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Comic Review: Deadpool Annual #1

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 6:53 am by Heather Antos

520a6c38a6a5bWritten By: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker

Pencils By: Evan Shaner

Colors By: Veronica Gandini

Published By: Marvel






If you thought Deadpool’s multiple personalities were bad when S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Preston got added into the mix during the recent “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly,” just imagine what happens when a character just as wacky as Wade Wilson himself gets stirred into the stew! That’s exactly what happened in Deadpool Annual #1, and it was a very interesting annual issue, indeed.

The annual takes place some five or six issues before Secret Invasion, so like most Annuals, it basically lies within continuity completely outside of what is currently happening. This is fairly typical of Annuals as the studios like to bring in writers and artists from outside the norm to try their hand at these cultural icons – and this creative team did not disappoint.


Writing team Ben Acker and Ben Blacker took two of Marvel’s craziest character’s and meshed their brains into one. The script starts the madness right away with Deadpool preparing an assassination while complaining about the high hero population in Hell’s Kitchen, when Madcap himself comes to join in on the fun. The idea to combine two immortal and insane characters who even drive each other madder than themselves was a fun choice for this issue – as was the decision to have them regenerate into the same body once Thor’s lightening charred both Madcap and Deadpool into a pile of ash. But what happens when Madcap takes control of Deadpool’s body and starts spreading insanity to the other Marvel characters? Why, Deadpool simply gets ripped in half! Acker and Blacker took both Wade Wilson’s and Madcap’s insanity in stride, I just wished the madness was able to continue on for more than one issue as so much crazy made the issue confusing at times.

Artist Evan Shaner had his hands full, penciling in both what was taken place in reality versus the craziness inside of Deadpool’s head. So much was going on, in fact, that I found myself having to reread the pages just to make sure I caught everything. Shaner’s pencils displayed the action for Deadpool Annual #1 quite will, with a humorous point of view at times. However, Deadpool’s expressions themselves were often hard to come by, as making a man in a full mask show emotion can be difficult. I recognized Veronica Gandini’s colors right away from her most recent work on Cullen Bunn’s Deadpool Kills Deadpool, and has always been impressive with her skill filling in the Merc with a Mouth.


Being responsible for an annual issue I think is one of the most difficult tasks in comics. The writer is challenged to take on a character’s story and complete an arc within one issue. The artist, while trying to not stray horribly far from the usual series’ art style, still has to try and invoke a bit of themselves within their pencils. The creative team behind Deadpool Annual #1 handled this task with ease and I’m very curious to see what else they have up their sleeves on their other projects. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I encourage any fan of the series to check out the interesting happenings in Deadpool Annual #1.


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