I really can’t think of many things Deadpool hasn’t done, he’s destroyed the Marvel Universe, he’s killed literary characters and now, he’s taking on Thanos. Why the heck not? This is actually an untold story that fits loosely into the continuity back in 2013 before the whole Marvel Now thing, which really quickly became Marvel Then because nobody really cared. But can Deadpool and the very personification of death actually get along? Of course not! That’s why this is Deadpool vs. Thanos!
When Lady Death is kidnapped and everything in the universe stops dying, Deadpool and Thanos, two suitors for her hand, reluctantly team up to rescue her, but when the entire universe is literally out to stop you, it’s going to be a long, involved fight.
Honestly, this isn’t so much a fight, as most of Deadpool’s other minis are, because while Deadpool and Thanos hate each other, they also need each other and they form an uneasy partnership to get Death back. I guess there is a battle of sorts between the two, competing for Death’s affection, but not in the sense that has marked the rest of Deadpool’s catalog. I think they’ve seriously misnamed this series.
Like a lot of other series, there are plenty of cameos, most of them empty. The Guardians of the Galaxy show up, as does Mephisto, as does Thanos’ mother, but none of them really mean a thing. I guess Mephisto gets them going in the right direction but that’s about it. There also isn’t too much of a mystery to be found here, the whole “who done it?” thing is kind of ham-fisted, right until our two “heroes” are just dropped into the solution.
One thing that doesn’t make a lot of sense, Lady Death grants Deadpool and Thanos her favor so they can fight Eternity and Thanos almost destroys Eternity to bring about the end of all life everywhere. But if she was that powerful, how did Eternity take her captive in the first place? And if Thanos was only able to threaten Eternity because of her favor, why didn’t she just revoke it, as she does later, removing that power? Having to have Deadpool rush in and save the universe seems a bit unnecessary.
It’s a little, very little, deeper than most other DP minis. They spend some time waxing philosophic about the meaning of life and death, but it’s really not too impressive. The banter between DP and Thanos is sometimes funny, but not nearly as much as when Cullen Bunn is writing. Sure, Tim Seely gets the characters, but I don’t think he can hold a candle to Bunn’s Deadpool mastery. Deadpool might sound like Deadpool here, but under Bunn’s pen, he is Deadpool. This was a fun read, but dragged a bit here and there and the finale really didn’t seem too believable. It was good. It could have been better.