The Merc with the Mouth returns in this Marvel NOW! #1, full of all his trademark one-liners and, of course, attitude. Deadpool is such a cool character and it’s been a rollercoaster ride for him and, indeed, the reader since he first graced the pages of The New Mutants #98 in 1991. The one thing you are guaranteed when picking up a publication involving Deadpool is a mixture of humor, over the top violence, and entertainment. Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn keep true to the persona of Deadpool, not changing much as they introduce us to their own incarnation of this enigma. Tony Moore’s artwork is jaw dropping, at times, and yet functional at others, showing a clever variation in styles. So, on we go with my review… enjoy!

Necromancer is in the process of summoning up spirits of the dead Presidents, when Captain America’s shield thumps into his back. The Captain is too late, though, as what he was trying to raise has awoken. Harry S. Truman stands before them, vowing to destroy the country. The image of Captain America decapitating an ex-president in the newspaper doesn’t go down well at all with S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, a huge monster is stopped in its tracks as it destroys Manhattan, when Deadpool and Thor burst through its stomach courtesy of Deadpool’s sword, in typical over-the-top fashion. As Thor flies off, Deadpool is left to make the excuses… which he does with a few well-placed one liners. Duggan and Posehn take this opportunity to drop in a bit of Deadpool’s background, hinting at his regenerative powers and showing his severe skin problems caused by the acceleration of his cancer as a trade-off for his regeneration. A nice idea, as it gives new readers a quick lowdown of Deadpool.

Meanwhile, Franklin D. Roosevelt is causing mayhem from his wheelchair, in a beautifully-drawn battle ensuing as they trade blows. Classic Deadpool poses are expertly drawn by Moore. It’s refreshing to see he hasn’t tried to force his own incarnation of Deadpool on the reader, keeping to the tried and tested image we all know and love. Deadpool stops F.D.R. in his tracks by taking off his mask and putting it over his head. A great bit of humor here, I thought. As he finishes him off, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents witness it and offer him a job cleaning up the rest of the resurrected Presidents. Not as a poster boy for S.H.I.E.L.D., though, but as a mercenary with no public connection to them. This suits Deadpool perfectly, as that’s the way he likes to operate. $2 million to do their dirty work, Deadpool is like a kid in a candy store. In the final few pages, we see him burst into Liberty Hall to find all the Presidents boozing and eating fried chicken and signing a declaration to destroy the country and start again.

I know that Deadpool is not everyone’s favorite superhero. Some would even class him as a supervillain after the way he burst onto the scene in 1991. I, for one, love him. He has changed teams and, indeed, sides several times, but still preferred to take on the world’s scum on his own. His famous sense of humor has graced stories for 21 years now and I, for one, am glad that Marvel has decided to hand him one of their Marvel NOW! berths. A well-written story and beautiful artwork make it a great introduction for new Deadpool fans and a fitting return for the more experienced. In my opinion, it’s a promising start with the hope of more of the same to come. 8/10