfit clings to his body. Wade looks more muscular than he did in the real world. Even blood looks cartoony. Mrva colors the blood in a dark pink/light red which makes it look like a light, cream-based tomato sauce rather than, well, blood. Talajić and Mrva cleverly portray the two “worlds” completely differently, not only signifying what is and isn’t a dream but also showing just how deluded Wade becomes.

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1: A Must Read for Deadpool Fans.

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 proves its worth as a great Deadpool story. It stays true to his character while showing him commit horrible atrocities he otherwise never would in the main Marvel Universe. Bunn writes an engaging story that adds a twist to the premise of Deadpool slaughtering heroes and villains. Talajić and Mrva make the book stand out whenever the art switches from the real world to Wade’s hallucinations. If you love Deadpool, but you’re on the fence about the book, you should pick it up. If you love alternate reality stories or if you loved the first DEADPOOL KILLED THE MARVEL UNIVERSE miniseries, this is the book for you.

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