After taking a two-month hiatus, Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness have returned! Two filler issues, guest authored by Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman and Gerry Duggan, author of the regular Deadpool series, were good (one was dead brilliant), but they broke up the continuity of this fantastic series that has sold out every issue. Spider-Man Deadpool #1 is currently in its 5th printing!
Way back in Spider-Man Deadpool #5, Peter Parker was twice iced by Deadpool. Instead of going to hell, where ‘Pool expected, Parker ended up fighting for his soul against Mysterio’s manifestations of Gwen Stacy, Uncle Ben, and Doc Ock. DP, realizing his mistake in killing Parker (twice), arrived to help Pete fight his way out and ended up having to call in a favor with an old flame, Death, to get them both sent home. It turns out the whole setup was a ruse to get Parker out of his office at Parker Industries so that Patient Zero could sneak in, brilliantly disguised as Pete, in order to steal something.
In Spider-Man Deadpool #8, get ready to see a darker side of Spider-Man. He has donned a sinister looking new suit, black with an angular red spider on the chest and back. Spidey is pissed, and has every right to be. He has figured out that the Degenerate Regenerate used friendship to blind him to the fact that he intended on killing Peter Parker all along. Though they still have to work together to fight Patient Zero, there is palpable tension between the pair, and the web slinger has some choice, pointed words for Deadpool. The only thing keeping these two from going at it at this point in the story is their shared intense hatred for Patient Zero.
Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness have delivered again. The script is on point. The artwork is brilliant. This is honestly my favorite series to read and review right now. I’m excited to know how this story will end, but I really don’t like that there are only two more issues planned for this title. With any luck, the suits over at Marvel will consider making this summer series into a regular ongoing title.
Spider-Man Deadpool #8, Marvel Comics, released August 10, 2016, written by Joe Kelly, pencils by Ed McGuiness, Inks by Mark Morales and Livesay, color by Jason Keith, letters by VC’s Joe Sabino, $3.59
Review by Brendan Allen.