Marvel couldn’t possibly do an event without Deadpool and this time, they went all out with two. Sort of. Well, he’s in this one but he’s dead and really playing the narrator so I don’t know if it counts. But it does star his wife. Kind of. And some classic Marvel monsters and that’s always a good thing.
So let’s take a look at this 4-issue Marvel mini-series, Mrs. Deadpool & the Howling Commandos. It ought to be a monstrous time!
We all know what to expect from a Deadpool mini. Lots of breaking the fourth wall, lots of over-the-top violence and silliness, and even though Deadpool isn’t the center of attention here, although he tries to horn in, the same feeling pervades throughout.
After Deadpool dies, temporarily since he already has a new ongoing book starting in November, his girlfriend, who is betrothed to Count Dracula, decides to take out her upcoming hubby and to do that, she has to find a powerful weapon. However, Dracula sends his goon squad with her to keep her out of trouble, but she quickly turns them to her side and together they travel the underworld, causing problems, wreaking havoc and generally being a nuisance as Deadpool follows along.
This reads just like a Deadpool mini, if you’re wondering, with Shiklah playing at least much of the role, although it’s still Deadpool who speaks directly to the audience. She’s rude, she’s crude, she’s apologetically violent, I can see why Deadpool likes her, even though she never seems to have considered him more than a distraction. But she has plans for the underworld and Dracula’s realm and wants to take a powerful artifact to destroy them all and then take the fight to Doom.
Yeah, it doesn’t really work out that way in the end. But that doesn’t stop this from being a lot of fun. Sure, it’s a bit uneven, issue #3 has very little action, but the quipping never ends and the characters are all enjoyable throughout. Like I said, if you were expecting Deadpool, that’s what you’re getting.
Yet I do want to talk about the ending for a second if I may because I think that’s really the weakest part of the whole thing. In the end, Shiklah gets the artifact, defeats Dracula, unites the monsters and declares her vengeance against Doctor Doom, the undisputed ruler of Battleworld. But as soon as she blows her way through the ceiling and into the fresh air, a whole load of Thors show up and blow her and her entire monster army to smithereens. Okay, maybe that says something about her underestimating her opponent, but come on! Way to end the book on a serious downer! I think they should have left it open-ended, with Shiklah and her forces facing off against the Thors. Even if they never brought it up again, it’s better than killing everyone, especially in a very light hearted book. I’d rather it go out with a laugh than a massacre, but that’s just me.
So anyhow, fun book, if you know Deadpool, you’re getting what you’re looking for, ’nuff said. I know nobody really lasts long in the Deadpool-verse, but still, seeing everyone die in the end, that just left kind of a bad taste in my mouth. It wasn’t funny, it was hollow and hollow isn’t how Deadpool and his minions are supposed to be.