Released: July 31st 2018
Issues: Spider-Man/Deadpool 29-33
Has it really been six volumes of this team-up already? I swear the last time I sat down to write a review for these guys they were on the chopping block. Apparently that didn’t happen! I still maintain that Spider-Man/Deadpool is one of my favorite team-ups, if for nothing else than the witty banter that’s guaranteed to be in the pages of every volume.
I’ll confess that I don’t always enjoy the plots for Spider-Man/Deadpool as much as I would like. Thankfully I almost always enjoy the character interactions, which in all fairness is usually at least sixty percent of each issue/volume, so there’s that.
Vol. 6 of Spider-Man/Deadpool is yet another far future story/time travel. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting a little tired of these ones. I actually think they had a lot of potential to be breaking the fourth wall all over the place, it is Deadpool after all, and time travel lends well to those jokes…but nope. They actually seemed to be trying to be fairly serious about the whole thing, which is…interesting.
We’ve always known that Deadpool likes Spider-Man more than Spider-Man likes Deadpool. That’s old news. What we didn’t know was just how far that went. Apparently Deadpool is willing to sacrifice a lot in order to keep his Spider pal up and going. It’s actually a little heartbreaking, when you stop to think about the fact that it likely isn’t reciprocated. Sure, Spider-Man will save Deadpool should the need arise, but as he used to say ‘everybody gets one’, so it’s really nothing personal for him. I could be wrong on that though; but it does appear that more often than not he’s keen to get rid of Deadpool…and Deadpool is a bit of a nuisance, so I get it.
Anyway, moving on. This volume is set in a far future, and there’s Deadpool clones and everything. Naturally they’re all trying to kill Spider-Man and Deadpool. There’s a lot more going on with this plot, but it gets pretty messed up and convoluted really quickly. Deadpool going back in time doesn’t help that much either.
This plot actually had a lot of potential. I think they either needed to take it more or less seriously though, because the balance was off. Either we needed more of Deadpool breaking the Fourth Wall, or we needed to see some more emotional investments from Spider-Man to help balance things out a bit more. Because as it stands it’s just pure chaos with a touch of Deadpool thrown into the mix.
I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Spider-Man/Deadpool in the future, as it seems like they just can’t keep those two down. I know that regardless of how I felt about this volume, I’ll without a doubt be reading anything that follows it. I just can’t help myself. I love these two so much.