Ugh, another #1 title. Granted, Deadpool does feel very different in this issue, but that's not necessarily a good thing.
But don't you worry, "Everything is all-new and all different!" (audible bathroom sounds)
He's an Avenger, he's Tony Stark levels of rich, but worst of all, HE'S POPULAR. I like my Deadpool to resemble more of a Tom Waits song with a side of crazy rather a Katy Perry tune with a side of Leo DiCaprio. I hope that analogy makes sense to the rest of the world, and not just me.
In the first issue of Gerry Duggan's series, we see Deadpool as the leader of Heroes for Hire, super famous and popular. My favorite aspect of this book is the people who make up his Heroes for Hire staff, in which they are all D-level Marvel characters wearing matching Deadpool suits.
Stingray makes a hilarious entrance, MadCap is there ('nuff said), but I just can't get a handle on the plot.
I just can't wrap my head around the story and the character. There are still hints of the Deadpool we all know and love, but something is missing. There are jokes and breaking of the fourth wall, but it feels different. It lacks a real punch and doesn't resonate much. It's only been an hour since I've read this issue, and I'm having a hard time recalling what the actual plot was.
Here is how I'm going to explain this plot:
Deadpool is a famous person. He knows it. He also knows that he is a comic character. His supporting cast in Heroes for Hire is the best part about this book. He kills people sarcastically.
The more I think about this book, the more foggy my thoughts get. The humor is there and the action is still solid, but I feel like this Deadpool #1 is missing ... Deadpool. Maybe it was just the tone and the pace of the story, but I'm pretty disappointed in how this one turned out.
Mike Hawthorne's art matches the character and sequences well, and I love the way he got creative with the different sized panels. I'm going to keep coming back for more, but I wouldn't blame you guys if you sat this one out.