Deadpool #1 by Ammar Al Subahi
Writer: Gregg Dugan & Brian Posehn
Artist: Tony Moore
Colors: Val Staples
Premise: Dead presidents return as evil zombies intent on destroying the very same country they once governed, and only Deadpool can stop them.
When a mad necromancer resurrects Harry S. Truman as an evil zombie, SHIELD agent preston sends Captain America to stop him!
...Which turns out to be a really bad idea. Apparently, Americans citizens don't like the idea of renowned American heroes such as Cap beating the crap out of American presidents. Bad publicity, or some such. So agent Preston is left with a warning to not use public heroes like Cap and the Avengers, and has to come up with a way to deal with all the other prez-zombies quietly.
Shortly after, a mad F.D.R. zombie attacks New York, and the only thing standing between him and the destruction of NY is Deadpool -- the merc with a mouth that no one really likes. Who just happens to conveniently be there. Needless to say, after making short work of F.D.R., Deadpool finds himself with a new job at SHIELD .
Deadpool is traditionally all about wacky adventures and bizarre hijinks, and this new ongoing follows suit, for sure. But I had one problem with this issue: I didn't think this was any fun.
I mean, it's a really fun concept and all, but I thought Deadpool himself and his voice, or maybe rather Dugan's & Posehn's characterisation of him, felt stale and uninspired. I think I recall reading somewhere that they both were a comedians... ehh... really?
Still, it's a rather okay issue. The art by Moore & Staples is good, and the concept at least is as mentioned fun, which is enough to drive the book for this arc, at least. And it should be easy enough for new readers to pick up on. But it lacks that extra 'umph' that Daniel Way's previous run had.
Maybe as the cast grows bigger, and the writing duo get more comfortable with the character and the form (they're both new to writing comics) we'll get more meat to this story. But for now, I can only give the book an 'OK'. Reluctantly so, even.