Spider-Man/Deadpool #5 Comic Book Review
Spider-Man and Deadpool team up again! Actually, since the two of them are probably have the most team-ups in Marvel history, it is not surprising that they are together again. They share an interesting dynamic: Deadpool adores Spidey, while Spider-Man barely tolerates Wade, though he does usually show pity on poor ‘Pool. If you like Spider-Man and/or Deadpool, then this title is for you!
In this team-up mini-series, Deadpool has been hired by a mysterious character to put the hit on an evil billionaire who abuses his power, does bad stuff, and is mean to people. No, not Donald Trump…the hit is to be on…Peter Parker! Yes, the Peter who is currently head of Parker Industries and, unbeknownst to Deadpool, is really Spider-Man. And not evil.
Oh, in case you were wondering, this is where we delve underground to get to the heart and soul of the spoilers….
In this issue, Peter is already dead (killed by Deadpool in the last issue), but his soul is not in Hell, where an evil billionaire should be after death. This confuses Wade and his lovely succubus/demon wife, Shiklah (she who is queen of the Monster Metropolis which lies under New York City). Ever the perfectionist (ha!) Deadpool returns to the scene of the crime, has Shiklah use magic to bring Peter back to life, then Wade shoots Peter again (in the head. With a shotgun.) to make sure he is really dead. Still no evil Parker soul in the underground. Which leads Wade to think that maybe, just maybe, he was fooled by the guy putting out the contract on Parker and maybe, just maybe, Peter Parker is not actually evil.
So now Wade has to go and find out where Peter’s soul is residing. Realizing he has to die to go find Parker (which, as all Deadpool fans know, is actually a tough thing for Wade to do), he has Shiklah skewer him with his sword, and goes downtown to find Peter being attacked by a monstrous version of…Mysterio…who is also able to manifest evil and hateful versions of Gwen, Uncle Ben, and Doc Ock (all dead last time we checked), to fight Peter.
Wade, using some of his knowledge of magical stuff he got from his wife, tells Parker to create a patronus (spirit protector) to help him fight Mysterio. Peter, of course, comes up with a Spider-Man patronus (see the faded version of Spidey in the image below), to defeat Mysterio.
But then we find out the real villain in this piece, and the very intriguing things he says to Peter…
Yes, more spoiler-warning here…
We see Mephisto show up to tell Peter a secret! I think all Spider-Man fans can guess that this secret has to do with the events of the hated One More Day storyline from 2007. For now, that is only a guess, as we have to see what happens in Spider-Man/Deadpool #8, which is when this story arc picks up again. Yes, it said that at the end of the book, really!
This story, by Joe Kelly, hits the mark in getting the characters of Wade, Peter, Shiklah, and yes, even Mephisto down right. The art by Ed McGuinness is perfect for a Spidey/’Pool book, and the book itself was a pleasure to look at. Good job all around by this creative team.
If you like either Spider-Man or Deadpool, this title should be an automatic pickup.
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