Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool #6
Writer: Scott Aukerman
Penciller: Reilly Brown
Inkers: Rick Magyar, Le Beau Undewood, and Scott Hanna
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Mike Del Mundo
You know what I love? Superhero movies. You know what everyone complains about? Superhero movies. This love/hate relationship fans have with superhero movies is a fascinating one, and Spider-Man/Deadpool is going to address it head on, and NO franchise is safe. This issue isn’t taking itself seriously in even the slightest, so what does it have in store for us?
In “Number One On the Maul Sheet” The Salmon Stunt Man lets Deadpool know that Hollywood is making a movie about his life, and wants to invite him to the set for stuntwork. Since the Salmon Stunt Man assures Deadpool that he is in no way a super villain luring him into a trap, Deadpool agrees, but only if the movie is rated R. Deadpool finds someone that’s more familiar with Hollywood than anyone he knows, Spider-Man, and makes him associate producer. Can Spidey and Deadpool survive Hollywood long enough to finish the movie?
As crazy as that synopsis sounds, the story is just that much crazier. The entire book is a 4th wall break, and even though Spider-Man doesn’t outright do it himself it’s kind of ambiguous if he’s in on the joke or not. The entire book is a parody, even to the point of a Ryan Reynolds stand in, who’s a self absorbed movie star who only gets by on his looks. Although this issue starts as a Deadpool movie parody, it evolves into a superhero genre parody, and then takes it a step further to parody the state of blockbuster movies in general. They aren’t the only heroes at Hollywood, and every hero that appears satires their own state in movies. They also satire an non Marvel superhero movie which will either make you laugh or angry depending how much you agree with Rotten Tomatoes.
Almost every panel has a joke driving home the parody, almost to the point that I’m sure some will go over some readers heads. Some jokes are even hidden in panels behind other jokes, like the SHIELD Helicarrier from the Deadpool movie.
This is in no way canonical, and if you’re one of those readers that like your comics taken seriously and hate comedy, this isn’t the issue for you. For those looking for a good laugh as well as a smart commentary on super hero movies, this is a high recommendation. Just a word of advice, fanboys: it’s just jokes, people.