Writer Cullen Bunn continues the latest Deadpool & Zombies story in Return of the Living Deadpool #3. This is Deadpool at his best weirdness. This mini-series picks up where the Night of the Living Deadpool series left off (which was itself a spin-off of the popular Marvel Zombies books), and takes us into a post-apocalyptic zombie nightmare made all the worse by the fact that there are Deadpools everywhere. If you have not been following along with this series, or our past reviews. Deadpool was eaten by the zombies at the end of Night of the Living Deadpool as a means of defeating said zombies. As they ate him, they turned into unzombified, but still crazy, versions of Deadpool. It seemed the zombie plague could be beaten. Fast forward over a decade, and the world is now populated by (still) lots of zombies, a few surviving humans (including a strong young woman named Liz), and a lot of crazy, evil Deadpools created by the aforementioned "Deadpool-Get-Eaten-By-Zombies" tactic. The One True Deadpool (we think), has teamed up with Liz and is trying to help her. In this third issue, they get themselves captured and taken into a big city populated by seemingly thousands of Deadpools, each with a unique personality (disorder), and affectations. Oh, and they are all out to kill or "repurpose" both zombies and humans. Not nice 'Pool-People! As this reviewer sat reading this Deadpool comic, a distinct "Planet of the Apes" feel seemed to appear as this comic was read. One suspects that this is Cullen Bunn's intention, as evidenced by the end of this book. (More on that later...). Part of the fun of Deadpool is that he is totally unpredictable, a point noted by Liz as 'Pool hacks his way through his crazy cousins. As they make their way into the bowels of this Deadpool-infested city, our Wade is mysteriously drawn to a unique gathering underground. SPOILER ALERT HERE...WATCH YOUR STEP OR YOU MAY END UP WITH MESSY WADE ON YOUR SHOE... The ending of this comic (and the set-up for issue #4) is, to the fanatical long-time Deadpool fan, ecstatic in the total geekiness that is Cullen Bunn. As Deadpool and Liz are drawn to the underground, they find an alter-like scene with "High-Priest"-type Deadpools asking which faction they belong to. The factions mentioned include: Remender, Simone, Bunn, Duggan and Posehn, and other current and past Deadpool writers' names. This is the ultimate breakdown of the Fourth Wall! And, this promises lead to a great storyline in Night of the Living Deadpool #4. Oh, and that Planet of the Apes feeling? This last scene of Night of the Living Deadpool #3 reminds us of the ending of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, as our heroes in that film discover an underground society of diseased and crazy humans who worship a nuclear weapon. Not an exact analogy, but close enough to what we see at the end of this Deadpool comic. Is that the imagery that Cullen Bunn and artist Nicole Virella are going for? If you like Deadpool at all, this is a good read!
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