Relationships are funny, on one end you need to share personal interest and have at least a similar set of morals, values, or beliefs. But then, as they say “opposites attract”. There fore a relationship between two iconic Marvel characters, Spider-Man and Deadpool could carry a nice balance, or clash in a horrible way. These two seem to be two sides of the same coin. With striking visual similarities and of course the penchant for wit. However, the core values of these players could not be further apart. Spider-Man being driven by his necessity to use his powers responsibly (there’s a saying for that, I think). And, Deadpool being probably the least responsible hero in the Marvel arsenal. It seems natural that creators and writers from the House of Ideas would want to throw these two in the ring and see what comes out the other end. What better way to do that then throw a title on it and give it a run.
Spider-Man/Deadpool, (Or what seems to be a symbol in place of a title like the late wonder, Prince) began printing in January of 2016. This was obviously not the first meeting of the red tight brothers and before the first issue came out Marvel started the push of this ‘friendship’. With the release of a TPB collection of the pairs former exploits, and by throwing both of them on the same Avengers line-up, with a tense finish on that storyline. The hype for this title’s run couldn’t have been more prepared if they shared an MCU film together. Who better to take the reigns on that project than long running Deadpool creative duo, writer Joe Kelly and the legendary artist Ed McGuinness.
Most recently, Spider-Man has been dealing with major issues, (what else is new for the web-head) with being recently deceased and taken over by arch nemeses Doc Ock, and the whole Spider-verse dilemma, never mind the major changes happening in the rest of the world. Spidey wants to return things back to as normal as they can be, working and saving lives in local New York. Meanwhile, Deadpool has been on a path of turning over a new leaf. Proving himself as a legitimate hero to his peers, specifically his idol Spider-Man, and doing his best for his young daughter that suddenly appeared in his life. What happens when Deadpool makes a serious attempt at befriending the Spider? Can Spidey learn to trust someone so reckless? And our Deadpools intentions as noble and honest as they seem on the surface? It all plays out as this new dynamic duo takes on villains like Mysterio and go on a double date with a demon succubus and… The Mighty Thor?
What I was hoping for when I sat down to read this was a humour driven fun fest. Unfortunately, the humour lacked and the development of this relationship took centre stage. And, you know what? That’s all well and good, I am down for some character and relationship development, the problem being, it was unnecessary. These are two well defined characters and if they are both written effectively a relationship would develop organically. It felt like Kelly and the creative team behind this title were too focused on the production of a long running relationship that they forget to let the characters develop in their own natural ways. There is some great jokes and situational comedy sprinkled in the story. Just Humour should have been the focus, as any comic reader is looking at these two wise crackers and expecting the wittiest of banter. But for some reason, they tame down Spidey’s cleverness and made him into a fall guy for Deadpool’s comedy. If you need a fall guy for a joke you shouldn’t sacrifice another comedian you should bring in a Captain America type. For this over sight on what should have been priority on this title, the book disappointed my expectations.
Along with the lack of humour, it held the rest of the story back for me and I had a hard time reading. It all felt dry, and forced, I wish they would have brought in a stronger dialogue writer on this project. Who wouldn’t love to see what a Kevin Smith type could do with these amazingly clever characters. I feel terrible that I am throwing a 2/5 on this one. Mostly because it is my second time this week giving such a low ranking. And that is after the whole Red Onion fiasco of last week. Although, I think it is fair of me to have high expectations on these creators, this company, and of course, these characters, and it should be okay for me to ask for only the highest of quality. And for me, this title gave me low quality and came out as a stitched together B-side project.
Thanks booknerds, I will try to like books better next week, I promise!