This week, Avenging Spider-Man #12 came out–featuring Deadpool. It was sublime. One of the best Marvel Team Up style books I’ve ever read. I’m not the biggest Deadpool fan in the world. I liked Joe Kelly’s stuff, but didn’t love it. I liked the first few arcs of Daniel Way’s recent Deadpool volume, but then it seemed like the book really lost its way.
Avenging Spider-Man #12, which will be continued in #13, proves there’s life in the old boy yet. Written by Kevin Shinck of Robot Chicken and the Mad TV show and illustrated–brilliantly–by Aaron Kuder. Kuder is a newcomer, but you can see his work in Batman, Inc., #0 and a few other books.
Buy this book. Seriously.
Hit the break for a top ten of the best Deadpool comics…
THE TOP 10 DEADPOOL COMICS
#10. Deadpool #0 (1998) by Joe Kelly and Yancey Labat.
This was a Wizard Comics giveaway that featured the entire MU and has never been reprinted. Fortunately, you can still see some pages of it here. It was sublime mayhem.
#9. Deadpool #4 (1997) by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness. McGuiness was never better than when he was drawing Deadpool, and in this issue his “bigger is better” style is ideal–because he also gets to draw The Hulk. To be precise: He gets to draw Wade impaling Hulk on a rusty pipe. Joe Kelly’s run was the best ever. Regardless of what anyone might say.
8. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012) by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic.
I know lots of “real” Deadpool fans will disagree with this pick, but I loved this recent miniseries. Maybe I loved it more since other current Deadpool books kinda suck, but even if that’s the case: So be it. It really made use of Deadpool’s schizophrenia, pitting him against his own evil brain in a plot to kill…Everyone. And he’s Deadpool, so of course he succeeds.
7. Deadpool #10 (2009) by Daniel Way and Paco Medina.
In which Norman Osborn sends Dark Hawkeye (Bullseye) out to kill Deadpool, and truly madcap hilarity ensues. This is one of the most balls-out battle comics I’ve ever read. tons of fun.
6. Deadpool #68 (1998) by Gail Simone and Tsang.
Deadpool and Taskmaster: Two insane tastes that always go great together. In this story, titled “Hot Salty Nuts,” Deadpool recounts his love of peanuts as a way to distance himself from some horribly violent stories being told by Taskmaster.
5. Marvel Universe vs. Punisher #1-4 (2010) by Jonathan Mayberry and Goran Parlov.
Deadpool is a side player in this one, but he plays nicely off of a very grim Punisher in a very dark future world.
4. Deadpool #38 (2000) by Priest and Diaz.
The first appearance of Bob Agent of Hydra.
3. Cable & Deadpool #43-50 (2008) by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown.
Cable is dead, so this becomes a Deadpool team-up book. It’s the first time we really get to see him bouncing around with all the rest of the Marvel Universe. And he shrinks Rhino and turns him into a keyring. That alone is worth the admission price.
2. DeadpoolMAX: Nutjob (2011) by David Lapham and Kyle Baker.
Definitely not for kids, this book is incredibly violent and borderline pornographic and disturbingly funny. I thought Lapham and Baker’s work on this series was underrated from the beginning–the truly reworked the whole Deadpool mythos–but for some reason it never caught on. I think it’s because it was so terribly dark and biting. But I like my humor cynical, and I certainly can tolerate cursing and references to oral sex. Not for prudes, but if you’re open to it, this will be one of the most offbeat stories you’ll ever be blessed enough to read.
1. Deadpool #11 (1997) by Joe Kelly and Pete Woods.
In a double-sized issue, Deadpool goes back in time to pose as Peter Parker (with Blind Al disguised as Aunt May). The brilliance of this book is the way they wove Deadpool into actual John Romita Sr. panels from The Amazing Spider-Man #47. This is retconning at its best.