Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool, Vol. 1: Isn't it Bromantic Review (Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness)

Deadpool wants Spider-Man to help him assassinate Peter Parker – oh Deadpool you silly goose! 

Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness reunite after nearly 20 years since their first Deadpool comic together in ’97 with Spider-Man/Deadpool. Unfortunately it’s not nearly as fun as I’d hoped. 

The story is a flimsy excuse to get Marvel’s two most popular characters together and “quipping” at one another, which is actually what most of the book is, rather than have them appear in an entertaining, involving narrative. 

The calibre of the material obviously depends on the writer and Joe Kelly proves he just isn’t that funny. The comic reads like a bad open mic night where two irritating morons are trying to one-up the other with who can do the cringiest comedy. Both characters are known for their incessant “jokes” and together they create a constant barrage of the lamest humour against the reader that gets tiring very quickly. 

There’s really nothing else to say about this one. Deadpool winds Spider-Man up (hoho, usually it’s Spidey doing that to whoever he’s teamed up with), they fight villains, bad jokes abound, and that’s it. I didn’t laugh once and was bored almost immediately from the beginning to the end. 

Ed McGuinness’ art is brilliant but it’s little consolation for Joe Kelly’s laboriously overwritten and exhausting script. Maybe readers who enjoy Big Bang Theory/Adam Sandler-type comedy will be holding their sides reading this but I found Spider-Man/Deadpool to be disappointingly torturous!

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