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    Reviews - Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe - #3

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There are words and images inside of this comic, but it still ends up being totally meaningless. - colten97
You remember when you were in third grade, and you would argue which superheroes would win in a fight? Well, that’s what this series is all about -- except that the answer is already determined here. Somewhere in these three issues, a thin veneer of motivation was given, but I’m sure I’m not alone in having forgotten what it was. It doesn’t really matter, though. There’s not enough of a narrative to necessitate ornamentation such as a character motivation. The recap page says we demanded this, but the only thing that comes to mind after reading this issue is “be careful what you wish for...”

The good news is that artist Dalibor Talajic’s art is improved in this issue, if only slightly. Amidst the onslaught of close-ups on characters’ faces, Talajic does yeoman’s work crafting informative facial expressions. The barely perceptible ebb of emotion from this book is almost entirely a result of his work. The physics are also good; however, there’s very little motion in the book. Everything is a static pinup shot, as isolated and meaningless as the scenes themselves.

And that brings us to the story – or lack thereof. It’s the X-Men in Deadpool’s sights this time. Guess what happens. If you said “an anti-climactic lack of confrontation and implausible deaths” you were right. Too many of the battles happen off-panel. There’s no build-up to the horror that would establish anticipation, and the out-of-the-blue presentation of already-murdered characters leaves no reason to care about the departed. Even when we do see the nitty-gritty, the superheroes go out like chumps. I don't even know what the weapon was that finished off Cyclops or why it worked. The total lack of connection between scenes shreds any conception of pacing, leaving the book similar to a narrative-free shooter – only without any exciting action.

If you’ve been reading this series and you’re surprised by this issue, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you’re thinking about trying this issue as an introduction to the series or the character, think again. There’s no foothold for new readers and no substance even if you can get into the mood of the book. This series has gone past the status of “waste of money” and into the range of “waste of time,” the point at which I couldn’t even recommend the book if you were to get it for free.




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