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Deadpool #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

Deadpool’s newest mercenary job has him going after the King of Monsters, who has claimed a new kingdom for his monstrous subjects…on Staten Island! But you know what they say, when you come at the king, you better not miss! The Merc with a Mouth finds himself neck deep in political intrigue, monster law, and a monster hunter out for blood! It’s like The Crown but with even more swords and monsters! Can Deadpool’s smooth charisma and deft diplomacy allow him to keep his head, or will he be royally screwed?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Kelly Thompson’s Deadpool is “King of the Monsters,” but he’s also already king of our hearts. Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo are the perfect team to bring the best out of the mere with a mouth, a title Wade lives up in a multitude of hilarious scenarios throughout the issue. Bachalo has shown a knack in the past for conveying emotion through animated expressions with his previous work on Spider-Man, but his work on Wade is even better, maximizing Thompson’s every punch line with the perfect expression or visual cue. Thompson brings out the best parts of Wade, and bringing in Elsa Bloodstone was a mark of genius, as the two compliment each other extremely well. That said, we quickly developed an affinity for the place Wilson now rules and the quirky cast of characters that call it home, and going forward their development will be the key to keeping the book feeling fresh. Amongst all the fun is even a little bit of heartbreak, and it’s that unique blend of comedy, emotion, and irreverence that makes Deadpool #1 an instant classic.

  • 92

    Black Nerd Problems

    In this issue we still get our saucy mercenary who doesn’t know the right time to shut up, the right basis of all good things Deadpool. What I hope to see in future issues is the different ways in which Wade handles his stoic emotions. We see it in the fight with the Monster King and we see it in the slow tear of an empire he took over, but what are other clever ways can we see Deadpool face his inevitable sadness? Deadpool #1 introduced the pains of regeneration. When you’re too numb and you’re trying to find modes of escape. I am excited to see what this creative team does with Deadpool’s humor as well as the construction of sadness that showcases the various layers we have yet to discuss.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    In a Deadpool book there is always one thing you can be certain of and that is dialogue! The Merc with a Mouth really earns his name in Deadpool #1 with a voice that feels different but still familiar when it counts. While the humor doesn’t always land, there are enough jokes to keep you having fun throughout the entire book. Special mention to letterer Joe Sabino for handling such a large task with apparent ease!

    The premise is strong, but the characterization of Deadpool is where readers will find something new to dig into. It’s welcoming to new and longtime readers in that it doesn’t rely on past volumes to build on his place in the Marvel universe. I am surprised that the only X-Men mention we get has little to do with the Hickman-era reboot though, it feels like there was an opportunity to do something new and insightful with the character from that perspective. But who knows what the future holds! We still got a few great moments with some surprise characters including Elsa Bloodstone and even Gwenpool so it seems we are in for a real thrill.

    As the ancient monster law demands…ALL HAIL THE KING!


  • 88

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    All in all, Deadpool #1 brings us into this strange story with some familiar faces from Thompson’s previous works to put her own flare into the story while keeping it as comical and fun as it should be. I’m very intrigued to see more of this monster-filled tale, and I am positive by the end of this issue, you will be too.

  • 86

    Geek'd Out

    The launch of this new first issue (his ninth, I believe) does coincide with Marvels recent Dawn of X relaunch. Unlike many of the new X-books, however, this series appears to be largely self-contained and new-reader friendly, despite Deadpools frequent inclusion with the Merry Mutants. In fact, apart from the appearance of a couple characters from Thompsons recently-concluded West Coast Avengers, this issue is perfectly accessible to first-time readers and long-time fans. With its hyper-violence and edgy, yet mostly lighthearted humor, this new arc acts as a spiritual successor to the now-classic runs by Gail Simone and Joe Kelly, which is a very good thing for both the character and readers alike.

  • 80


    As first issues go this comic is funny, captures the light and comedic nature of Deadpool well, and sets up an interesting premise and situation. This is a fresh take on Deadpool thanks to a wild new situation for him to navigate.

  • 80


    Kelly Thompson is a great fit for Deadpool, and she displays that right away in Deadpool #1.

    During her Mr. and Mrs. X run with Rogue and Gambit, Thompson was able to work with Deadpool a bit. He had his moments, but she wasn’t able to dig as deep with the character as she now can.

    Now, the main reason Thompson is a good fit for Deadpool is she doesn’t get overly consumed with the plot in her writing. She develops her main characters more and makes them her own. That’s not to say she ignores the plot. Thompson just allows characters’ personalities to shine. Deadpool readers are here for action, no question, but his personality is what separates him from other comic book characters. (…) Chris Bachalo has the pencils with a slew of inkers. His interpretation of Deadpool isn’t my favorite. It’s not so much his style, in general. Because he does draw some other notable characters, and they look great. But Bachalo’s Deadpool is flimsy. There’s little muscle definition and he seems more like a teenager. That being said, I think Bachalo drew him well for the way Thompson handles the character. He’s full-clown mode. The humor doesn’t have the same impact if Deadpool is this jacked out of his mind.

    All in all, a strong start.

  • 77

    Sequential Planet

    This is a great start to the new Deadpool series. It’s well written, the characters are used well, the art is really nice and there’s lots of plotlines set up that can be explored in future issues. This first issue is entertaining on its own but there’s so much potential for future stories too. Well worth a read.

  • 65

    Multiversity Comics

    Whether you like it or not, “Deadpool” is back. Kelly Thompson, Chris Bachalo, David Curiel, Joe Sabino and FIVE different inkers, present “Deadpool” #1. “Deadpool” #1 feels so much longer than it actually is and is incredibly challenging to get through for the first issue in a new series. Unfortunately, Bachalo’s pencils do not do much to make the book worthwhile, with it being hampered by muddy and confusing colors that hurt the storytelling of the book. (…) “Deadpool” #1 is ultimately a surprisingly difficult read through its dense pages and at times confusing artwork. The book’s greatest strength is how it sets up what’s to come with Elsa Bloodstone, whose characterization steals the show. Audiences are left curious if this first issue’s strange pace is indicative of the series to come.

    “Deadpool”#1’s lack of clarity makes it a sluggish start to a new series.

  • 60

    Comics: The Gathering

    Deadpool’s new volume opens up with a grounded take on Wade Wilson: A little lonely, a little angry, focused more on observational humour than the absurdist variety. But this first arc — slogging through an extremely Chris-Bachalo-y monster invasion on Staten Island — already seems to be a bit of a drag. This series has promise, but I think it’ll take several more issues to realize it fully.

  • 55


    Despite a strong creative team, Deadpool #1 serves as a lackluster start to Wade Wilson’s latest monthly series. Nothing about the character’s portrayal or new status quo stands out in issue #1. The copious Marvel Universe cameos only serve to further slow down an already plodding narrative. And between the numerous inkers and the odd disconnect between art and lettering, this series doesn’t capture Deadpool at his visual best, either.

  • 50

    Major Spoilers

    The biggest issue with this story is that Deadpool doesn’t seem very witty. There were some quirky moments involving Gwenpool and a scene involving ice cream but the dialogue simply wasn’t engaging.

  • 45

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    I have been waiting for this book to come out, but now that I have it in my hands, I wish I could wait a little longer. While the art was decent, the story was very basic, yet took the long road home to tell it. The biggest problem, though, was the lack of laughs from the writing and the art and that does not a good Deadpool comic make. Yes, that was me trying to sound fancy after telling everyone that most cliffhangers make me poop my pants! Good Night Everybody

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