Hmm, with how much I disliked Secret Avengers #22, maybe I SHOULD have made this issue of Deadpool my Pick of the Litter for the week... Well, let's hope this comic is better than the first one I read this week...
Summary: After watching his deformed clone die last issue, Deadpool is on a mission... A mission to DIE!!! Um, seriously though, since Evil Deadpool had been killed by a dart that negates Deadpool's healing factor, Deadpool wants to get his hands on that dart, since it would finally give him what he'd always wanted. Death. To that end, Deadpool ends up setting several powerful characters out to track down the anti-healing factor serum, for him... Pool tells Daken, Hydra Bob(who Pool sends to tell Kingpin), and Uncanny X-Force about the serum and waits for the results of their investigations. Daken is interested in getting a hold of the serum since he wanted to make sure it couldn't negate HIS healing factor, while Kingpin sees it as an opportunity to keep the mutants in line and expand his territory. Wolverine, believing Kingpin already had the serum(thanks to some crafty lying by Deadpool), wants to find the sniper who shot Evil Deadpool before heading after Kingpin himself. Wolvie manages to figure out that the sniper who shot Evil Deadpool was one of two men, and Deadpool teleports away with that information, hoping to get to the right sniper before anybody else. Meanwhile, Kingpin has sent Typhoid Mary and the Hand after one of the snipers, which ultimately brings Mary and the Hand into direct conflict with X-Force. Daken had managed to get to the other sniper and speaks with the man apparently responsible for the hit on Deadpool... Tombstone(!!). Upon hearing from Daken that Pool was still alive(he thought Pool was the dead Evil Deadpool), Tombstone orders some more serum.
Thoughts: Yup, I definitely should have made this comic my Pick of the Litter... Well, let's all pretend that I did! This was a hell of a good comic. The story was solid, we had a large cast of characters, and all of them were used well, with nobody really getting lost in the shuffle. First, let's look at the story... We have Tombstone out to kill Deadpool. Tombstone has managed to get a scientist to create a serum that negates Pool's healing factor thanks to a private investigator getting a hold of some of Deadpool's hair back from when Pool was a kid. Next we get a mess of characters who have interacted with Pool over the years(even Typhoid Mary!), which makes this issue even sweeter to a longtime Deadpool fan such as myself. The dialogue was good, the art was good, really, my only gripe, and it's a SMALL one, is who the apparent mastermind here is... Tombstone was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, so I'm kind of surprised to find that he's the guy who managed to figure out a way to finally kill Deadpool... I'd have preferred T-Ray or somebody similar, but what can ya do? Besides that very minor quibble, this was a splendid start to what should be a fantastic storyline.
Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.
Dan Way + Daken + Deadpool = near perfection.