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Comic Review: Deadpool #21

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 3:00 am by Heather Antos

Dp21Written By: Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan

Pencils By: Mike Hawthorne

Colors By: Jordie Bellaire

Published By: Marvel





After the ending to our favorite Rengerate Degenerate’s last arc landed on a bit of a somber note, I became slightly concerned that the wacky Wade Wilson would continue narrating the next few issues with this new serious tone that began in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Never to fear, however, as writing partners Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan are back and better than ever after in Deadpool #21, as they start their new arc Deadpool vs S.H.I.E.L.D.

The living presence of Agent Preston (currently trapped in Deadpool’s mind) is more adamant than ever about getting out and into a body of her own, and is busy dragging our leading lad around for help from anyone who will give it- which allows a fun cameo from Doctor Strange himself! And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the Merc with a Mouth has to put off his mission of investigating the whereabouts of his supposed daughter as S.H.I.E.L.D. has put a price on Wade Wilson’s head, and a hefty chunk of change at that! This hit, of course, was put out as ‘unofficial S.H.I.E.L.D. business’ by the Tom Selleck look-a-like Agent Gorman, who we know from the first 6 issues of Deadpool

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Deadpool #21 brought about quite the sigh of relief as writing team Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan proved once again they are worthy of scripting the wacky Wade Wilson. However, Deadpool #21 brings out a new side of the character; he’s not as serious as he was in the last arc, but the wackiness isn’t quite back to how insane he used to be. It’s a nice touch to the series, for sure. But if you’re concerned that the humor hasn’t come back yet, look no further than the opening page, as we see a quite humorous Three Stooges-esque scene played out by Deadpool’s thoughts – as well as a scene later on featuring Agent Adsit having to play dress-up in a women’s lingerie shop in order to enter S.H.I.E.L.D offices. Posehn and Duggan have very cleverly come about a way to bring the whole series full circle in Deadpool vs S.H.I.E.L.D. and I am wholeheartedly looking forward to the rest of this arc.


It’s been a decent stretch since Mike Hawthorne’s pencils have graced the pages of Deapool, and he was surely missed! The art in Deadpool #21 is the best this series has seen in quite some time. Hawthorne’s action-packed pages guide the reader from panel to panel with the ease and grace of an esteemed comic artist, as he craftly plots out charismatic expressions in his characters. Jordie Bellaire’s colors are also some of the most fitting this series has to display in recent times, and though Bellaire’s pops of primary reds, blues, and yellows weren’t as fitting in Posehn & Duggan’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (due to darker tones in scripting), these colors perfectly matched the Merc with a Mouth’s latest adventures battling S.H.I.E.L.D.


Will Agent Preston ever get out of Wade Wilson’s brain and into a body of her own? Will Deadpool be able to keep off all the headhunters now after him? Deadpool #21 will make you ask those questions and many more. But the real question is: will Deadpool ever get those funds that Agent Gorman has withheld from him for killing those presidents way back when in issues 1-6? My guess it that that kind of cash will need to be taken by force – something I’m sure Wade Wilson wouldn’t mind doing himself.

Story: 9/10

Art: 9/10

Overall: 9/10

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    • Mike Hawthorne

      You are entirely too kind! Thanks! 🙂

      • Heather Antos

        Thank you!!! (And you’re welcome!)

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