on 7 May 2015
Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War, written by Duane Swierczynski (the writer of '2 Past Midnight') and illustrated by Jason Pearson, is a non-continuity story from the Marvel Knight’s imprint. And, following the imprint’s characteristic boiling down of a character down to his or her nature, this comic does exactly that. Want answers about Deadpool? Such as why he uses his red and black mask and why he even uses ‘Deadpool’ as a name? Whether his teammates really were given the names ‘Bullseye’, ‘Domino’, and ‘Silver Sable’? This comic gives just exactly that, and in the purest Deadpool fashion.
The story itself follows Deadpool going before the senate to talk about a massacre in Mexico he is thought to have been a part of, as well as being the only thought survivor of the event. There, he talks about having been a part of a super-secret government programme that gave him his regenerative powers together with his teammates, Bullseye, Silver Sable, and Domino. He talks about his childhood, time at the army, and the experiments to cure the cancer he was diagnosed with. He talks about the past missions he was sent to. All in all, all of his character story and past.
But is this really the truth and all there is to the story? In the truest character of Deadpool, this isn’t all there is to the story, and it is exactly what makes this comic stand out and gain interest. On the surface it seems just another utterly common plot with Deadpool-esque humour on top of it. Thankfully, this isn’t so, and ‘Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War’ goes straight to Deadpool’s nature. Though the story is a mess, if you look closely it all fits together in the most striking way, making this a definitely fun comic to read for any Deadpool fan.
This story is presented through a series of flashbacks presented from two different prespectives, and leaves it up to the reader to decide which one is the truth. Whether the over-the-top patriotic version told by Deadpool or the realistic one offered by the company which gave him his powers, ‘Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War’ combines supposed truths together expertly. Offering various versions of the same story without giving away any definitive answer about them, and though it doesn’t really manage to rise to any extraordinary level, it definitely isn’t bad. The art itself is good and reminiscent of past Deadpool comics, and holds true to them in a rather nostalgic way.
Would I then recommend ‘Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War’? Yes, but particularly to fans of the character who know previous things about it. Though this comic probably doesn’t work well as an introduction to Deadpool himself or people who don’t particularly like his character – there are better comics for that – this one certainly gives entertainment and offers a lot of introspection on the character in a very original way. Though it could have been presented in a very ‘normal’ way, the truth is left up to the reader to choose, and this is what definitely gives this comic an edge over other Deadpool-centred ones and made me enjoy it. It isn’t anything really extraordinary though, and if anything is a bit memorable instead. Though it will definitely be fun to read and will not leave you bored whilst you’re doing so.
on 20 September 2014
I fairly enjoyed this comic, but I didn't really believe any of it. Seems like it was just a page filler, making it up as it went along. I doesn't necessarily fit with much of the other Deadpool stories at the time as it's just a standalone, but seems like it's home would be more in the category of Alternate Universes?
on 24 May 2013
This book is definetly worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.