If you are attempting to read Deadpool without knowing anything about this character, then you ain’t nothing but a jive turkey. That’s right, you’re dippin’ and dappin’ and don’t know what’s happenin’. So let me tell you the real deal. Deadpool is a mercenary. He is also a psychopath who talks to a voice in his head. He will walk up to you, tell you who placed the hit and then shoot you in the face. He’s witty, talks A LOT and annoys almost everyone, which pretty much sums up why he’s also called the Merc With a Mouth.
This issue is a blast from the past, the good ole days of the afro (my oldest brother still wears a ‘fro). Deadpool reads a Heroes for Hire ad in the newspaper, and decides to apply for the job in person. If you know Deadpool, then you know there was some ruckus when he arrived at the office. Actually it began BEFORE his arrival. He literally walks through the office door of Luke Cage, aka Power Man and Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist. They quickly become irritated and annoyed by Deadpool’s presence but the three of them team up to take down The White Man. Well, Power Man and Iron Fist were hired for the job. Deadpool pretty much hired himself.
WARNING TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: Deadpool is mentally unstable, and he is extremely violent. Please read with caution around your children. If Deadpool is involved, then so is violence.
I am still enjoying this Marvel NOW! title. Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are the creative writers of this funny, but violent series. I LOVE this throwback issue, especially Deadpimp. Deadpool is so hilarious. There were a few times where I said, “Will you shut up?” or “You talk extremely too much and too crazy!” This well written script is funny and is filled with page turners. If you weren’t born until after the 70’s then you won’t be able to appreciate this story to its’ fullest.
The creative art team consists of Scott Koblish (artist) and Val Staples (colors). These two did an amazing job. I love how the coloring of the page borders, especially the edges, replicate those of an aged comic. I like the afros, bell-bottoms, costumes and Deadpimp and The White Man’s pimp suits. And I love that pick in Deadpool’s hair on the cover!
I couldn’t help but reminiscence about the good ole days while reading this story. I was a child but I remember it well. My oldest sister had a white t-shirt that read, “Jive Turkey” on the front. I remember using the phrase, “I’m hip” (my brothers and I still use it occasionally) and my sister and I won dance contests (remember the dance called the “bump”). There were street parties, no disrespecting our parents or any other adults, and we played outside from sun up til sun down.
But enough of my shuckin and jivin. I’m getting ready to play some old school music. Parliament, Rose Royce, Ohio Players, KC and the Sunshine Band, and the Sugarhill Gang.
VERDICT (drum roll please)
I recommend this Marvel NOW! title to mature readers only.