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Comic Review: Deadpool #23

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm by Heather Antos

Cover by Mark Brooks

Cover by Mark Brooks

Written By: Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan

Pencils By: Mike Hawthorne

Colors By: Jordie Bellaire

Published By: Marvel







The wacky Wade Wilson is back in this week’s release of Deadpool #23 – but things are tense after the recent mark placed on the merc’s headAnd if there’s one mutant you don’t want to double cross, it’s Deadpool. However, Agent Gorman of S.H.I.E.L.D. had done just that when he hired our favorite Merc with a Mouth, only to stiff him his fee, and now Agent Gorman wants Deadpool, well, dead. And with the recent cloud of “Doom & Gloom” that’s been hovering over him, not to mention still dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Preston trapped in his mind, Wade Wilson needed a new target to let out some of that pent up aggression….

Why not the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier along with Agent Gorman?

And since Agent Coulsen and Adsit are too busy trying to build a new robot body for Agent Preston’s living conscious, there’s no one to stop Deadpool from taking on Gorman and his cronies. 


Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan continue to prove that two heads are better than one when it comes to blending both humor and no-nonsense plot into one in Deadpool #23. Deadpool actually plays more of the ‘straight man’ in this chapter, while Gorman’s cronies bring in the hilarity. From scientists arguing over who’s created the most chemical warfare, to soldiers getting slimed Nickelodeon style, Posehn and Duggan allow some of the more minor characters bask in the spotlight for their five minutes of fame before Deadpool brings the ship down in flames.  There’s no between-the-lines subplot to dig out, only black and white action, which makes Deadpool #23 a very fun ride leading into the finale of the arc.


Mike Hawthorne continues to prove himself a more than capable artist in Deadpool #23. Since his time back doing pencils for the Deadpool series, Hawthorne has thrown in some very amusing panels. Readers will catch cleverly fun sequences happening with characters in the backgrounds of scenes amongst the center stage action. Jordie Bellaire plays a lot with the colorful lighting of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s hellicarrier, which makes for a very visually fun adventure for the eyes in Deadpool #23. Bellaire had to face the challenges of red light, red uniforms, and red blood, in this issue, all of which she succeeded in making stand out on their own.


If there’s one writing duo that really knows how to bring out some good old fashioned slapstick comedy in what would normally be a deadly serious premise, it’s writing team Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan. Paired with the fantastic artist skills of penciller Mike Hawthorne and colorist Jordie Bellaire, Deadpool #23 is a fantastic addition to any comic collection.

Story: 8/10

Art: 8/10

Overall: 8/10

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