The Despicable Deadpool, Vol. 1: Deadpool Kills Cable
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Scott Koblish, David López, Matteo Lolli, and Mike Hawthorne
Published by Marvel
Released March 2018
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This collection of Despicable Deadpool issues 287-291 has been sitting on my graphic novel/comic bookshelf for at least a year. I finally decided to pick it up in order to complete the “read a book in one place” challenge for the 2019 Reading Rush.
While I enjoyed the first Deadpool movie (I still haven’t made time to watch the second one), I’ve had a very love/hate relationship with Deadpool in comics. Part of that has been because of the movie. Ever since the film was released, Marvel has been writing Deadpool to be sillier and meme-y, and it’s gotten old very quickly. I tend to avoid modern Deadpool comics because I haven’t found one that I’ve liked very much.
This collection, Deadpool Kills Cable, is just what it sounds like. Deadpool is hired by Stryfe to kill Cable. It’s hard to talk about the plot without giving away spoilers, so we’ll just get right into the review.
The one part of this collection that I enjoyed was the art style. There are several artists that worked on this series (see above), and they’re all great. Here are a couple of examples:
Although the art was great, I can’t say the same about the story. In a lot of places it was just a confusing mess, and even as someone who loves comic books and reads them frequently, there were definitely spots in this collection where I was just staring at the page trying to figure out what in the hell was going on.
This would not be a good collection for someone new to Marvel comics or Deadpool. You do need to be familiar with Cable and Deadpool’s backstory and history in order to enjoy this comic book series.
If you’re looking for Deadpool comics to read, I’d suggest skipping this collection and going straight to the older Deadpool comics.