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Deadpool #14 - The White Man Cometh!


Can Deadpool, Iron Fist and Luke Cage stop the power of the White Man?!

The Good

So, there's a villain from the '70s who dresses like a pimp and goes by the name 'The White Man' because... well, he's really white. He was frozen back in that decade when Deadpool "teamed-up" with the Heroes for Hire. He's now free and if him blurting out a line like, "Why is it so hard for the White Man to get a cab in New York City?!" makes you laugh, then you're about to have a ridiculously great time with this issue. If not... well, then I guess you haven't been digging the humor in the book, and I have no idea why you're even reading this review.

Look, I'm a guy who loves his Deadpool with a lot of layers and a strong focus on why he's an anti-hero. The character had depth in the earlier years, made some great developments in CABLE & DEADPOOL and, of course, is seriously badass. There's no sign of that Deadpool in this issue whatsoever, but you know what? I couldn't care less because co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn do such a great job delivering an onslaught of laughs that it more than makes up for it. You'd think "The White Man _____" lines would get old, right? Well, they didn't for me. At all. This writing duo had me cracking up throughout the whole read. From Luke Cage absolutely loathing his connection to Wade to the White Man's defeat, I had a goofy smile planted firmly on my face virtually the entire time. It's a super silly issue crammed with so many big laughs. Besides, can you really expect a different kind of tone when you're dealing with an enemy like this?

Scott Koblish provides the art in the issue (along with Val Staples who does solid coloring as always) and slides right into the crazy chapter with no problem. His style draws similarities to both Mike Hawthorne and Tony Moore's, providing an animated and fun atmosphere, while also bringing it when it comes to the more violent elements of the book. He's more than capable of stepping up when it comes to a joke that relies purely on visuals (as seen by the guy discovering what's in his soup). Plus, his ability to make the kids adorable in even the most ridiculous events adds so more much levity to a few moments. There's something truly special about a group of adorable kids attacking a villain dressed like a pimp.

The Bad

I have some minor problems here and there but literally all of them can be countered with, "dude, it's an issue focusing on comedy, not logic."

The Verdict

Duggan and Posehn continue to do what they do best... and that's make me laugh like a fool. They successfully bring this absurd villain to the modern era and it makes for a wildly entertaining adventure which is every bit as enjoyable as the "lost issue." It's essentially slapstick and one-liners for a vast majority of the ride, but the conclusion switches things back into a more serious direction and has me legitimately curious to see how they'll handle the next issue. I love me some purely comedic Deadpool, but I really hope the next issue will be able to incorporate a more serious tone as well because the scenario certainly calls for it.