Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 10, 2020
I have not been a fan of Kelly Thompson’s run on Deadpool so far. I don’t think she has Wade’s voice down, the pop culture references are null and void, the jokes are already tired and usually fall flat, and this Monster Island story had gone on far too long. Other than those things, it’s okay! Well, each issue is the next chance to change things for the better, so is Deadpool #5 any good? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with Deadpool maxing and relaxing at the Monster Island Waterfront, watching Jeffrey play with Smash Smash, the Godzilla-like Japanese/Swedish hybrid Kaiju. Elsa Bloodstone shows up (as she has the whole series) and thinks all of this is a bad idea, as she has the whole series. On cue, Smash Smash heads off to destroy New York City.
Boy, Kelly Thompson gives us a wordy Deadpool. I know that he’s the Merc with a Mouth, but that doesn’t mean it should be a chore to read this boring dialogue! She does seem intent to make Deadpool more likable as in a good guy, but this yakety-yak isn’t doing it for me.
Next, we spend way too much time setting up how Wade will get across the bay and who is going with him to get Smash Smash. When we settle on Deadpool and Jeff, Elsa follows anyway, and the trio try to stop the big monster.
Of course, Elsa wants to kill it, and we go back and forth a bit on what they should do until some civilians materialize out of nowhere for Smash Smash to kill. I thought it was Deadpool and Elsa at first, but it doesn’t matter and is only there to force the issue, so they kill Smash Smash. Oh yea, Smash Smash eats Jeffery at one point, making Deadpool flip out like every other time this sort of thing has happened. The issue ends with a nice hand-holding moment with Wade and Elsa, but not much else!
This whole issue felt off. Are we supposed to care about Smash Smash? Did killing nameless, a generic couple change that? Why am I reading Deadpool and not even cracking a little smile? The art is good here, but Kelly Thompson makes Deadpool a complete bore to read. She’s also overused Jonathan to the point where I don’t like him anymore.
Deadpool continues to be a complete bore to get through, and I think I will pass on it after this issue. I read Deadpool for some zany fun, pop culture references, and over-the-top action. I guess this version isn’t for me.