Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 5: Arms Race

Spider Man Deadpool Vol 5

Publisher: Marvel
Released: April 24th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Spider-Man/Deadpool 23-28
Rating:  3.5 Stars

Spider-Man and Deadpool are back with another messed up team up! I have to admit, these two will always be my favorite pairing. Even when I don’t love the plot (which sadly does happen sometimes) I will usually get a laugh out of their interactions, if nothing else. This volume is no exception.

One thing to be aware of though; unlike the previous Spider-Man/Deadpool comics, where it didn’t really matter what else was going on in the Marvel world (because let’s be honest, these two can easily keep themselves entertained and Deadpool doesn’t know what’s going on half the time anyway…) in this volume it’s actually relevant. So there’s going to be some spoilers for both Deadpool and Spider-Man’s plots, if you’re not up to date with them. It also talks about some world events, like what has happened after Civil War II and with Captain America’s plotline (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, and don’t want it spoiled, seriously, skip this volume until you’re caught up. You’ll thank me).

Spoiler Warning

This Spider-Man/Deadpool volume is drastically different from the other volumes, and I’m not sure how I feel about that, to be honest. It’s more heavily tied in with the bigger plots going on with Marvel (like I mentioned above), which I’m actually okay with, on the whole. Thinking on it, it would actually be really hard to avoid the ramifications and consequences that would have come about because of other plots, so I guess they had to include it somehow.

Basically there are two distinct things they’re pulling from, at least as far as I can tell; (spoiler warning!) Peter Parker’s main storyline (which makes sense, but I’m also not up to date in this one – I know, I’m so bad – so I can’t speak to what is actually happening other than seeing what’s bled over) and the whole snafu with Captain America (they spoil that one pretty massively, as Deadpool played a major part in something that happened towards the end). The end result is us seeing a weird team up; Peter Parker is homeless and penniless (quite the change from when we last saw him), Deadpool is ostracized for what he did (I don’t even want to say it here…feels like too big of a spoiler), and S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen (again).

The last bit is really the most relevant part to the story, if you ask me. Because what happens when a major organization like S.H.I.E.L.D. falls? Where do their weapons go? And how far is Wade willing to go to make a few bucks? …Need I say more about the situation? Obviously Spider-Man takes issue with that, and thus our plot is born.

This volume was interesting in that it both was and wasn’t a team up story. There were times the two of them were working together, and times when they were working against each other. I know that’s sort of a staple for this particular pairing, but the transitions were much more rapid in this storyline; so the point where even our heroes (can I call Deadpool a hero? That doesn’t feel right…) get a bit confused.

All in all it was an interesting read. There were definitely some interesting points here; personally I’m greedy for any information for what the consequences would be when a behemoth like S.H.I.E.L.D. goes down (I still wish the TV show had focused on that instead of…well…what they actually focused on, really) so that was great. The bombs dropped in the beginning of the volume are pretty intense if you’re not caught up on what’s going on (and they don’t even try to pretend that they’re not potentially spoilers – I respect that). There were some funny bits as per usual. But otherwise this was mostly a ‘meh’ volume. But I’ll absolutely take this over nothing!


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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