Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Deadpool & the Mercs for Money, Volume 0: Merc Madness Review (Cullen Bunn, Salvador Espin)

Deadpool and his Mercs for Money - Stingray, Terror, Foolkiller, Slapstick, Solo, and Masacre (the Spanish Deadpool!) – find themselves in possession of a supposedly future-predicting robot. Do they use it to learn how to avoid mistakes in the present or help people prepare for the future? Nope, they tries to make bank by selling it to the highest bidding supervillain!

Generally Cullen Bunn’s a pretty good Deadpool writer but his Mercs for Money book is utter crap. The story is flimsy at best and full of pointless fighting, none of which is entertaining to read. There are also too many characters in this book. Besides Deadpool and Slapstick, the other characters are totally indistinguishable. Neither Stingray, Terror, Foolkiller, and Solo have distinctive personalities and Masacre is completely incomprehensible unless you can understand Spanish! 

I liked the Ozarks Kingpin who could easily be an Eric Powell character, and, once Deadpool and the Mercs joined the Highwayman (a vampire trucker), things slightly improved as it all went briefly Fury Road-ish. The Declan Shalvey covers are cool too. It’s not a lot of good stuff though and the book is mostly an unmemorable and unfunny bore. I like Deadpool but the Mercs for Money are the suck!

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