Comic Review: Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe!

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"What if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool was actually just disturbing? What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe? And what if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you? The Merc with a Mouth takes a turn for the twisted as he puts ever Marvel hero in his crosshairs in a horror comic like no other!"

That is the setup for Marvel's "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe" published by Marvel Comics in graphic novel format in August of 2013. This relatively short book (clocking in at only 96 pages long) features fan-favorite character Deadpool (aka: Wade Wilson. aka: The Merc with a Mouth, stupid!) .... well, killing the entire Marvel Universe.

Yes that is correct, Deadpool kills all your favorite Marvel Characters. Spider-Man? Deadpool shoots his face off at point blank range beneath the chin. Thor? Deadpool uses Mjolnir against him thanks to some acquired Pym Tech. Hulk? Deadpool just slices Bruce Banners head off when he's not looking. Magneto? Deadpool traps him and unleashes a cloud of poisons gas, ouch considering the characters history of being forced into a concentration camp as a child.

Now take this formula and repeat it few more times, toss in a panel or two explaining the fate of some of the lesser characters and essentially you've got the entire story of "Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe"

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 THE GOOD: It's Deadpool in all his tongue and cheek, fourth wall breaking glory. It has a few legitimate laugh out loud moments, such as his encounter with The Punisher and early on in the book when Deadpool is talking to a therapist ("You mean like I tell you about my childhood and look at ink blots and stuff? HOT DOG! You know how long it's been since I had a good, old fashioned one-on-one therapy session? I mean... one that didn't end in gratuitous bloodshed? Where do I start?")

The artwork is pretty well drawn. You won't be blown away by any of the imagery but it does feature some pretty "gratuitous bloodshed" moments sprinkled throughout. Afterall it is not very often you are going to see Spider-Man laying lifeless in the streets, surround by a pool of his own blood.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD: It is an extremely straight forward story. Everything you need to know is in the books title. It's Deadpool. He kills the Marvel Universe. That's it. The reasoning behind his motives are laid out at the start of the book and from that point forward the story is sort of treated like a "greatest hits" album of Marvel heroes... getting killed off by Deadpool.

And it's not very long. As I mentioned the book (which originally spanned a four comic series) is only 96 pages long. At it's core "Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe" is a razor thin story that sticks around just long enough to be interesting but never really feels like it goes anyplace.

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READING BETWEEN THE LINES: The idea behind this book, Deadpool killing everyone and everything Marvel, sort of feels like a watercooler-esk style joke that started between a bunch of writers and artists. I imagine them slowly growing tired of the fact that no matter what they do to Wolverine he always has to come back ("But see... I already killed you once... and I bet you'll come back again and again no matter how many times I slaughter you. Your tendency to come back from the brink of death has nothing to do with your healing factor. Your mutant power isn't regeneration. It's popularity."). And one day jokingly wishing they could just kill everyone off for good.

It really seems to me like this is a story wrote by guys who have literally wrote every other comic book story imaginable and needed an outlet to release some of the frustrations that inevitable would come with being a comic book writer.

FINAL VERDICT: If you are a Deadpool fan like what I am, it is worth the read. It has enough decent "Deadpool Moments" to make it worth the price of admission as well as featuring a twist ending that could literally only work in a Deadpool story.

I like the fact that Marvel has the balls to publish a story in which all of its popular characters are not only murdered, but essentially torn limb from limb and left for dead in the most violent ways imaginable.

The story is short and not as fleshed out as I would have liked it to be but had it gone any longer the concept behind "Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe" probably would have ran a really high risk of overstaying its welcome.

"Deadool Kills The Marvel Universe" gets a 3 out of 5!

Hola, amigos! Deadpool here. The Merc with a Mouth and consommer of those glorious hard-shelled delights you mortals call tacos! How you all doing? Good? Great. That's grand. In the aforementioned review of "Me Killing the Marvel Universe" I thought one teeny-tiny kind of sort of important detail was left out.

That's not really me killing the Marvel Universe. I mean, it is me... but not the real me. Not the me talking to you right now. Which coincidentally isn't the real me either. This is an unlicensed version of me that we are going to keep as far away from Marvel's legal team as possible. But let's ignore that for a moment.

No, the me that kills the Marvel Universe is an alternative Deadpool. Because you know... comics. However never fear... spoiler alert... the story continues for another few issues before ultimately concluding with "Deadpool Kills Deadpool". In which I confront myself and finally put and end to the horrors I've created by killing myself for good. Maybe.

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