Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular #1
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Drunk With Power and other stories
Deadpool and the Great Lakes Initiative team up for some summer fun!
Writers: Fabian Nicieza & Dan Slott
Art: Kieron Dwyer, Nelson, Paul Pelletier, Dave Melkis & Clio Chiang
Colors: Pete Pantazis, Giulia Brusco & Wil Quintana
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Nicole Boose
Cover Art: Paul Pelletier
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Fabian Nicieza and Dan Slott team up for this super-sized special. Considering the unique sense of dark humor that Deadpool and the Great Lakes Ave… X-Me… oh, right, they’re the Great Lakes Initiative now – anyway, considering the similar sense of humor the two properties share, this special is a natural, and it works really well.
When the god Dionysus falls to Earth, AIM uses him to place all superheroes in a state of permanent intoxication. Only Deadpool and the GLI are unaffected (for valid and hysterical reasons), so it’s up to them to team up and stop AIM. That’s not all, though – there are several other tales in this issue, including Deadpool’s date with Big Bertha, his struggle against Flatman, and Squirrel Girl’s quest to reunite herself with her one true love… Speedball.
This book is universally funny. The two writers blend so well it’s impossible to tell who wrote what. Both Nicieza and Slott are wonderful about using Marvel continuity as their base, and that keeps up here as well. Squirrel Girl’s origin is referenced, as is one of the best Marvel Team-Up stories of Robert Kirkman’s run. Perhaps the best scene, though, is Squirrel Girl’s confrontation with her ex, where she comments (brilliantly) on exactly how absurd the character has become.
While the writing is great throughout, the art quality goes back and forth. Dwyer and Pelletier’s sections are wonderful, but the art in the Deadpool/Flatman story is a little… well… flat. No pun intended.
Put it all together, you’ve got a great special that any fan of either property will enjoy.