Review: Deadpool Max #1

Published on October 8th, 2010

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: yes, there’s a million Deadpool books out there right now.  So, why in the world would we need yet another?  Well, keep reading my friend and you shall find out.

“Deadpool Max” #1 is written by David Lapham with art by Kyle Baker.  What makes this book, or any Marvel Max series, different from mainstream Marvel books is the “explicit content” warning on the cover.  “Deadpool Max” has all the swearing and violence and adult situations that you’d expect from any Sopranos type TV show.


Issue one is really just a set up issue in which we see government agent Bob reporting to his superiors about what just happened on his mission.  You see, Bob is the handler for government operative Deadpool.  Deadpool has been sent to assassinate Hammerhead, the head of the Maggia crime organization.  Bob had gone ahead of Deadpool posing as a servant to infiltrate Maggia so that he could later get Deadpool in to pull off the hit.  Hammerhead is extremely paranoid so all of the staff in his building walk around almost entirely naked so that there’s nowhere for them to hide a weapon.  The only way for Bob to sneak a key out of the building was to make an impression of it in a piece of poop and drop it down the garbage shoot for Deadpool.  How fun.  Hilarity ensues when Deadpool finally shows up to pull off the hit but apparently dies from a gut shot.  GASP!  Could it be?  You’ll have to read the rest to find out…if you’re over 18.

One thing you have to take into account with this book is that it doesn’t really take place in the normal Marvel Universe.  In this series, Deadpool is working for the US government as an assassin.  This first issue is pretty good, as previously stated, it’s an intro book so there’s a fair amount of setup that they have to do, but it really looks like it’s going to pick up a lot of steam next issue.  If anyone can keep up a twisted pace for this book, it’s Lapham (“Crossed: Family Values””.

The art by Kyle Baker is really great as well.  If feels like a gritty version of a Ren and Stimpy cartoon which suits Deadpool perfectly.  He’s really good at creating gore but still keeping it funny.  His characters’ expressions are really excellent as well.

Overall, “Deadpool Max” #1 was just a setup issue that does bring the action, but not until the end.  Keep reading this book because I think it’s going to really get great now that the introductions are out of the way.

Ian Candish