The story running through issues #7-12 of Marvel Now’s new Deadpool series is collected as Deadpool - Volume 2: Soul Hunter (Marvel Now)
. This is only my second Deadpool solo collection, the other being his Secret Invasion volume – though I have bumped into him in the new Thunderbolts series and the last X-Force series – despite reading Marvel comics since the early ‘Sixties, I have managed to mostly avoid him. However, this is an entertaining story, despite being a continuation from the previous volume, with a number of new supporting characters and a few desperate situations in need of resolution. Issue #7 is a flashback of sorts, to the 1980s, when Deadpool is recruited by a demon to get Iron Man drunk (again). This includes fake 1980s artwork and even a Deadpooled advert from the period. The reason for this appears to be the demon, whom Deadpool manages to outwit over the small-print in the contract, as this will affect the plot in the present story, who now wants Deadpool to collect the souls of half-a-dozen people who under contract, including Mike the Magician, who is now part of Deadpool’s entourage, along with the ghost of Ben Franklin, and is the best chance for getting the currently dead Agent Preston out of Deadpool’s brain, where her mind has taken refuge. Anyway, there is lots of killing, maiming, humour and entertainment, as the crew have to outwit the demon while not losing anyone to Hell or death. Yeah, well, best laid plans etc.
This really was an entertaining story, with some excellent artwork and humour, both verbal and visual. Despite starting in the middle of a story, it was easy to work out what was going on, and who did what, and I shall be definitely following this series in my local library.