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Review: Deadpool and Wolverine: WWIII #1

In this review of Deadpool and Wolverine: WWIII #1, Wolverine and our favorite merc with a mouth find themselves crossing paths again.

 

Deadpool and Wolverine: WWIII #1 main cover
Deadpool and Wolverine: WWIII #1 main cover by Adam Kubert

Deadpool and Wolverine: WWIII #1
Writer: Joe Kelly

Art and Main Cover by:  Adam Kubert
Colors: Frank Martin
Variant Covers:  Gabriel Dell’otto, Rob Liefield, Todd Nauck, InHyuk Lee
Release Date: May 01, 2024

 

This review contains spoilers

With comic book fans abuzz for Deadpool & Wolverine (the third installment in Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool tenure), scheduled to release July 26, Marvel has rolled out the red carpet early, debuting a brand new series featuring the two beloved characters.

A characteristically grumpy Wolverine is sent by a contact in the Vancouver PD to kill Wither, a new energy-wielding psycho with cryptic origins [unrelated to the character of the same name from New Mutants (2003)]. Coincidentally, our favorite ‘Merc with a Mouth’, Deadpool is already toe-deep in a bloody ballet with our foe by the time Wolverine joins the party. After besting this new baddie, the two go their separate ways – but later, an uncanny (get it?) feeling makes Wolverine track down Deadpool’s SkyBnb, only to find a burner phone and a trail leading to a remote hotel in Russia.

Soon, Wolverine’s search brings him face to face with danger, secrets, and a cabal of high-powered ne’er do wells who have pitted an enhanced Deadpool against him. Information is scarce, and often the reader may find themselves asking, “Who is this and why are they important?” only for said character to be killed off panels later (albeit quite entertainingly). Struggling against its own conceit of mystery, the story sometimes evokes a sense of whiplash as you play catch-up, wondering if you missed an explanation somewhere. Ultimately, the broad strokes (literally and metaphorically) are compelling enough to put aside any critiques… for now.

 

Image Credit: Marvel Comics

 

Joe Kelly navigates the difficult terrain of a first issue rife with intrigue and loose threads by stringing us along with just enough of the action and quips we’ve come to love from these characters; a tough task as so much of the first issue is set-up with little payoff. Longtime fans of the characters are treated to the best of Deadpool’s signature chatter, with ‘if you know, you know’ references to Rob Liefield’s Wolverine rip-off Wildside, send ups of Danny DeVito, and parody brands like Slim Nortons.

Kelly’s writing is bolstered by the fine work of penciller Adam Kubert and colorist Frank Martin, who contrast the cold greens and blues of downtown Vancouver and Irkutsk, Russia, with the vibrant warms of dive bars and palatial hotels. The same contrast is present in the posing of our two leads, each different in style, combat, and mannerisms; it does well to differentiate the characters to any new readers brought by the upcoming movie. A special nod to Kubert’s inclusion of both Wolverine’s yellow and brown costume and his yellow and blue costume, then later a slightly altered version of Deadpool’s belt to reflect the presence of… The Illuminati? We shall find out when the next issue drops June 12!

Overall, the first third of the new mini-series is promising enough to warrant setting aside questions and gripes, so long as its second and third acts land. From Kelly and Kubert, we expect nothing less.

 

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Deadpool & Wolverine: WWIII #1
Final Thoughts
Occasionally detail-elusive, the otherwise exciting D&P:WWIII starts strong with a fresh story of our favorite violent duo, just in time to whet comic fans' appetites!
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