Somebody light a match!
Hot on the heels of Deadpool's comic book death in Deadpool #45, Deadpool movie star Ryan Reynolds tweeted the following image, along with the hashtag #alivepool.
While this certainly doesn't seem to be an official image, it certainly has Deadpool's trademark humor all over it.
You can catch Deadpool when it hits theaters on February 12, 2016.
Deadpool #45 is out today, and Newsarama's David Pepose has his thoughts about it here:
Written by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Mike Drucker, Paul Scheer, Nick Giovannetti, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Scott Aukerman, Jason Mantzoukas and Matt Selman
Art by Mike Hawthorne, Scott Koblish, J.J. Kirby, Ty Templeton, Natalie Nourigat, Mirko Colak, Todd Nauck, Jacob Chabot, Terry Pallot, Jordie Bellaire, Val Staples, Veronica Gandini and Ruth Redmond
Lettering by Joe Sabino
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by David Pepose
'Rama Rating: 7 out of 10
With 80 pages of story chronicling the death of Wade Wilson, it's clear that Deadpool wasn't going to die without a bang. Weighing in at a cool $9.99, the Merc With a Mouth goes out the way he lived - namely, tugging at people's patience and staying just a little bit beyond his welcome. That said, while six of this book's eight stories don't always hit the mark, the two main stories by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn feel like a worthwhile sendoff to the regenerating degenerate.
For me, the best part about the book has to be the end - and I don't mean the death of Deadpool himself. The final story - "Deadpool Roasts the Marvel Universe: An Infinity Gauntlet Tie-In" - I think sums up Deadpool the best, in terms of his inner plight, his fourth-wall-breaking sense of humor, and his current context as the premier funnyman of the Marvel Universe. Featuring Deadpool wielding the Infinity Gauntlet, Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan assemble the best and brightest of the Marvel Universe... and completely thumb their noses at them. Artist Scott Koblish clearly relishes all the goofy expressions here, particularly the way how all these characters look ridiculous when you have a talking duck in a three-piece suit, or slapping a bow tie on Fantomex.
Once you get the joke of this story - namely, that there really aren't any jokes, just the humor of watching the Hulk totally bomb or Wolverine wearing Madeline Pryor's "Inferno" dress - it actually feels perfect for Deadpool. He's the bad dad joke maker of the Marvel Universe, and so it's particularly profound that Duggan and Posehn actually see him for the crying, Weapon X-tortured clown he really is. They one-up themselves in Grant Morrison-esque fashion as Deadpool then faces his audience, shaming us for our four-color hobby: "My life isn't any less real than yours, but knowing that I exist solely for your amusement will be an endless source of depression," Wade tells us. "So enjoy your funny books. But just know that not everyone finds them funny."
Did I just get schooled by a Deadpool comic? Wow.
With a strong bow to Deadpool as a character, the rest of the stories understandably suffer in comparison - and when you have a $10 price tag, that's a lot to stomach. Posehn and Duggan's first story, which ties up this particular run, feels surprisingly grim for the most part, as Wade takes the fight to Flag-Smasher and ULTIMATUM. Gone are much of the jokes, feeling in the same realm as any Liam Neeson or Fast and Furious action movie, as Deadpool begins shooting and blasting everything that moves. There are some bits that feel a bit discordant - it's hard to reconcile a grim Merc With a Mouth with the black magic-wielding ghost of Thomas Jefferson, for example - but the action as a whole feels strong, thanks to Mike Hawthorne's strong composition. But unlike the story I mentioned above, this story falls on its face a bit with an anti-joke of a conclusion - yes, Wade Wilson dies in this comic, but the punchline is groanworthy, and not in a good way.
The other four stories, unfortunately, drag this book down in a big way. Deadpool as a character is kind of a two-note protagonist - he's either joking, or he's brooding. But that means his supporting cast often feels one-dimensional in comparison, or at the very least, part of an in-joke that you're only in on if you've been reading (and enjoying) every single issue that's come before. Deadpool's wife Shiklah gets an overcolored, Captain America-swiping short by Mike Drucker, J.J. Kirby and Veronica Gandini that only elicits a chuckle or two; meanwhile, shorts featuring a mentally enhanced dog or Michael the Necromancer will barely make you crack a smile. Additionally, some backups featuring Agent Adsit and Thomas Jefferson feel completely forgettable, with the art and story just not engaging enough to hook readers. (That said, these backups aren't complete losses: artists Natalie Nourigat and Jacob Chabot are both great finds, with cartoony and engaging styles that I hope to see more of in future Marvel books.)
Like its titular hero, you have to take the bad with the good when it comes to Deadpool #45. The good happens to be really good, and to me, that outweighs some of the dead weight that's upping this book's price and page count. Most books wouldn't get that benefit of the doubt - but there's something that feels quintessentially Wade Wilson of having to make your way through some annoyances before getting to the real meat and potatoes. While the extra content may feel largely self-indulgent, Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan manage to get in two great stories featuring the Merc With a Mouth, and that makes this book worth the hefty price.