Written by: Alyssa Wong
Art by: Martin Coccolo
Colors by: Neeraj Menon
Letters by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover art by: Martin Coccolo, Neeraj Menon
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: February 22, 2023
Deadpool #4 finds Deadpool and Valerie facing off against Harrower and Doc Ock at the local zoo because the script says they’re supposed to do that.
Is It Good?
Deadpool #4 is dumb. Not silly, oh-c’mon-just-relax-and-have-some-fun dumb. It’s dumb in that the jokes are terrible, the paper-thin plot doesn’t make much sense, and at least one character is used as a plot device in a way that makes it clear the writer didn’t do her research.
When last we left the Merc with a Mouth, Valerie found a way to “stabilize” the symbiote in his body, and the two head out to the local zoo for field testing, where they found Doc Ock and Harrower waiting for them. Deadpool and Valerie fight against the tentacled villains… because they can.
It’s incredible how well this series started and then devolved so quickly. Wong’s knack for capturing Ryan Reynold’s version of Deadpool in the first issue is completely gone, the jokes are either terrible, don’t make sense, or both, and the characters’ motivations (except for Harrower) are almost entirely absent. Characters are simply doing things because Wong placed them in a situation.
Mid-fight, Lady Deathstrike shows up to get revenge against Deadpool for screwing up her audition for the Aletier. During the fight, Lady Deathstrike is stabbed to death by the symbiote, and Valerie uses a reanimation serum to bring LD back to life and do her bidding.
“Wait, wait, wait. What?” you rightly wonder. “Lady Deathstrike has an accelerated healing factor like Wolverine. How can she die from getting stabbed like an average punk?” That’s a good question, and I can only presume Wong forgot that part. Details. Who needs ’em?! #AmIRite
Well, at least the art is good. Coccolo and Menon give the art duties their all with strong, powerful lines, excellent coloring, and plenty of kinetic action. If you can tune out the words or plot and focus on the art, you’ll be a happy camper.
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Deadpool #4 is a terrible comic filled with terrible dialog, nonsensical jokes, a paper-thin plot, and character moments that don’t make sense for the characters in question. At least the art is good, so that’s something.