Comics Roundup #54: “Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1”

I recently read a bunch of comics and managed to put a dent in my goal to read at least 20 comic books this year, so at the moment I’m pretty damn proud of myself. 😀

I’ve also gotten into reading comic books digitally, which I’m grudgingly loving because the illustrations show up a lot clearer onscreen, and I don’t have to worry about details getting lost as the page curves into the book’s spine. The colors also pop more when viewed on a device.

However, I do prefer to own physical copies of books, so the comics I tend to read digital versions of are ones I don’t own and probably wouldn’t buy physical copies of, like Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1: Millionaire With a Mouth, which I recently read.


Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1: Millionaire With a Mouth by Gerry Duggan, illus. by Mike Hawthorne, inked by Terry Pallot with colors by Val Staples (issues 1-2) and Guru-eFX (issues 3-5)

Genre

Sci-fi – superhero

Series

Deadpool: World’s Greatest

Pubbed

2016

From Goodreads

He’s annoying. He’s dangerous. He smells terrible. But the public loves him. That’s right-the Merc with the Mouth may make money for missions of murky morality…but he’s become the most popular hero in the world for it. Eat that, Spidey! The world belongs to…Deadpool. The fan-favorite team of Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne return to bring Deadpool into his most successful adventures yet!

Collecting: Deadpool 1-5 (Goodreads)

My thoughts

I picked this up after rewatching the first and second Deadpool movies. I so enjoyed Ryan Reynolds’s depiction of the character that I wanted more. Plus, I’ve often heard from others how much fun the Deadpool comics are that I wanted to give them a try. However, as someone who hardly ever reads superhero comics, I don’t think this volume was a great place for me to start.

In Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1, Deadpool is uber popular and a millionaire financing the Avengers and has rented out his services in a business called “Deadpool’s Heroes for Hire.” The way he goes about this is by having a bunch of dudes — Stingray, Madcap, Slapstick, and some others whose names I can’t remember — act as him for missions and appearances. But things start to go wrong when someone dressed up as Deadpool starts killing people without getting a profit for it — so… just plain murder without profit, I guess.

For the most part, I liked the story and was entertained, but I was also disappointed because it didn’t have the hallmarks of a Deadpool comic that I was looking for (speaking directly to the reader and all that). Also, Deadpool was neither appealing nor charming in this and didn’t stand out much from the other characters. I guess there were just too many Deadpools. However, I really liked Madcap because he’s so odd.

Also, since I hardly read superhero comics and am not well-versed in the Marvel universe, I was a bit confused as I read and didn’t pick up on certain references and characters. But although this dampened my enjoyment of the story, I think it means that the story will appeal more to readers who are more familiar with Marvel superheroes than I am.

Art style

I really like Hawthorne’s style. It’s dynamic and detailed yet easy to follow, even in the fight scenes, and tends to stand out as well. I also like how the colors are applied. They really make the illustrations pop off the page and emphasize the details in Hawthorne’s illustrations. I like the variety of panels used too and have included two of my favorites below.

Overall: ★★★☆☆

It was a decent read but not for me.

Buy | Borrow | Bypass

5 thoughts on “Comics Roundup #54: “Deadpool: World’s Greatest, Vol. 1”

  1. I’ve never read or watched anything with Deadpool. I’m not entirely sure why but I’ve just never been curious about or drawn to the character. I used to read a lot of the Marvel mutant stories like X-Men, but didn’t as often venture into the more pure superhero characters. Maybe one day I’ll try the first movie and see what I’ve been missing, but I’ll probably skip the comics for now. As for reading digital comics, what size is the screen you read on? I find it difficult to read comics on anything smaller than a standard comic book, so with what I own I only read them on my desktop, and not that often at this point. But I do have a number (both comics and manga) I picked up through various bundles that I want to start reading.

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    1. Oh man! I highly recommend the Deadpool movies! I think Ryan Reynolds did a great job with the character.
      I read on my iPad mini, which is about the size of a comic book, or maybe slightly smaller. Also the platforms I read on, Comixology or Libby, have guided reading for the comics, so you can go panel by panel, if you need to zoom in. But sometimes it’s still best to go page by page.

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  2. Comics are hard to get into! They seem to build on each other (from series to series, I mean, not just from volumes 1 to 5 or something simple) and are all interconnected. I’ve thought about reading the Deadpool comics, since I’m in the same boat as you with enjoying the movies and wanting more, but I never seem to get around to it. I smiled a bit at how you were so grudging with your admittance that reading comics on a screen wasn’t too bad, haha. Fingers crossed that your next comic book is more enjoyable!

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    1. Yep, they do build on each other and usually that doesn’t bother me much, but the superhero comics are intimidating because of that since they’ve been around for SO long. It’s like, where do I even begin?
      Thanks! 🙂 Hopefully we’ll both find a Deadpool comic that works better for a newbie.

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