Issue: Deadpool Team-Up #897
Release Date: January 6, 2010
Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Chris Staggs
Inker: Robert Campanella
Cover: Humberto Ramos
Colors: Dan Brown
Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Ghost Riders and Deadpool (dude, he’s giving Wolvie a run for his money on the title “Most Overused Comic Character Ever” lately) team up to save a town full of carnies and the rubes being gathered there for a sacrifice to one of the Fallen. At least, I think that’s what was supposed to happen. The Ghost Riders just kind of hung out in the background and looked cool with their flaming skulls while Deadpool made some really lame jokes about a dwarf.
So a bearded lady and a dwarf hire Deadpool to take out their boss/mayor of “Freaksville” (aka Gibsonton, FL), whose name is Lobster Boy. That setup alone had me thinking this was going to be awesomely hilarious and crude. Who’d have thought in reality it would be as entertaining for me as watching an episode of Ask This Old House on PBS?
This was a horribly boring comic.
Sure, there are a few chuckle-worthy Deadpool moments, but overall this issue was less than memorable in that respect. A majority of the jokes were just not funny at all (might be because I’ve heard all the short jokes ever invented and starting off with those could have just killed my brain with the dumb), and even the multi-personality in his head chatter wasn’t worth reading when it finally showed up. As far as the team up aspect goes, there wasn’t much of one. Deadpool takes the limelight and runs off with it, leaving Johnny and Danny standing around picking their flaming bone noses. They were, at best, sidekicks.
And then there was the way Deadpool himself looked. When did he get a mask that has facial features? Did I miss that issue? I was not digging the fact that it was all animated and smiley. He looked like a sack puppet instead of an intimidating crazy man with loads of weapons and a smart, filthy mouth.
With this “team-up” series, there’s a new creative team each issue. Here’s hoping the next issue gets a team-up in the story and behind the story that is better than this issue.
Rating: 2 / 5 Stars