Review: Fear Itself: Deadpool #3

Published on August 23rd, 2011

You don’t know how tempted I am to make an MC Hammer lyrical reference regarding anything related to Fear Itself, but that’d be too easy, so I’ll refrain. Not only that, but I haven’t been reading the main event book either, so it doesn’t really seem fair.

fear-itself-deadpool-3Because I don’t usually follow the big event plots on an issue-by-issue basis (I normally pick up the trades if I hear they’re good) I originally had no real interest in the mini-series Fear Itself: Deadpool. That all changed once I heard that Bong Dazo was doing the art. After his work on Deadpool, I had to at least give it a shot. While the story isn’t “OMG-fantastic!” it’s still entertaining, and it definitely fits in to what you’d expect to find in a wacky Deadpool-related story.

The final issue of this Fear Itself tie-in has the Merc with a Mouth battling against the lame-o “villain” The Walrus. Walrus has been tricked by DP into attacking a small town, only to have DP himself swoop in and save said town for some sweet reward money. Deadpool decided to take advantage of the whole “magical hammers dropping from the sky” thing, and he gave Walrus a normal hammer, bedazzling it and telling him it was powerful. Unbeknownst to the Crimson Comedian, the hammer does indeed hold actual powers. The powers only show themselves at night and are meant to fight off werewolf-type creatures. While Deadpool is not a werewolf (or anything related to one) getting attacked by this hammer still hurts. It hurts a lot! In the end DP tricks Walrus yet again (that Deadpool’s a crafty son-of-a-gun), and is able to defeat the blubbery, giant-tusked baddie with a couple good shotgun blasts.
Writer Christopher Hastings takes a loosely tied-in plot line and makes it his own. If Fear Itself wasn’t going on, I could definitely see this as a small arc in the normal Deadpool book. It’s goofy, entertaining, and holds all the usual elements you might expect to find. The numerous Beatles references, while cheesy (and meant to be so), work perfectly. When Deadpool fights someone, the only thing they hate more than not being able to kill him is not being able to make him stop talking. Hastings’ dialogue works well, and I love the inclusion of the non-standard villains DP finds himself battling.
As I already stated, the artwork by Deadpool alum Bong Dazo is good, good stuff. His style complements the nature of every Deadpool plot I’ve read. The absurd, cartoonish situations Deadpool finds himself in feel absolutely believable with Dazo’s pencilling. I’m always amazed at how fresh he’s able to make the characters feel, no matter how odd the plot line.

Sam Taylor