Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth 9
Victor Gischler turns in a two-fer this week.
In Merc with a Mouth number 9 adventures in the zombie world continue as the remaining humans from the past 6-30 miniseries that haven't been discovered do all they can but strap a siren to their base to antagonize their comfy situation. No better irritant is needed than Deadpool to help expedite that process.
The well known and prototypical zombie works of fiction revolve around main characters/survivors interactions between each other as zombies congregate around them. Most conflicts tend to be within the group of main charcaters rather than people vs. zombies. Zombies are a stressor that provoke people into extreme forms of behavior. This book takes that archetype and removes the existence of the zombies as a stressor on the characters. The reader certainly knows super-powered zombies exist outside the human's home base, but I, personally, don't feel any tension from their existence. Perhaps it just comes from past useage of the zombies, which establish them more as a vehicle for black humor rather than terror.
Now, at some point, the mystery of Zombie Deadpool sprouting a body is going to have to be addressed.
Prelude to Deadpool Corps 3
No picture because I don't have a scanner nor a reliable websource to pluck the image from.
Gischler has been doing his consistently best Deadpool work with this Prelude series. The ablity to exaggerate the acceptability of the cruelties of these worlds that form these various Deadpools has allowed Gischler to plum the depths of parody and return with precious gems suchs as Dog-Wolverine, which is much funnier in the context of the story than it has any right to be.
One-liners become essential to the montage of panels that illustrate the despair of Dog-pool's life. "Dogs should be cute!" was, indeed, a cut above the rest.
I also should mention Phillip Bond's art work on this story. Bond's work first makes me thin kof Crumb and in a comic that is not meant to be taken with much seriousness set in a pretty surreal world, the art matches up perfectly with that intent.
Plus, I may be reading too much into this, but Gischler harkens to a Looney Tunes classic punchline after Deadpool abscoonds away with Dog-pool and leaving the circus the dog performed in with the quandry that they have performed the finest act possible and, yet, have no hope of repeating it.