Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan

Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan

Graphic Novel - 2018
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Logan is searching for a newly discovered Omega-Level mutant and does not want Deadpool's help, so naturally Deadpool tags along to antagonize the old X-man.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781302909178
1302909177
Branch Call Number: GN SHAL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Deadpool versus Old Man Logan

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terrymcginnis
May 19, 2019

"I just farted."
- Maddie

t
terrymcginnis
May 19, 2019

"I know what she is. An innocent child. Keep yer mits off her."
- Old Man Logan

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terrymcginnis
May 19, 2019

"Wonder how many pieces I can cut one person into?"
- Deadpool

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terrymcginnis
May 19, 2019

It’s kind of funny how in all these “Marvel Hero vs Marvel Hero” type stories the heroes usually end up teaming up after fighting it our over some sort of disagreement. Deadpool vs Old Man Logan is no different in this regard. Still, this was pretty entertaining as it had well planned out panels, decent artwork and a plot that was and remained very focused throughout -- probably helped out by the fact this was planned out as five issue limited series from the get-go and the author wasn’t trying to set up several different story arcs at once. Deapool just seems to work in the comic format because he doesn’t take things too seriously and his personality blends in well with the often over the top or farfetched scenarios that you find in most superhero comics.

The story in this one is about a powerful mutant girl named Maddie and a clandestine organization called Genform that wants to exploit her powers for their own nefarious purposes. Old Man and Deadpool try to save this innocent little girl and much violence and carnage ensues in the process.

I think the only thing that bugs me a little about this comic and characters like Deadpool and Wolverine in general is the sometimes truly senseless violence. At one point it looked like Deadpool had slashed the necks of a couple of guys that were bugging an old lady on a train. Later, it seemed like they were alive but maybe just sliced up a bit but it was not entirely clear. The punishment didn’t seem to fit the crime there and maybe just a good old fashioned beating would have sufficed in that situation. There are also many foot soldiers of Genform that are sliced, diced maimed and clearly killed in various ways throughout this book. What I often wonder is that when our “heroes” are depicted in these type of scenarios working so hard to save this young girl and hoping to give her guidance in life (their feelings about her change at some point but I won’t say anymore), they often seem to have little to no thoughts about the lives of the many random foot soldiers that seem to get in the way of their current objective (objectives that seem grounded in flaky reasoning at best). I sometimes wonder don’t these “heroes” ever stop to think what if that foot soldier has a family and what if he used to be a really good guy and fell on hard times and had to take up this job just to support his family and his ailing mother that raised him as a single mom…you get the idea. Does he really deserve to have his life just end with an immediate death sentence carried out in a horribly violent way? Again, it just seems like there are situations where murder and mayhem are unnecessary…and even at odds with the otherwise heroic aspirations of these characters. In the end it’s a comic and I’m definitely overthinking it but if these guys are going to be depicted has having a conscience then I wish there would be more consistency in their convictions.

My final gripe about this book is why in 2018 are modern writers still pursuing sexist clichés about “saving the innocent little girl” that doesn’t know any better. Even if you add a twist to this it doesn’t really make it all that clever. It's time to do something fresh and more with the times and finally get away from the stuff that helped anchor comics with a bad rep as an entire medium for storytelling.

What if one of the guys you just killed was like Bob, what then Deadpool? I’ll let those of you who don’t know Bob look that up. More than ‘nuff said about this one!

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