Posted January 21, 2014 by Alvin Minon in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: No Naked Sparkly Vampires in Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1!

Not another vampire story! Oh wait, it has Deadpool! And as he says, there’s no naked twinkly vampires here so I guess I’ll give this a shot. Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1 marks the start of the all-new 13-part Infinite Comic series featuring our favorite Merc with a Mouth.

We know by now that big things are coming his way in April *ehem*wedding*ehem* so we’ll have to see how The Gauntlet would affect some major changes for Deadpool. We’ve seen Wade Wilson kill vampires and all sorts of monstrosities but in this series we’ll see him deliver a package for Dracula, the Lord of Vampires himself! The duo of Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan makes sure that we’d get to see the Deadpool we know, the comical butt-kicking maniacal mercenary who’ll never fail to confront a bullet with a joke.

Right off the bat, Posehn and Duggan introduces Deadpool with ease. Readers are introduced to his skills during the gun battle aboard a helicopter, and his crazy healing factor when he takes out a bullet shot to his chest, spewing some funny lines in the process. We get to see his expressions that get through the mask, and also a peak at his disfigured face under it. But seriously, who the heck needs introduction for this chum? The helicopter crashes and the vampire messenger enters, we’re taken to some chase where we get to see how much of an annoyance Wilson could get and how chaotic things could get when you cross this guy.

As for the art, we get here the right recipe you’d expect from a Deadpool comic. While the Infinite comics is designed specifically for mobiles, it doesn’t really affect the fine job that Reilly Brown has done here, together with Jim Charalampidis‘ colors and Joe Sabino’s letters. There’s a lot of things to love here. First’s the sequences such as Deadpool’s bullet-spitting healing process and the chase. Then there’s also the theme song! It’s only Deadpool who’d get a James Bond-ish theme song complete with an opening sequence and credits and character profiles! Good thing Sabino’s yellow balloons match up with the chaos and oddity in this comic.

Maybe the sequences are part of the digital compatibility the series is going for but it sure does look well with Deadpool. I just noticed I’m getting sucked into the pace while reading and laughing at the jokes and getting mesmerized by how each page looks. As the mini Deadpool in the intro says, the digital copy’s worth it with all its new stuff. The story might not be that compelling yet at this point but I think it’ll be interesting to see how it’ll roll out, conducive to the events to happen this summer. Chimichangas!

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Check out Infinite Comics’ chimichangas! Grab your copy of Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1 from the nearest Comic Odyssey branch!


Alvin Minon