My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Really, this deserves more than three stars, it should probably have three and a half, but GoodReads won’t let you rate half stars, so here we are.
Deadpool goes to Karkoa and takes Jeff the Shark with him. Because of course he does. He’s hoping for a Krakoan cure for cancer and a Krakoan gate for Staten Island, but they don’t have the former and won’t give him the latter. Much stabbing ensues. And then the X-men are all, “Wade, we’re your friends and we care about you,” and Wade’s all like, “Yeah? What about all the stabbing?” and then he goes home.
There’s a lot of silliness, which is great, and Emma Frost petting Jeff the Shark is something I didn’t know I needed to see, but here we are.
But…well…this series launched with Chris Bachalo on art duties, and while Libranda is not a bad artist by any means, he’s no Bachalo, because nobody is. Bachalo is one of my favourite artists, maybe my favourite. And, well, I might have given this the extra star to make it a four star book…but the cover’s by Greg Land. Admittedly, it’s a fairly good Land cover, by Land’s standards. No obvious tracing. No obvious porn used as a reference…but then I looked more closely at Polaris…and the fact that you can just see the top of Armor’s head and…no…not good.
But Thompson’s great! And Jeff the Shark’s great! Just bring back Bachalo.