Being a lifelong Marvel fanboy and turning 10 years of age in 1991 when he debuted, I was instantly hooked on Deadpool. Wade Wilson is basically Marvel's answer to Bugs Bunny, mixing over the top violence with slapstick humour. I've always been fond of humour and, much like The Merc With The Mouth, have often employed its use when dealing with the trials and tribulations of this world. He really resonates with my inner psyche.
Another thing that I am fond of is collections and trade paperbacks. I'm a little obsessive and compulsive when it comes to collections. A quick evaluation of my “Shrine of Transformers,” two bookcases full of action figures in my “man-cave” room here at home, will prove that. Additionally, not knowing the end of a story arc or having a complete set of issues within a story arc will drive me absolutely daft. So, the collections and trade paperbacks are an excellent way to eliminate this problem.
I was pleasantly surprised and fulfilled when reading it. It tells the tale in a way never done before. Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn really knocked it out of the park with this one. Collecting the first six issues of the new Deadpool series, it takes an old tried and true formula, politics, and puts it on the first train to Crazy Town.
We've all got our own opinions when it comes to politics. The only problems are, we can't all agree on them. I favour a socially liberal approach, while maintaining fiscal conservativism, a Laissez-faire business model, and global social Darwininsm for world politics. Polar insanity at its finest, friends and neighbours. But, as we see in this story, what makes sense in our head isn't necessarily what is best.
The story beings with a rogue SHIELD agent trained in necromancy performing an arcane ritual. He is highly concerned over the current state of the good ole U S of A. So, he decides to go back to the source to fix things. He intends to save the country by bringing the founding fathers back from the other side of the grave. It looks good on paper and sounds good in theory. But, so does social safety net policies. They both also horribly fail in implementation. My personal political views aside, his plan backfires.
SHIELD becomes aware of the situation, and in true government black ops manner, tries to solve the issue in the quickest way possible without actually involving itself or any of its uniformed agents. So, what do they do? They hire Deadpool. Seems legit, right? Of course it is. If Deadpool can't fix it, nobody can. Optimus Prime maybe. But, Mavel no longer holds the Transfomers licence.
I'm not going to give away any more of the story. It's just too good to possibly ruin by trying to shrink it down into one article. Besides, where's the fun in that? I'm asking a lot of questions... and breaking the fourth wall. Hey, if Deadpool can do it, I can too.
But, I will say this much, all of Deadpool's humour and comedy are intact here. He wrestles Abe Lincoln, knocks out George Washington's wooden teeth, and even does an Elmer Fudd bit with Teddy Roosevelt. He is also assisted in his fight by a horny undead Benjamin Franklin who wants some BBW loving from a thick SHIELD agent. This book has laughs by the tons. There is even an in-joke with Jimmy Carter, our oldest living president, running away from the executive wraiths.
Deadpool: Dead Presidents is everything a Deadpool fan would want. I'm quite sure that even fans who have never heard of him would enjoy it as well. We all need a laugh here and there. I've always been crazy. But, the laughter has kept me from going insane. This compilation is one of the best ones that I have seen yet. So, go out and pick this up and give it a read. You won't be disappointed. Even if you are, you can use the pages of it as toilet paper. Wade Wilson would probably agree. Have a most safe and happy Halloween, my awesome readers.