Okay, let me be perfectly honest here. I really disliked Deadpool MAX. I’m a big fan of Deadpool, but Deadpool MAX wasn’t able to quite be the Deadpool I wanted it to be. Maybe I’m too used to the Cable & Deadpool version of Deadpool, or the one that Daniel Way and all the other people using regular Deadpool are doing, but here’s why I like Deadpool.
To a lot of people, especially those who don’t read a lot of Deadpool, he just seems like a crazy guy with guns and swords who breaks the fourth wall. But he’s really not. I’m not going to say Deadpool isn’t crazy, but it’s a controlled crazy (or at least was before Daniel Way), in that he might still think he’s in a comic and might say weird things or act stupid, but he’s really good at what he does. One of my favorite Deadpool moments is in the Cable & Deadpool series, in issue 36. In it, Deadpool sets up a fight to prove his worth to people who might want to hire him to take people out. The person he chooses to fight is Taskmaster, who’s an incredibly skilled fighter, who’s ridiculously good at combat, having mastered many different styles, including Captain America and Spider-Man, and is able to bring them all to a fight. Deadpool decides to make it harder on himself by shackling himself, giving himself a big disadvantage in the fight. Eventually, Deadpool comes out on top and brags to the guys he’s assembled about how great he is, but they leave, no more convinced then before the fight. Deadpool thanks Taskmaster for letting him win, but Taskmaster lets him know that he didn’t let Deadpool win, Deadpool actually won. Taskmaster then tells him, “The truth is… You’re that good. You’ve always been that good. Which won’t get you a cup of coffee until you figure out how to be a professional…” Deadpool is ridiculously good at what he does, but his constant yammering and his craziness prevent him from getting respect.
To an extent, people look at Deadpool as just an idiot, but his madness is his method. He acts crazy, sure, but it doesn’t detract from anything. He might think he’s actually in a comic, but it doesn’t stop him from treating things as if they were real. He still gets the job done, even if he blows more up along the way then you wanted him to. Another example is in X-Force, the series that recently ended, when they go into the future to fight Stryfe. Deadpool, who was stuck in a refrigerator for years upon years, is there and even worse off in the head than he is presently. He still is remarkably good at what he does though, when X-Force comes under attack. X-Force struggles against the sheer numbers of the attackers, but when Domino asks Deadpool to help them instead of shooting one guy repeatedly in the head (for fear he may be a zombie), he yells “BULLLLLETTTTS!” and guns every single one of the attackers down, not hitting any of the X-Force members in the fight, before going right back to shooting the guy in the head again. He may be crazy, and even then when he was crazier, but it’s not stupidity.
Deadpool in Deadpool MAX is full of stupidity. The reason I hated the first two issues is because they made him look only like an idiot. He may have stopped Hammerhead, but he was just plain stupid. The insanity was there, with him believing that Bob is an agent of some organization called HYDRA that he rescued and that he’s stopping the great HYDRA. The regular Deadpool may be insane, but he doesn’t make things up and stick with them like that (aside from being in a comic, which he actually is). Plus, the art style isn’t my favorite. It’s something I can live with, but not a favorite art style of mine.
Which brings us to this issue. Okay, fine, a little more background. I’m Jewish, from San Francisco, and am Chinese, Korean and Hawaiian. Okay. I find racism stupid. Just outright stupid. In fact, I find all hatred of other people based on uncontrollable factors stupid. Racism, sexism and homophobia are all just stupid. A person can’t control their race, their gender or their sexual orientation, so hating them for it is stupid. Hatred of religion is something that is generally stupid. While not out of their control (well, except for the idiots thinking Judaism is a race or something, that having Jewish grandparents automatically makes you Jewish), it is still something that you shouldn’t judge somebody by. I may be Jewish, but I also don’t believe in God or in a lot of the things that the Torah and that rabbis tell us. For instance, I love bacon and pork products.
David Lapham writes Baron Zemo as a white supremacist who thinks Jews put radium in the drinking water, caused the Black Death, planted the idea for non-violent resistance in African American minds and tons of other crazy racist, anti-semitic beliefs. He runs a town called Whiteland where you have to be pure white to be there (1/16 will get you killed). He has killed lots of people he disagrees with, Jewish people, black people, Asian people, etc, and keeps their heads. He also knows that “the Jews have learned of the sarin and are sending a man” to kill him, Deadpool.
What makes this issue better is that while it shows Deadpool is still somewhat crazy, he gets the job done. As opposed to the plan in the first issue that he bungled multiple times before finally killing Hammerhead, in this issue, his plan just works, and while it is crazy, and a little stupid, it is something that just works. Plus, it’s funny. While some of the parts in the previous issues were a little but funny, but mostly in a disturbing way, this is just funny. It’s also disturbing, especially since as Lapham wrote at the end, “The scary thing about a guy like [Zemo] is you know that there’s more than one person out there right now, in the real world, who thinks exactly like him. Makes you crazy, right?” But Deadpool comes along and while crazy, doesn’t care one way or another about race, religion, sexuality or anything like that. He just wants to kill the great HYDRA.
Maybe I liked this issue because Deadpool finally shows how he actually can do things well. Maybe it’s because I’m happy to see a bunch of idiots get their comeuppance in a way that is hilarious and bloody and violent. Maybe it’s both. All I know is that this issue of Deadpool MAX was the best one yet and if this continues as an ongoing, I’d like the issues to be more like this one.