Reader Beware: Deadpool Killustrated

There are a number of literary classics that I have not read either because I haven’t gotten to them yet or because I never plan to.  Moby Dick, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, a whole slew of books that probably still appear on school reading lists to this day, all unread by me.  Well, luckily, I don’t need to read those books anymore.  This is because Deadpool is traveling through the Ideaverse, where all these books originate, and killing off all your favorite characters one by one.  This is Deadpool Killustrated.

“Deadpool has already killed every hero in the Marvel Universe, but he isn’t through. This time… Deadpool’s gonna take down the most famous characters in classic literature! Why read a book when you can watch a book die?! Tom Sawyer gets slashed in TWAIN! The Little Women’s throats MAY get ALL-CUT! Scrooge gets a visit from THREE BULLETS! Gulliver gets a SWIFT DEATH! The Three Musketeers are all for DONE! Sherlock Holmes gets to the bottom of HIS OWN GRAVE! And more book-related puns! Can Deadpool rid the universe of the scourge of classical literature? Throw away your library card and buy this book! You never knew how badly you needed this!”

In my opinion, out of the Deadpool Killogy, this book has the most interesting story.  I’m always a sucker for a good literary crossover gimmick.  This one has a majority of the favorites:  the Headless Horseman, the Three Musketeers, Dracula, Frankenstein and his monster, and even the great detective Sherlock Holmes.  Obviously, my favorite parts of the book had to do with Deadpool going after the awesome icons of horror.  As Deadpool kills his way through the so-called Ideaverse (where all books come from, apparently), we see Sherlock take the lead of a group of well known heroes in order to take the mad mercenary down.  This story is very awesome for those of use who like famous characters… Unless you don’t like watching them die painfully.  I mean, that’s the soul reason Deadpool’s there anyway.

This book has some awesome designs for the characters we all know and love.  Special kudos go to the Headless Horseman and Frankenstein’s monster designs.  They were exceptionally cool and freaky.  The entire book is equal parts cartoony and gritty, which is appropriate as the book’s tone this time around is equal parts comedy and horror.  Personally, this books balance between tones is just about perfect as I laughed quite a bit and was disturbed by Deadpools violent antics just as much.  It was all very satisfying from a tone standpoint.

Honestly, having read all of the Deadpool Killogy already (the 3rd installment shall be reviewed next), this particular installment is my favorite.  I like the story and the over all idea of the book, bringing the different literary characters together with one awesome comic book character.  I loved the artwork for looking both cartoony and gory.  Finally, the book just has a perfect tone for a horror comedy piece, as this obviously is.  I would say this entire series is worth it for this installment alone.


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