Look, few characters can make me laugh as much as Deadpool. And Black Panther has become a world wide phenomenon since his movie. And hey, Deadpool has had some success on the big screen as well. So it's only natural that Marvel paired the two up for a limited series. And I honestly couldn't be happier. There has never been two more different characters put together and this first issue is more than a laugh. It's damn near a revelation.
This issue was beyond well written. And with a last name like Kibblesmith, you know Daniel was bringing everything that he could to the table. The book is written in a way that every corner cut, every bit of lazy dialogue, every panel is done with a purpose and deeper thought. Early on you see what kind of a person Black Panther is, then cut to Deadpool and you can see what kind of a clown he is. And because he'd Deadpool, the exposition is apart of his M.O and it's freaking hilarious.
How can you not get unhinged for not only a Darkwing Duck reference, but a Disney acquisition reference as well. Hell, we loved it so much we just dedicated have this article to a picture of the panel and are still talking about it. Just saying. Moving on, another thing Kibblesmith has done with the story is provide a GREAT reason for it to have happened. Something, I'm almost positive that Deadpool will have forgotten by the series' end, but it's all over a dying mail man. Willie Lumpkin, wrong place, wrong time, got hurt amidst Deadpool's battle with The Wrecker and the only way to save him is this experimental Vibranium therapy. You know, because of course it is. And cue theme music for misadventure.
Now this book doesn't just have Black Panther as the "top billing" as Deadpool so graciously put it. But it's drawn
as a Black Panther book as well. Ricardo Lopez Ortiz just gets it. This book is just fun to look at. Perfectly complimented by Sobreiro's colors. This is the type of art that inspires other artists to draw and upcoming artist to find their style. Because I've never seen a style like this before. This is a comic book that is drawn like one and that stays true to what Marvel comics, to me, has become so known for. Their books are fun and almost always a beauty to behold.
One of the most interesting parts of this book is that Shuri has created a gun called the "Star Cells" that shoots a laser that heals as it cuts. Well, Black Panther uses this weapon on Deadpool and the results are interesting. I don't want to ruin the big "hmmmm" moment. It shows Deadpool in a whole new light that may outshine the Merc.
And that last page, was just the icing on the cake. Just gorgeous lines with beautiful colors, from a team that clearly knows what their doing. If this issue isn't on your pull list. It should be. Nothing I grabbed this week is worth reading as much as this one is. Trust.
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