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Deadpool Classic Omnibus Vol. 1 (Marvel Omnibus: Deadpool Classic) (英語) ハードカバー – 2016/1/19
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It's a heaping helping of the Merc with a Mouth, chock-full of the craziness that helped form a cult following! Deadpool crosses Loki, joins the Frightful Four, rubs shoulders with Black Panther, and goes into space - but who'll throttle him first: his new roommates, his crazy ex Copycat, or his new sidekick Pool Boy? Deadpool takes on the mob, battles the Punisher, rejoins Weapon X, faces his nemesis T-Ray...and dies - twice! And as if four pretenders ushering in a Reign of the Deadpools isn't enough, who the heck is Agent X and what's his title-stealing deal? Is he Deadpool or ain't he? Taskmaster and Outlaw join the fun...and so should you! Guest-starring Thor, Siryn and Fight-Man! COLLECTING: DEADPOOL (1997) 34-69, BLACK PANTHER (1998) 23, AGENT X 1-15, FIGHT-MAN 1; MATERIAL FROM X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) 28
So when Marvel see’s a character get popular from media, they like to push out as much material as possible, which means more Deadpool (which is already quite a lot as is) material for those interested. The character is just a little over 25 years old, so most of his material is still available on the market. For this omnibus, Marvel is publishing his old series into omnibus form and it is great stuff.
Deadpool Classic - Volume 6 (issues #34-45, Black Panther #23)
Deadpool Classic - Volume 7 (issues #46-56, material from X-Men Unlimited #23)
Deadpool Classic - Volume 8 (issues #57-64)
Deadpool Classic Volume 9 (Deadpool Classics) (issues #65-69, Agent X #1-6)
Deadpool Classic Volume 10 (Agent X #7-15, Fight-Man #1)
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Usually I give a summary of the story as a whole, but since this is Deadpool we’re talking about, it’s really a wide assortment of crazy stories that range from dealing with the possibility of Loki being his father (!?), taking on a sidekick named Pool-Boy, having a love/hate relationship with his former ex-girlfriend Vanessa (again), going back to work for Weapon X that promises to give DP new skin and face, and becoming a costume-less agent appropriately named Agent X (or is it?).
After former writer Joe Kelly pushed Deadpool into new territories by expanding DP’s cast, looking deeper into his moral ambiguity, and introduce his famous 4th Wall breaking meta-speak, numerous writers from Christopher Priest, Gail Simone, Jimmy Palimotti, and Frank Tieri collected here all expand a little of Deadpool in reasonably good ways by expanding his backstory and inner workings to better flush out him trying to be a hero, because DP does want to do good, but his methods are not right enough where many consider him an anti-hero. The writers grasp of humor and storytelling in not quite up to par as Kelly, but they still hold his work well even going so far as to do something Joe Kelly did not follow up with-where he may have introduced Deadpool to breaking the fourth wall, but Christ Priest could be credited for establishing it as an essential part of the character’s personality and worldview as Deadpool acknowledges the readers and himself as a comic character living under whoever writes him.
An example of this is the very first issue upon opening the book. Priest was known for being the writer that editors tended to hand poor selling books to before cancelling them. Since Joe Kelly had already mentioned “The Land Of Cancelled Heroes” on his final page of Deadpool, Priest used that same meta-talk to poke fun at his reputation. After throwing out a bag labeled “every good idea Kelly ever had and everything that made this book work,” Deadpool enters a room filled with every cancelled character Priest has ever touched. He then turns around, and tries to get as far away as he as to show Priest can hold a comic together. It’s priceless, and is an inaugurated piece that would become the standard for the character today. So these stories still vary from writer to writer, but hold up fine for Deadpool.
I do have to point out the drastic change of thing midway through the book for readers as the series ends at #69 and becomes Agent X. The issues collected take place around late 1999-2002. Deaddpool wasn’t popular just yet at the time and wasn’t selling, so it got rebooted into the 15-issue miniseries Agent X (which if you want a whole long detailed idea of that whole event, visit Wikipedia.
A host of artist take up this omnibus from the likes of Jim Calafiore, the manga-styling of UDON, Paul Chadwick, Michael Lopez, and Darick Robertson are just some of the artist contributing here. Most of their work is solid, while the many others who I will not list are not quite as strong, but hold the wacky visual tones of the character.
As for this 2016 omnibus, it’s a true Marvel quality. Oversized hardcover, sewn binding, high-glossy paper, and no gutter loss. Underneath the dust jacket, comes the cover board that features a James Bond-like Deadpool with women around a white background and Deadpool in his Weapon X outfit on the back. Sadly, there is a lack of extras as there are only 4 pages of Frank Tieri’s issue #61 plot and one page of sketches.
While not quite as strong as Joe Kelly’s run, DEADPOOL CLASSIC OMNIBUS VOL.1 carries on the character reasonably well from Kelly’s blueprint. Plenty of shenanigans and tongue-tied humor, with some deeper character-building moments added make this an enjoyable addition for Deadpool fans. I will give this a 4 ½ rating because some of the stories in the middle are hit-or-miss, but this is still some of the best material on the character.
*Seeing as Marvel has this listed as volume 1, it does leave the possibility of a second volume in the future. Be warned though-Deadpool ended with issues #69 collected here, where he does go on to co-star from 2004-2008 as “Cable & Deadpool” (which is here Deadpool & Cable Omnibus. After that, Daniel Way takes over Deadpool in 2008 and changes the character dramatically from a sociopath trying to do good (but in wrong ways), to a schizophrenic that puts humor first over deeper characterization. This version of Deadpool has become the stable of current comics, including what the future volume 2 omnibus will be like.
Until then though, this is still solid.