Released this March, Deadpool #8 follows Deadpool in his hunt for Sabretooth, whom he blames for the death of his parents. In Deadpool #8, Deadpool continues his search by spending a whole lot of time searching for fingerprints, and chasing down henchmen. This comic takes up a more serious side of Deadpool. He is still killing everyone who gets in his way, but without the dark humor and constant rambling and fourth wall breaks that is normally Deadpool.
It appears that in this comic, a rare event has occurred; Deadpool actually cares about something.
In many ways, Deadpool #8 reminds me of the recent Deadpool movie, and perhaps with good reason as it came out around the same time. In both stories, Deadpool is on a self-driven mission that involves going through a bunch of henchmen to reach the ultimate baddie, to rescue, or in this case get information about someone he loves. Unlike the movie, the comic is by no means a love story, however the tone of it is similar. Despite its slightly darker tone, the comic does have some classic Deadpool humor such as him demanding Jarvis to refer to him as “my dope ass fresh prince,” along with some brutally funny deaths. It’s worth mentioning that the Mercs for Money are briefly in this issue, enjoying their full paychecks now that Deadpool is away.
The writing style is nice, although I do prefer a lighter, more sarcastically cynical version of Deadpool. The scenes jump around a little, with little to no filler storyline, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A noticeable absence in this issue was the fourth wall breaks. The story was relatively contained within Deadpool’s world, which in my opinion made the tone more serious.
Review by Ben Getchell.