Writer: Joe Kelly
Penciller: Ed McGuinness
Inker: Mark Morales
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Reviewed by David Hildebrand
I am a huge Deadpool fan, I think I have mentioned that in one of my previous reviews. After reading this latest issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool, I will also continue to stand by my other statement that this is the best Deadpool story being told right now in the latest era of Marvel. Just a quick note, the review will contain some spoilers from the previous issue to catch up to where we are now.
Last issue ended Deadpool shooting Peter Parker point blank killing him. It certainly put a damper on the fun evening Peter had with Wade when he was “Spider-Man”. You see, Deadpool has been hired by a certain party that has not been revealed to kill Peter Parker, and he just fulfilled his contract. There is one problem though, Peter’s soul is untainted, so it is not delivered to hell as expected by Deadpool. So what happens when the soul doesn’t show up? Why, Deadpool’s wife Shiklah revives good ole Pete, so Wade can try again for his soul by blasting him in the face with a shotgun! This, however doesn’t work the second time either and we now enter two seperate journeys of the souls between Peter and Wade. Peter encounters some painful memories, while Wade encounters a past love, where he explains the error of his ways. It is a pretty emotional journey for each of them and once again Wade is struggling with his actions.
I can’t say enough about the combo of Kelly and McGuinness. Between the two, they are capturing what I love about Deadpool and then we get the bonus of Spider-Man being added to the story. These guys were the ones behind the defining run of Deadpool and each issue continues to show why they are so great together. McGuinness’s art, especially the facial expressions are so effective, they enable Kelly’s jokes to hit with more of a punch. His arts pulls you into the story and adds more depth to Kelly’s writing. Combined with the colors by Jason Keith, this book has been crisp and spot on for five issues straight.
BUY IT! This book continues to impress, you have two fan favorites starring in what has been a great story up to now. The relationship between the two is funny and emotional at the same time. There are other surprises along the way, as well as a surprise character here and there. There isn’t much slowing down, it keeps a constant pace and has been a lot of fun to read. If you are a fan of either character and haven’t touched this book yet, then you need to pick this up, along with the past issues. There is a reason these are going into multiple printings!