Oh look, another Deadpool mini. There are tons and tons and tons of these, in fact, they’ve already announced the next one. So what does the Merc with the mouth do this time? He takes on Sun Tzu and desperately wants a major book deal based on The Art of War. However, things don’t go quite as he planned, which brings us to this mini-series.
So let’s dive into this 4-issue Deadpool mini and see if he can wrest victory from the jaws of defeat.
After Deadpool takes a job to execute legendary general Sun Tzu Wu, he finds the original copies of The Art of War. Immediately thinking he can put his own spin on it and make millions, he’s told by a publisher that he needs to prove it’s use, hence he immediately suggests how to survive a world war and moves to set one in motion, granting Loki the wisdom of Sun Tzu, not only to defeat Thor and Valhalla, but to conquer all of Midgard as well. But when Loki isn’t particularly thankful for Deadpool’s help, he turns to Thor, the Avengers and pretty much all of Earth’s heroes to put Loki’s army in their place.
On the plot, honestly, I’m of two minds on this. First, it seems that there’s a generally lazy path taken, with action taking place under excerpts from The Art of War. Yes, it all fits, but sticking in someone else’s work and then riffing off of it does come off a bit cheap. Then again, it all fits so well that I can’t really be upset.
Another thing that I’m a bit iffy on, even though it is funny, is all of the riffing from the Avengers. Hulk calling Loki a “puny god” and Deadpool, in response to “he’s got an army”, pulling the “we’ve got a Hulk” is really kind of overdone. Maybe they need to stop standing on the movie’s shoulders and just make their own way.
Whereas recent minis have put DP with another hero, this time around, he joins forces with the entire Marvel multiverse. I initially thought it was just a DP/Thor team up, but that’s not where it ended up going, this was everyone and there are beautiful panoramas of Marvel superheroes beating the snot out of Loki and his minions. This is a good thing because I think some of the recent minis, while funny, suffered from having to fit one hero in all the way through the book. This time, they got to riff with a bunch of different characters and use the hero that was most appropriate at the time. It reminds me of the early days when DP was killing the entire Marvel Universe.
Writing here was by Peter David, who I usually love, and art by Scott Koblish, who is incredibly versatile and picks up the story perfectly. This is a team that worked great together throughout, no complaints at all. They actually had some fun riffs on Loki, plunging through the fourth wall as DP is wont to do and it worked out really well.
If you think you can take yet another Deadpool mini-series, and you’d better because it doesn’t look like they’re stopping any time soon, this one was actually quite funny, although a little slow to start, and solved some of the problems I’ve had with other recent DP minis. If you’re not completely oversaturated in Deadpool, give it a look!