The first review of this new comic week is the book I designated this week's Pick of the Litter, Deadpool. The cliffhanger last issue leaves this issue really up in the air, so we'll see just where Dan Way takes Deadpool in this issue.
Summary: We find out that Tombstone actually DID give Hydra Bob the serum that would negate Deadpool's healing factor, with the deal being that Bob would alert Tombstone that Pool was vulnerable so Tombstone could kill Pool off. Pool is delighted by this turn of events and thanks Bob before teleporting away. Pool heads to X-Force and basically taunts them all for being suckers and doing his bidding. That pisses them off, which is exactly what Pool wanted, so he leaves before Wolvie can gut him. Pool teleports back to Bob to gloat that X-Force would make sure to kill him, but Bob rants at Pool, telling him that the deal Bob made was that in exchange for the serum, TOMBSTONE had to kill Deadpool, nobody else... And if somebody else killed Pool? You know Tombstone would be taking it out on Bob... Bob goes on to explain that he had hoped that injecting Pool with the serum would make Pool realize how valuable life was, forcing Pool to forget his death wish... So now Pool is faced with the realization that if he dies, Bob, his only true friend, would die a brutal death at the hands of an angry Tombstone. As for X-Force? This issue ends with Wolverine declaring that they would be killing Deadpool for all of the crap he put the team through.
Thoughts: I enjoyed reading this comic. I had a smile on my face throughout most of it, and really, isn't that what reading a comic should do? The fact that Bob had the serum kind of made sense, since he was a known associate of Pool, and would be able to get close to him, so I get why Tombstone would give Bob the serum. I also get why Bob stuck Pool with the serum, because he was hoping that feeling “normal” would give Pool a different outlook on life, and make him want to live. The only thing I didn't get was why Pool didn't simply shoot himself in the head or allow Wolvie to murder him at the X-Force base... Why anger X-Force, leading them to chasing Pool around before they killed him? If the end result Pool wanted was to die at the hands of X-Force, well he had that chance in THIS issue... But then this IS Deadpool we're talking about, so I probably shouldn't try to spend too much time pondering his actions.
Score: 8 out of 10.
As am I.