DEADPOOL #12 Review

Written by: Skottie Young
Art by: Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Jeff Eckleberry
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 1, 2019

This book has become my sleeper hit and I’d even call it my guilty pleasure, but I never feel guilty reading it or loving it. So, I guess it’s just a pleasure and that fits. Unfortunately, Skottie Young is leaving the book and while I have enjoyed the fun one-shot stories that litter this run, this Good Night story he has going on now is my favorite. Yea, it makes fun of Batman, but that’s the fun of it, right? So, does this issue continue the fun train chugging down the tracks? Let’s find out…

The issue opens with Deadpool giving Good Night a taste of his own medicine…or mace to be precise. The first thing that anyone opening up this issue will notice is Scott Hepburn’s awesome art and while that is kickbutt is every possible way, I’m staying for Young’s jokes and character work.

There is a fine line when it comes to Deadpool dialogue and humor. I imagine that it’s easy to slip into jokey pop culture hell very easily when writing him and while the character is supposed to be over the top, there is a subtlety that must be used to make it work. Skottie Young gets it. This issue is funny when you least expect it and serious when you’re not ready for it and while the overall storyline isn’t mind-bending, it’s elevated by Young’s timing.

It’s also brutal as hell and Good Night goes to town on Deadpool and that’s just him warming up. The whole issue is essentially a fight scene with the highlight coming from the moving set piece of a bus…complete with a Speed joke and Young pointing out the ridiculousness of this type of scene even happening and then continuing.

By the end of the issue, there is a glimmer of hope that Good Night will be used again down the line, but who really knows. The big part in the here and now is what’s going on with Weasel and trying to figure out how much pain he is willing and wanting to inflict on Wade. If the cliffhanger is any indication, a whole lot!

I really like this book. I say it like it’s a surprise because really it is. Yea, I am a movie Deadpool fan, but Skottie Young and Scott Hepburn have made me a Deadpool fan period.

Final Thoughts:

Skottie Young continues one of the better runs at Marvel Comics right now and even if Deadpool isn’t your thing normally, you should check this book out before Young leaves. Why does he have to leave?


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