Written by: Robbie Thompson
Art by: Jim Towe, Matt Horack, Sean Parsons, Brian Reber, and VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 8, 2019
It feels weird jumping into a series for the final issue, but I guess I’ve done a lot weirder things in my days. I am going into this of course, to see who this all wraps up, but more so, I guess I am using this final issue to gauge if I should go back and read the previous issues. Again…a bit weird. Well, here we go to see if this final issue is any good…
I’ll tell you, the quick recap blurb on the credits page pretty much got me right up to speed and with Deadpool here and the Fourth Wall broken again, it’s pretty much smooth sailing. Robbie Thompson pretty much lays it all on the line and every page is filled with jokes and gags…and most hit the mark! I actually think that a Deadpool book should always have a couple of stinkers thrown in for good measure anyway.
The issue is all about bringing down the evil MANIPULATOR and while Deadpool talks to us, the editors and everyone else, Spidey and the rest of the heroes (aided by the awesome Gwenpool) battle the baddie through multiple comic book covers and issues. Yea, it’s a 100% meta, but it’s also 100% fun and I am like Cyndi Lauper when it comes to that.
The art is great the entire issue and with all the easter eggs (real and made up), it’s just some tasty desert for the eyes. The comic book covers are easily the highlight, but seeing Deadpool on Devil Dinosaur is pretty close.
Back to the Manipulator, by the end, Spider-Man and Deadpool take him down, but it’s not what you’d expect and I had a chuckle or two from the shade being thrown. Then the issue ends with another turn that at least allowed me to finally see Joe Sabino’s cat…something I wasn’t even aware I needed to do until now.
After 50 issues, Robbie Thompson and crew get to have fun with this final issue and that’s something I think is cool all on it’s own. I mentioned at the beginning that I would use this issue to see if I’d go back and check out the other issues in the run and I have to say that I will. I hope that’s something the “third best Thompson at Marvel” can appreciate and I apologize for not checking the book out sooner.
I had a whole bunch of fun with this book – visually and story-wise. Even if you haven’t been reading the series, it’s worth a look and maybe you’ll be inspired, like me, to go back and check out earlier issues.