Comic: "What If Venom Possessed Deadpool"
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Artist: Shawn Moll

Reviewer: Immortal Goat
Posted: 4/18/2011

Plot: In this issue of "Marvel: What If?", Deadpool is tasked with taking out the Beyonder on behalf of Galactus, and in the process, is fused with the Venom symbiote.

Review: Anyone who is anyone has heard of Deadpool, the Merc with the Mouth, and Venom has always been a fan favorite. I just happened to walk in to my local comic shop on a whim, and when I saw this comic, I knew it had to be mine. The possibilities this combo could provide seemed endless, and hey, it was only $3.00, so I couldn't lose.

The story is a very imaginative one, featuring cameos from many big names in the Marvel universe, along with a few real-world personalities that are used to amusing effect. The writing is what you've come to expect from a Deadpool comic, with plenty of snarky comments, pop-culture references, and poking fun at the multiple realities used so often in Marvel comics. Oh, and Jheri curls. No, seriously.

However, the way the story unfolds may not be what you first expect from a comic featuring Deadpool, who is known for shooting first and asking questions later, if at all, and the Venom symbiote, whose trademark brutality is unquestioned. That isn't to say that these things are not present in the comic, they are, but instead of a brutal blood-bath, we are actually treated to a surprisingly insightful view on Deadpool's psyche. This book explores Deadpool's strong desire to simply be relevant in a world full of Superheroes. He just wants to be noticed. He wants to do good things, and he wants to be adored.

I was actually quite intrigued by this view of the character. Sure, he's been played as a sympathetic character in the past, but few other stories drove this point home quite like this one has. Behind the mask, guns, swords, snark, and the occasional bit of cross-dressing, there is a tragic character. Still, as the book likes to point out, he's still an asshole.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but that doesn't mean I don't have a few gripes. I don't recall a single instance where Deadpool actually breaks the fourth wall, and I did miss his tendency to argue with the voices in his head. Still, I can overlook these faults simply because the book did what it intended to do. It entertained me. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of the "Marvel: What If?" series as they continue to publish them.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Apr 18th, 2011, 06:04 PM
Am I the only person who is sick of Deadpool? I just wish more people would pick him in MvC3 so I could kick his ass more often.
Apr 20th, 2011, 02:39 AM
Yes, you are the only person.

Deadpool is like Wolverine.... no matter how much over-exposure and garbage backstory he gets, he's still frikkin wolverine and therefore awesome. ;-)
The Claw of Justice
Apr 20th, 2011, 03:59 PM
I have never been impressed with Deadpool--save for when I heard him described as the weaponized cure for cancer, but it was Norman Osborn who did that--and likely never will be. Combining him with Venom, who's gotten horribly oversaturated recently, doesn't sound like it'd be very fun.

The only Deadpool comic I'm gonna pick up is his Fear Itself spinoff, and that's only because Chris Hastings is writing it.
Now with less sodium!
Apr 21st, 2011, 04:36 AM
Eh. To each their own, I guess. Venom's been a favorite since I was a kid, but really, Venom doesn't have much to do with the story. It's still mostly a Deadpool story, just with Venom being used as a catalyst for the events of the plot.

As for Deadpool being overused, he's a fun character, well written, and entertaining. Complaining about Deadpool getting too much attention is like saying Green Lantern or Thor is getting too much attention. They may not exactly be top-tier A listers, like Batman or Iron Man, but they're only half a step down in terms of popularity.
You'll thank me later...
Apr 22nd, 2011, 02:42 PM
I've never understood all the fuss about Deadpool either. He's a cheap mixture of Wolverine, Spider-Man and the Punisher I don't understand why people buy into it. He's just like Gambit, it's just Marvel Comics mocking you and I REALLY wish I could blame it on Quesada.
That damn kid
Apr 25th, 2011, 05:34 PM
I always thought deadpool was funny in a sort of teen-comedy way
Apr 27th, 2011, 12:32 AM
Deadpool? More like DeadCOOL. B)
Forum Chaos Lord
May 23rd, 2011, 01:24 PM
I'm interested in this. May need to flag it down now.
Jul 13th, 2011, 12:52 AM
Must find this comic and read it!