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Cable and Deadpool #38

March 19, 2007

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: It’s in the Genes
Rating: T+

Stuck at four inches tall, Deadpool has to free Agent X from the clutches of Hydra!

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Pencils: Reilly Brown
Inks: Jeremy Freeman & Pat Davidson
Colors: Gotham
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Nicole Boose
Cover Art: Skottie Young
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This issue was really something of a disappointment. It’s got a great set-up – Deadpool is now stuck at four inches tall. Despite this handicap, he’s called upon to help save Agent X – his own sort-of duplicate that he sort of hates – from the clutches of Hydra. Oh, and to make matters worse, Hydra has developed a weapon that can cure, or cause virtually any disease.

The setup provides a lot of comedy potential, but the jokes in practice fall somewhat flat. The carrot that gets Wade to agree to the mission in the first place is something of an obvious one, and the very concept of the device is extremely dubious from a scientific standpoint – something I’m usually willing to forgive in a book played for laughs if the story is strong enough to back it up.

Reilly Brown’s artwork is quite strong. He seems well equipped for a book like this, with plenty of action, but still with a comedic sensibility. Skottie Young’s cover has a nice, schizophrenic quality to it that reminds me a bit of Bill Sienkiwicz’s work.

Perhaps I’d have enjoyed this issue more if I were more familiar with Deadpool’s relationship to Agent X, but as is, the issue feels more like a device to get Deadpool to where he is by the last page rather than a story in its own right. This title, and Nicieza in general, is usually stronger.

Rating: 6/10

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