Deadpool’s Art Of War #2: Deadpool Is Tricking The Entire Marvel Universe Into War For A Book Deal
Deadpool’s Art of War #2, written by Peter David and illustrated by Scott Koblish, continues the tale of how Deadpool plans to sell lots of copies of his version of The Art of War by making sure the entire world is at war when it gets released.
Deadpool’s Art off War #2 Cover by Scott Koblish via Marvel.com
Deadpool’s Art Of War #2
WRITER: Peter David
ARTIST: Scott Koblish
COLORIST: Val Staples
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2014
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Deadpool’s Art Of War #2 tells the honorable tale of how Deadpool, one of the least heroic men in the Marvel universe, decides that he wants to republish The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The book deals aren’t exactly rolling in because he is just reselling the same book and calling it public domain. However, Deadpool isn’t one to throw money away, so he puts together a sure fire scam; the best way to ensure that his version of The Art of War outsells the original is making sure the entire world is at war when it releases.
This is the third time I’ve picked up a Deadpool title because of the cover, the first being the absolutely fabulous Night of the Living Deadpool earlier this year and Hawkeye vs Deadpool that is currently ongoing, and this is the second time I haven’t been let down. I’ve come to the conclusion that Deadpool’s very specific brand of hyper-violent and very “meta” form of humor works best when it’s applied to other genres in brief periods. Deadpool is a character that exists for the writer to poke fun at the lack of the 4th wall, the turn of phrase that comes from a character directly acknowledging the reader, and most of Deadpool’s humor comes from him addressing the reader directly. Deadpool’s Art of War isn’t any different as Deadpool spends most of the book reading passages from The Art of War, while he tricks the entire Marvel universe into going to war in the background.
Truth be told it wasn’t just the great cover art that made me pick up the first issue and then add it to my pull list. Peter David is a comic legend; Marvel fans might know him as the writer of The Incredible Hulk from 1962-1999, and he is the reason anyone cares about the Hulk to this day. David was the one who really launched the character onto the A list and made him a staple of the Marvel universe. DC Comic fans might know him as the writer of the fantastically underappreciated Supergirl series from 1996-2003. David has always been a talented writer that has a great flare for the bizarre. He gives Deadpool a perfect voice that straddles the line of self awareness while still having fun. I knew when I saw his name on the cover that Deadpool’s Art of War was going to be fun, if nothing else maybe a little weird.
The art by Scott Koblish is also lovely for the book that David is going for. It has a very ‘feudal Japan’ look that works perfectly for the story being told. The art combined with colorist Val Staples might not be the brightest in the world, but it makes every frame look like a painting. I’m almost happy this is a four part series because I’d be afraid they couldn’t keep this quality of art up for the long term. For this series, though, it works and I’m happy to continue to turn the page to see what is going to happen next.
If I have any real criticism it’s the same criticism I have for every book that Deadpool is in; if you don’t like that self reference, 4th wall breaking sense of humor, then this isn’t the book for you. As I said I believe Deadpool works in small doses, in limited series, but if the character has never appealed to you then I don’t see Deadpool’s Art of War changing anyone’s mind. However, if you’ve enjoyed the character in the past then Deadpool’s Art of War is worth a look; it’s only four issues long anyway.
Deadpool’s Art of War #1 Cover by Scott Koblish via Marvel.com