There’s probably no hotter comic book character in February 2016 than Deadpool.
Marvel Comics renowned “merc with a mouth” is currently starring in a massively successful cinematic adaptation and starring in a very well received solo series for the publisher. All of that attention could inherently put the property in danger of becoming over saturated, and to an outside observer a mini-series teaming the character with Spider-Man may seem to do just that. However, said outside observer would be foolish to doubt the creative team of Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness.
Spider-Man/Deadpool #2 follows a relatively simple plot structure. Deadpool AKA Wade Wilson has been offered a hefty sum by an unknown employer to kill Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker. Unsure of whether he should take the job due to his new status as an Avenger, Wilson decides to question Spider-Man about his “employer,” since those in the Marvel Universe believe Spidey works for Parker Industries.
Deadpool is able to lure both Peter and Miles Morales into a confrontation so he can ask his questions, however the city is attacked by a mass-hallucination before he can. Deadpool and the two Spider-Men are able to track the attack to a long-time foe of the web-slinger.
While the plot of this second issue may read a bit by the numbers in its description, the comic is carried by the interactions between Spider-Man and Deadpool. Writer Joe Kelly has a knack for the smart, quippy dialogue that both characters are known for, the scenes where the two banter really pop off the page. Kelly really nails the character of Deadpool in particular. His version of Wade Wilson still has the comedic and fourth-wall breaking elements that have made the character so successful, but they’re not over-used, something that other writers of the character have struggled with lately.
The title is also a triumph artistically, as penciller Ed McGuinness and inker Mark Morales bring an animation like quality to the story that works hand in hand with it’s comedic elements, while never becoming so cartoony that it takes away from the main story at hand. This is best reflected in any scenes involving Deadpool’s “Dead-Buggy.”
Spider-Man/Deadpool #2 is a definite must-read for anyone whose enjoying the current wave of pop-cultural significance the latter character is riding, be they onetime fan or someone whose never read a comic book before.