Black Panther vs. Deadpool #4 Review

Written by: Daniel Kibblesmith
Art by: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Felipe Sobreiro, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 30, 2019

I have really enjoyed this mini since it started and will still go on the record as saying this is my favorite Black Panther book coming out right now. Sure, it’s not changing the world or anything, but it’s not trying to and that may be why I like it. Anything Deadpool is in is going to rely on the joke factor and as long as a majority of the jokes hit, I call it a success. So, is this issue a success? Let’s find out…

We start off right away with a couple straight-up jokes about the Avengers and while Deadpool is veering off into Dad Joke Land here, I am a dad so… In case you haven’t been reading the series, we then get the classic Marvel recap/credits page with enough information to get you caught up with the rest of us, though I suggest you go read from #1 anyway.

Now that we are all up to speed, the story continues with Black Panther putting Wade’s head back on his body and after some more inside baseball type comic book jokes, the fight is on. Really, this series has been all about the fighting/team up back and forth of the characters and this is not very different. Ricardo Lopez Ortiz’s art makes it all gritty fun, though, and combined with the funny back-and-forth battle chatter, I had a smile on my face almost the whole time.

Not to spoil anything, Deadpool uses a teleporter, gets a kickass new costume (Pantherpool!) and then pulls off the biggest heist in Marvel Comics history kind of by accident, but I am sure that T’Challa won’t really see it that way! If you live in Paramus, I hope you are not squashed right now!

This was another funny issue that according to my formula up above, was a success. Jokes about breaking the Fourth Wall vs Narration, the redundancy of superhero names and even a Ta-Nehisi Coates name drop all were really good and while the story did feel like it was just putting some pieces of the puzzle in place for the finale, I had fun reading it. I am a fan of Ricardo Lopez Ortiz’s art and it fits this story and the characters so well. I can’t wait for next month!

Final Thoughts:

This was another fun issue of Black Panther vs Deadpool and while the actual story pretty much followed the standard formula of the series, I had a smile on my face while reading it. There are jokes aplenty and a cliffhanger that was absolutely crazy…even if we know it won’t stick. That’s always a part of the good times of a book like this and Daniel Kibblesmith and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz seem like they are having a blast!


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