Forgive the title; I know it sounds like some horrible – or awesome, now that I think about it – piece of romantic comedy slash fiction, but it is perfectly on point with what I want to talk about here, which is a miniseries published by Marvel Comics a year or two ago featuring the Merc with a Mouth and the Mad Titan aptly named Deadpool Vs. Thanos. Now, I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I have thankfully remedied that by finally reading through the series, and I enjoyed it. A lot.
Marvel is no stranger to the industry’s trend of having their big properties come together in a single title, what with the various “VS” BS they’ve been churning out for decades now. Most recently, you’d probably recognize titles such as Avengers vs. X-Men, X-Men vs. the Inhumans, or Punisher vs. The whole freaking Marvel Universe, just to name a few. Because if there’s one thing that would make fanboys cream their underoos faster than you could say “true believer”, it’s having superheroes beat the shit out of one another instead of the usual no good villain out there. However, I have to say that Deadpool vs. Thanos doesn’t simply slap you in the face with some of the expected beat ‘em ups you’d expect from this particular type of superhero comic; it does more than that.
Deadpool vs. Thanos, written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Elmo Bondoc, takes its own twists and turns to justify its title. At first glance – avert your eyes now if you haven’t read the miniseries yet – it might seem like a team-up book, which is the exact opposite of the “vs” moniker of the series. However, when you think hard about it, you’ll understand why it’s named so. Suffice it to say that this is a buddy cop movie that’s at its core is a book about rivalry, hence the title. Well, that is if one of those cop buddies was an insane mutant mercenary and the other a genocidal alien who has a purple boner for the personification of death. Good times.
So, why do I think this series is different from the mess of other “vs.” series and events that Marvel has come up with before? I mean, honestly, the story of this 4-issue series is pretty straightforward: Death has been kidnapped and it’s up to her two suitors, Deadpool and Thanos, to retrieve her in hopes of restoring order in the 616 universe and, most importantly, earn her favor. Well, one of the main reasons is because of the way Seeley portrayed Deadpool, which has no shortage of laughs in it. Some people find Deadpool being funny off-putting, but I’m not one of them. Then, of course, there’s Elmo Bondoc’s art, which is a refreshing alternative to the usual house style Marvel has these days. Not to mention, the guy knows how to pace his story.
If you haven’t read it yet, then I highly suggest you go pick this up. I believe the trade’s now available.