Friday, 4 July 2014

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 (Duane Swierczynski, Pepe Larraz)


In a comic starring time-travelling mutants from the future and Deadpool fighting each other in the American revolutionary war, the most hard to swallow aspect is that a billionaire’s grandson was in the military and died. It’s the poor who get shipped off to die in the Middle East, isn’t it? 

Anyway, in the first Deadpool mini-series in a while that hasn’t been scripted by Cullen Bunn, Duane Swierczynski’s Vs title sees said billionaire sending X-Force back in time to stop Deadpool, whom he earlier sent back into the past to stop his grandson from being killed - except Deadpool went much further back in time and wound up in colonial America! That’s like the Marvel version of the rhyme about the old woman who swallowed a mouse and then swallowed a cat to catch the mouse. Must’ve been a descendant of Wade’s. 

So what’s the first issue like? Pretty fun. Deadpool fights revolutionaries with futuristic weaponry, plus he’s invincible, so they’re terrified of him and he’s having the time of his life. X-Force show up (minus a couple regulars but unless you’re an X-Force fan, you’re not going to notice), and they fire guns at one another. Not the most cerebral of comics but then Vs comics never are, are they? 

After fighting to a stalemate in this era, they (quantum) leap to the next scenario: civil war America! And that’s where the issue ends. 

Swierczynski’s got Deadpool’s voice down well and the issues as a whole flows neatly regardless of the time jumps. Pepe Larraz’s art is good too - Deadpool’s period outfits are great and the characters look as cool as ‘90s superheroes can. 

Decent art, decent script, decent comic. Deadpool Vs X-Force #1’s got nothing that’ll blow your mind as it’s not doing anything particularly original, but it’s got what you want from a Vs comic between these characters with some colourful changing backgrounds thrown in. Here’s hoping it only gets crazier going forward!

Deadpool Vs X-Force #1

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