Whether you were let down by Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe or you loved it; Cullen Bunn is rewarding readers in a big way. Deadpool: Killustrated continues the story set up in DPKTMU, but instead of killing super heroes, Wade Wilson has his sights set on classic literature. Why? Because he has been enlightened, and now knows that there are writers who continually keep rewriting dead characters back to life. His new purpose is to kill the classic characters that inspired the creation of comic book characters: to keep comic book writers from ever even creating them. Even if it means destroying himself in the process.
That’s about as much of a spoiler you’re going to get out of me. That’s all really just the stuff in the solicitations for Deadpool: Killustrated. Where the first issue focused on bridging the gap between DPKTMU and establishing the first kill; this issue goes bananas, setting Deadpool loose on an array on classic characters. The blood and guts of some of our fondest protagonists splatters the pages in one of the most violent Deadpool comics since; well since DPKTMU. But one of the most interesting aspects of this issue is how Cullen Bunn chose to show how certain classic characters could have inspired specific comic book characters. Whether those depictions are accurate is hard to do but it is very entertaining to watch and speculate.
Cullen Bunn’s script is reckless and carefree but that seems to be the intention of the entire series. It carries the same feel that DPKTMU did but in a much more focused and fun way. Where DPKTMU was very dark and disconnected, Deadpool: Killustrated is fun first and dark second. Making light of blood and gore is something Wade Wilson is known for and Bunn seems to have a great vision of that. It may not be as downright funny as the main Deadpool series but it is still fun. It isn’t perfect though; as some of the pacing is a bit sporadic and some of the kills seem just a little too cheesy. The upside is that the script really plays off of the feel good nature, making the obvious issues with the script matter seem intentional.
The art team certainly works well together, making each other look really good throughout the entire issue. Matteo Lolli draws everything in a very clean, tidy style; maintaining accurate proportions and expressions in each panel. Then when Sean Parsons takes over and puts on the inks he makes everything look even more sleek and clean. Round it off with great colouring by Veronica Gandini and you’ve got a very clean, crisp and bright modern comic. The team doesn’t take much in the form of risks but they make up for the lack of originality by doing every part of their job well.
Deadpool: Killustrated #2 won’t set the world on fire, but for fans of Deadpool it is a fun and enjoyable read all around. The creativity that Cullen Bunn utilizes in involving classic literature and crossing it over with comic book history is one of the greatest things going for this comic. The ending sets readers up for another great issue to come and hopefully the current formula doesn’t go stale before the series really takes off.