Review: Spider-Man / Deadpool #2
Spider-Man / Deadpool #2
Written by Joe Kelly
Art by Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Jason Keith
Deadpool and Spider-man team-up again, much to the chagrin of the latter, to take on the demented evil of super-villain… Peter Parker? That’s right, folks! Deadpool has it under good authority that good ol’ dorky Peter Parker is actually a super-villain controlling Spider-man. Guess the only thing to do is try to convince Spider-man to help take the maniac down. Things basically go about as well as you can imagine. Miles Morales guest-stars in this issue as well just for fun.
Deadpool has always been a character that works best when he is more than just a joke machine. There needs to be some depth, some inner anguish or turmoil to give the random jokes some meaning. This is why some books ultimately fail and become nothing more than Reddit click bait, like Daniel Way’s run, while other books genuinely manage to move readers and give them a character worth caring about, like in Remender’s Uncanny X-Force. In my opinion, no writer has ever been better at giving Deadpool depth than Joe Kelly. Yes, Deadpool still makes a joke about anything and everything, but this is just to hide the fact that Deadpool desperately craves Spider-man’s acceptance and just a little bit of credibility. While he does joke all day, Wade does have an extremely large dark side which is also prominent towards the end of this issue as well. Some writers just get characters and Joe Kelly gets Deadpool.
With all of this said, Joe Kelly is no slouch when it comes to Spider-man either. Both men share equal billing on the title of Kelly spends just as much time with the web head as he does with the Merc with a Mouth. Spider-man is just as torn as Deadpool, but in a completely different way. If you read Dan Slott’s run on Amazing Spider-man, then you probably have a basic idea of Peter’s dilemma. It is hard to run an international multi-million dollar company, be Spider-man, and keep your shirt clean all at the same time. Pile on top of that an annoying presence like Deadpool that will not leave Peter alone and you can easily see why Peter is so frustrated all the time. There is just good character work all around in this issue.
Ed McGuinness is just simply fantastic. I have no complaints with his work at all. The line work is on point, his facial work is excellent, and the flow of action is really easy to follow. You can just flip through this issue without looking at any of the words and basically follow the entire plot, which is really impressive.
While the character work is impressive to say the least, the actual story could use some work. I like where the story is heading and the final few pages had some really great potential, but this issue in particular fell a little flat to me. The story wasn’t bad, but I definitely would have liked more. This issue will be read better in trade where you can instantly move from this issue to the next where there will hopefully be more meat on the bones. Kelly has my interest piqued with his great character work, now he just needs to execute a fantastic story worthy of that work and this book will be a classic.
Joe Kelly puts in some solid character work in Spider-man/Deadpool #2. Now he just needs to give these characters a story worth while to be in and this book would instantly become a modern classic in the making. Ed McGuinness also delivers some fantastic art here. All in all, I will consider this one a winner.
Story: 3.5 out of 5
Art: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
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