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Thank you for perfectly expressing why I don’t find Deadpool funny anymore.

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Michael P said on July 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

The current Deadpool series is basically the exact opposite of this, which is why it’s awesome.

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Scavenger said on July 29th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Deadpool @ cons…something I really like about Deadpool in cosplay is Deadpool as someone…Deadpool Thor..Deadpool Batman…Deadpool ponies..Deadpool Alice in wonderland.

I find something incredibly funny and neat that you can take the character (in real life costumes..not necessarily in books) and plug him into anything else.

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Bryan Rasmussen said on July 29th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

So when are you starting your Why I should write Deadpool series?

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Ian Austin said on July 29th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I think Deadpool is only good when he’s playing off a great straight character. Hence why Cable and Deadpool is such a great team.

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You used Epic Meal Time to perfectly explain how a Marvel Comics character is written. This is one of my new posts to refer people to when I explain why I love your blog.

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This is a Jim Smith post, not MGK. And honestly, this can be a true and accurate assessment of why Deadpool’s not funny (and it is) and it can (and I say is) STILL the case that the character is overplayed. I really think they need to dial back his appearances for a year or so. Bring down the exposure.

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1) I actually like the SDCC stuff – while the humor comes from interactions with other cosplayers, the guy being in an costume of his own helps it work, and because it isn’t drastically out of character it doesn’t feel jarring. If it was Dr Strange or something, it would basically be two jokes pulling in different directions and wouldn’t work. But you could replace him with a similar character(Ambush Bug? I’m not much of a DC guy) and it wouldn’t change anything.

2) @Ian Austin: I think that rather than Deadpool only being good with a straight man, it’s that a goofy character by himself without a straight man is a different type of comedy that is easier to get lazy with. Without a straight man, it’s easier to get lazy and fall into the ‘omg look how RANDOM he is’ type of humor which is objectively terrible.

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This is why I felt Remender’s use of Wade in Uncanny X-Force was the best he’d been written in years.

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highlyverbal said on July 30th, 2013 at 12:35 am

Marvel recently released a trailer for their upcoming Deadpool video game, and the humor is so over the top as to be camp.

I realize a trailer for a video game is not canon, but it still speaks to the mindset of his creative talent.

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Bryan Rasmussen said on July 30th, 2013 at 2:17 am

“This is a Jim Smith post, not MGK. ”

Yeah I didn’t notice the name, on the other hand is there a reason why he can’t do it?

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Walter Kovacs said on July 30th, 2013 at 3:41 am

I don’t know about outside of his own book, but his current book is solid. It does help that it’s written by a comedian, and it isn’t relying on “it’s funny cause it’s Deadpool”. The series reminds me of Nextwave to some extent.

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That was to clarify vis-a-vis the ‘reasons I love your blog’ comment, that’s all.

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1 – What Dasz said. The comic-con Deadpool guy works because he gets everyone to have fun. His videos aren’t supposed to be him being funny, they’re supposed to highlight all the hard work and fun of all the other cosplayers and patrons, and it works better as Deapool than it would as a random guy or another character because it’s something we can see Deadpool doing.

2 – The best run of Deadpool comics ever was Gail Simone’s. Maybe now that she’s not DC exclusive any more, they’ll finally put out a trade.

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Never read any Deadpool, but the cult of the “Deadpool is funny because Deadpool” always made me feel he’s essentially Marvel’s version of Ambush Bug, and unfortunatel that’s the problem.

The DC Universe Ambush Bug plays in has tons of absurd concepts to play off of due to decades worth of out-of-touch comics creators making misjudged remrkably straight-faced attempts at catering to young readers. Ambush Bug reacting in disbelief to them and playing formalistically with genre conventions (like the “fight” with Darkseid) is what makes him funny.

Marvel is guilty of this too, but the fact that they always had both a house style of writing that a little bit knowingly self-parodic means most of the really strange unintentionally funny ideas get filtered out or considerably watered down to fit into Marvel Universe in a way the pre-Crisis DCU never really gave a shit about, so trying to point how lame an old of Spider-Man is isn’t really any funnier inserting Jim Carrey into old reruns of some 60s sitcom.

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Patrick Rawley said on July 30th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

@ The Eye is unfairly picking on Bob Haney and I for one won’t stand for it and neither will the late Carmine Infantino.

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The last Deadpool story I read that was genuinely funny was Jeff Parker’s “Hulkpool” portions of World War Hulks. That story – which was mostly about a time traveling Hulked-out Wade “saving” people and thus interfering with most of the major superheroes’ origins – is probably the most blatant case of “Deadpool as Ambush Bug” I’ve even seen. Still, the story was funny enough that I can ignore that it isn’t really a Deadpool story and Marvel had already told a very similar story years before with Bug from the Micronauts as the Ambush Bug stand-in.

I wanted to like Deadpool Team-Up because I like some of the contributors and – as has been noted – Deadpool works well with a straight man but those stories always left me unsatisfied. Turning two or three issues worth of content into a six part arc is pretty common now but DTU is the only series I can think of that consistently “decompressed” eight or ten issues of story into a series one-shots.

Other than that I’ve avoided the multitude of Deadpool comics that have been popping up since Way – who I never cared for anyway – took over the core book.

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“Deadpool’s problem isn’t that he’s limited as a joke character. It’s that people are limited in how they make jokes with the character.”

Particularly Daniel Way. MAN does he suck. At least the things I’ve read by him have sucked.

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