CABLE AND DEADPOOL 45
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciler: Relly Brown
Inker: Jeremy Freeman
I will admit up front: I have a big, huge weak spot for comics that don’t take themselves very seriously, and for humorous, sarcastic characters. When they’re done well, they’re just a lot of fun: the re-launch of JLA and Peter David’s run on The Incredible Hulk and X-Factor were some of my favorites back in my heyday of the early 90’s (what you kids nowadays probably refer to as “Ancient History”). My opinion of Fabian Nicieza has wavered greatly over the years (loved the launch of The New Warriors, hated the launch of X-Force and the overall introduction of Cable), but I’m glad to see he can bring the funny when he wants to.
Granted, there is a lot of potential with the character of Deadpool, but trust me: it takes a lot more work than you think to write a truly entertaining character. There’s a lot more people out there who think they’re funny and aren’t, then vice versa. And posting the blog from Bob the Hydra Agent on the first page? Brilliant.
Recently Deadpool and Bob got caught in a bit of hiccup in the space-time continuom, and having been zapping around the timeline randomly. In this issue, they end up in Germany during World War II, and run directly into a battle involving Captain America and Bucky. As it turns out, Cap is looking for Arnim Zola, and Deadpool suggests teaming up (hoping that Zola might “know a mad scientist that knows a mad scientist” that might be able to help them get back to their own time. Bob has to fight his Hydra-engrained hatred/fear of Cap, but reluctantly agrees.
One of my favorite sayings for quite a few years has been: “history is written by the victors”. Nicieza has some fun with that concept, turning Bucky into a distrusting foul mouthed little pyscho (as Bob puts it: “Who gives a teenage kid a machine gun and says, ‘Go get ’em!’?”). And he writes a very well-crafted scene where Cap questions the use of himself as a “propaganda tool” during the war, while allowing the character to retain his dignity and poise the entire time. The Deadpool character is somewhat subdued during most of the book, but even that is addressed in-character.
The art is pretty standard comic-booky, with some good vibrant colors that give the WWII timeline a nice (even if unintended) nostalgic feel, especially in the opening battle scenes.
Rating: 8 out of 10