The Deadpool/ Secret Invasion Story Arc
Danny Way had the unenviable task to start the next volume of Deadpool after the cancellation of his previous series where he shared the narrative with Cable. It had been several years since Deadpool had helmed his own book and Daniel had to start off smack dab at the start of Marvel’s Secret Invasion Cross-Over. Could Daniel entice new readers and the Deadpool faithful to pick up the new book when it had to tie in from the outset with the Skrull Invasion? Did he succeed? In the Words of Deadpool:
The first issue kicks off by highlighting what we can expect from Daniel’s Deadpool: Absurdity, ultra violence, huge battles, pop culture references, and Deadpool smack dab in the middle of everything, seemingly in over his head, but secretly having everything well in hand.
If fans were wondering what kind of ride they were in for they got a huge answer. Where else does a first issue take place in the middle of a ball park, during a ballgame, and having Deadpool fighting wave after wave of Skrulls in front of everyone in attendance. He gets the upper hand and takes out each new attacking group only to surrender when confronted by one of the Skrulls main ships.
It’s pure Deadpool. He will not stop fighting until faced with an overwhelming force. Where heroes would continue the fight and eek out a victory; Deadpool willingly surrenders until such time as he can regain the upper hand. Deadpool uses his reputation for being insane to brilliant effect with the lead Skrull scientist overlooking his manic decisions as a testament to the frailty of human minds.
Deadpool surrenders; stating that he wants the Skrulls to replicate his abilities in other Skrulls because he wants to be on the “winning team”. Again, only Deadpool could do this and it not seem suspicious. He’s not a hero; he’s a mercenary.
I won’t go into the entirety of what happens but the resolution to this story is truly awesome with a wonderful surprise as to what Pooly-D’s real mission is.
This is a thoroughly satisfying opening story for Daniel’s Deadpool. Daniel has a real grasp of who Wade is from the outset and deftly incorporates the Marvel Universe into this series in an organic and logical way (and I’m not talking villains here) wherein it makes Wade less an outsider and more of a last resort for certain teams and organizations.
It’s in this series that Deadpool starts branching outside of the X-Universe and showing just where he is in the grand scheme of things. How he is perceived and how it works for and against him.
The interactions between Wade and his Skrull clones are priceless. The artwork is gorgeous and I will have a poster of the last panel in Issue #2, it’s that great a cliffhanger.
Daniel had a huge obstacle in front of him. Deadpool hadn’t had his own series since 2002. The Agent X series that followed didn’t pan out (more having to do that it was never Deadpool than anything) and his team up book with Cable never really set fire to the charts.
Daniel took this character who had fallen a tad by the wayside and brought him back to prominence and he did it by putting him smack dab in the midst of the Skrull crossover and in so doing made him an integral but unloved part of the Marvel Universe. The guy Nick Fury would turn to but never acknowledge… ever…for any reason.
The thing that truly stuck out was how perfect Daniel was at writing Deadpool. He seemed to reach a new level for this character that was all at once engaging and logical. He had a natural ability to walk that fine line between Wade as a funny character and Wade as a deadly character. When handled right it makes Deadpool a unique and truly must read character. No one handled it better than Daniel.
When you need a great book written just like when you need a dirty job done:
Daniel Way and Deadpool: Inseperable.