Deadpool & the Mercs for Money #3
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Salva Espin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Editors: Jordan D. White
A review by Amelia Wellman
Deadpool & the Mercs for Money issue three has enough super villains to choke… I suppose whatever eats super villains! Ever since Deadpool and his mercs discovered a certain valuable item, they’ve been busy trying to set up a buyer for it. When they can’t keep track of the bids coming in, Deadpool has an idea: hold an auction and invite every super villain they know!
Like both issues one and two, there’s little in way of character development within Deadpool & the Mercs for Money, but the plot is moving along at a blazing pace with the latest issue. Inviting every super villain known into a single room to bid on what could be used to destroy or enslave mankind is more or less asking for some huge trouble. There’s also action happening outside of the main story as Taskmaster and Evil Deadpool slug it out over who’ll be the one to kill actual Deadpool. Prepare for fight scenes galore with this one.
The humour in issue three is on point as much as the action. Bunn has found his perfect comedy pace in dressing the mercs up in tuxedos to serve super villains tiny sandwiches during the bidding. The fourth-wall breaking humour is there as Deadpool talks about things he has no way of knowing and he has a great line after chaos breaks out among the bidders: “You think I don’t know the feeling of losing control when I experience it? It’s like second nature to me!” Very Deadpool and very funny.
The art is exactly as it’s been: clean and colourful and retains its exaggerated but not overly exaggerated style. There’s quite a bit more action this time around but it’s all handled well, never becoming too cluttered or confusing. Your eye will always know where to look next on the page. Overall it continues to be a great style for Deadpool’s antics.
Buy it! Deadpool & the Mercs for Money continues to be a fun little off-shoot to the main Deadpool stories. The humour in this issue is subtler than usual but that (in my opinion) makes it all the funnier to see in a Deadpool comic! I can’t wait to see where issue four takes the story!