Night of the Living Deadpool

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When the Merc with the Mouth Deadpool awakens from a chimichanga induced coma he finds the world he knew to have been overrun by the undead. Collects Night of the Living Deadpool 1-4.

Deadpool has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters. I’m extremely partial to the more sarcastic characters, thus why Deadpool’s held his place as my favorite for so long (just barely inching out Spiderman). In the early years he more just a villain, added in as a little joke towards DC villain Slade Wilson (thus Deadpool’s name of Wade Wilson). As he was fleshed out over the years he became more of an antihero…of sorts. While often trying to do the right thing, his methods are more brutal than the other heroes care for themselves. Add in the fact that he isn’t above taking a less than “heroic” job as long as the price is right and the man isn’t too popular among the other characters that populate the Marvel Universe. That’s okay because over the years his favoritism among readers has grown immensely, and so Marvel has gotten to do some great things with him, fleshing him out further, and giving us what might just be one of the greatest Marvel characters ever created, at least to those of us who enjoy a lot more insanity in our characters. The one thing I’ve been missing is a truly great Deadpool zombie story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Headpool (the still talking, severed head of a zombified Deadpool) who was introduced in Marvel Zombies and played a large part of the Deadpool Corps and Merc with a Mouth storylines, but I didn’t feel Headpool was a fully focused Deadpool/Zombies story. Now my wishes have been granted with Night of the Living Deadpool.

We begin with Deadpool waking up after going into a massive food coma. It seems the Merc with the Mouth had far too many chimichangas and passed out for a few days. When he wakes he finds the city looking completely deserted, with not a soul in sight. Covering the ground are discarded newspapers claiming that the dead now walk (with the Bugle blaming it on Spiderman because of course it has to). He seems to believe it to be a prank but has vague memories of a few hints he might have missed, hints like people being bitten, corpses walking around the graveyard, people fleeing the scene of a man being consumed by others, and even blatant news reports talking about the wave of homicides that have seen people eaten alive. Still, Deadpool, being as single minded as he is, chose to ignore all that and focus on his chimichanga obsession instead, leading him to his current loneliness. That loneliness is quickly ended when he’s attacked by a lone zombie, who while remorseful for his actions (these zombies talk, but I’ll get to that in a bit) cannot stop what his body is doing. Deadpool dispatches the lone zombie but the gunfire brings a whole host of others. Lucky for him a small group of survivors manage to get him out of there before we find out exactly how fast his body can heal from multiple bites, and they explain a bit more about what’s happened. Seems that with the exception of a few still living survivors here and there, the living dead have overrun the planet, even the heroes have all fallen trying to defend Earth. That means that humanity’s last, um, “hero” is none other than the Merc with the Mouth. Humanity just might be doomed.

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{Then again…}

This might be up at the top of my favorite Deadpool stories of all time, not only does it add the undead into the mix and pit my favorite character against my favorite character types, but the story was a well written, enjoyable read ,and the artwork was absolutely amazing. Shouldn’t be too surprised as writer Cullen Bunn wrote my other favorite Deadpool series, the Deadpool Killology (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, and Deadpool Kills Deadpool) in which an alternate version of the Merc with a Mouth goes on a rampage killing not only his own universe’s heroes and villains but branching out to kill every other fictional character he can get his hands on, including other versions of himself. While the Killology will always remain one of my favorites comic series of all time (not just of Deadpool but period), Night of the Living Deadpool ranks up right next to it.

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{Always a stylish killer}

Deadpool is in top form for his fight against the undead. Not only does he take them out in some rather brutal, yet always stylish, ways, but he knows just what to say when he does. I’ve always loved his lines, the sarcastic, hilarious way in which he speaks, but he really has some great things to say against the zombies perpetually trying to eat him, and the living as well. His wittiness had me smiling from cover to cover. It’s never outright comedic, but it is very humorous and clever. Don’t expect a lot of laughs, well, maybe just a few, but definitely expect some wry smiles as you read through. You can also expect a few non zombified characters for Deadpool to deal with, some allies, some enemies, but I’ll let you see those for yourself. Don’t want to ruin anything for you after all.

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{Also expect to have a major chimichanga craving}

The story was a great road too. If I had one complaint it’s only that I wanted more of it, not that it’s short, just so good I didn’t want to have to stop reading it. It was a well put together story that used several common zombie tropes while adding in a few new ones all its own. Things like the aforementioned talking zombies. They don’t talk because they still have their intelligence or humanity about them but because there is a small spark of who they were left inside of them, a spark that will slowly fade as time goes on. Actually gave the zombies a new aspect to them. It was almost sad to think of what these creatures might still feel, or at the very least think they feel. The story was also fast paced and constantly kept me stuck in the story, I couldn’t put it down once I started. I liked the little hints to other zombie films dropped in there too. Throughout the comic there are nods toward more than a few zombies films like Night of the Living Dead (Deadpool imagining himself riding a rocket meant for Venus), Evil Dead (Deadpool at a familiar looking Cabin where he doesn’t seem to care for the voices asking him to “Join Us”), Shaun of the Dead (anyone need a case of beer from The Winchester), and others. It gives the reader more reason to read through it again as not all are immediately apparent, those are just some of the more obvious ones. There’s even a few little things hidden in the artwork that you might not catch on your first read. Not things pertaining to zombie films, just things about various characters that I caught as a read through it (like the Bugle blaming Spiderman for the zombie menace as they’re want to blame everything on him).

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{His logic is flawless}

Lastly there was the amazing artwork and color scheme that gave this an old school feel with a new school look. The comic is presented almost entirely in black and white with the one exception being Deadpool (for the most part). They do some very interesting things in playing with that color scheme, changing it from time to time to fit certain story elements and draw the reader further into the comic. I went back and forth on stating some of what they do as they work extremely well, and I thought it was immensely creative, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do it that wouldn’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read this yet. I can’t explain what they did without spoiling certain things for you, and as awesome as this series is I really don’t want to spoil anything. I loved the almost rated R feel to the comic as well, though I never thought greyish blood could look so graphic. Kudos on how awesome this looks. Not to mention the covers are amazing, very much enjoyed those.

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{Just an example}

All in all, this is one that fans of zombies or Deadpool are going to love. Hell, I’d venture that even if Deadpool isn’t one of your favorite characters, I think you’re still going to enjoy the read.

 

The Undead Review

 

Published By: Marvel Publications

Written By: Cullen Bunn

Artwork By: Ramon Rosanas

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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