First and foremost I want to level with our readers when I say, I was not exactly excited to pick-up Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1. It is the first issue in a 13-part weekly edition setting up major changes to his main series. As a comic book fan, I tend to reserve my purchases for books not involving Dracula. However, with a rave review from a trusted friend, and the promise of innovative usage of digital formatting, I went ahead and bought the first issue. Boy am I glad that I did! This is the first comic in a long time that has left me enthused.

The writers had a lot of fun with this installment. As story tellers, Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan did a great job of keeping me as a reader compelled from start to finish. I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions, which is what readers often look forward to in a Deadpool comic. The story starts off with Deadpool in a dynamic fight sequence, illustrated by silhouettes, slicing one-liners and limbs in beautiful harmony. Without giving too much away, the tale is action packed from the start and doesn’t let up alternating between action and comic relief until the very last page.

The panels spilled into one another, as if they were animated. The innovation created a fresh feeling to an aging medium, and offered additional livelihood to the characters. If you pirate this series or purchase it in print you’ll be doing yourself a huge disservice. The way the panels flow into one another truly made me fall in love with this next technological step in a paper dominated world. I am a staunch supporter of print comics, and I may be changing my stance if the industry and creators can consistently put out media of this quality in digital format.

The story boards and art were headed by Reilly Brown, who has worked on Deadpool in the past. With titles such as Cable & Deadpool, Deadpool & Wolverine, and Deadpool v. The Marvel Universe under his belt there was no doubt that Brown would do service to the “Merc with a Mouth”. Brown directed the panels towards a James Bond style parody, a good fit for the already absurd mercenary. The opening sequence in particular, where the colors turn to warmer hues and thin lined cartoony mutations of the title’s main style, had me knowing I’d be hooked til the next issue. Since this is a vampire comic, expect to see very dark colors and scenery. Each panel did it’s job of immersing the me in its shadowy worlds without sacrificing good humor.

I would definitely suggest comic fans pick-up a digital copy of Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1. Readers won’t be getting the full experience without it. I’d also reccomend this for those looking for a new and comedic story to be thrown into. This is a side comic for Deadpool Vol.3, , and promises that the conclusion will impact the main storyline- We’ll see. Regardless, we think you should give Deadpool’s new 13 part stand-alone a chance.

Paige Six is a pop culture and tech journalist who also writes for Another Castle, Ladies of the Round Table, Attack of the Fanboy and many others. Founder of CoiledRose. You may follow her on Twitter or Coiledrose’s Facebook.

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