Writers: Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan
Artists: Mike Hawthorne, Jordie Bellaire
Well, here it is. After almost 3 years of comical, murderous fun (with the occasional tear-jerker or two), Posehn and Duggan put a close on this Deadpool run in the fantastic and over-the-top manner that we’ve all come to expect from this series. With plenty of blood and bullets being sprayed across the pages, Deadpool #250 (or #45 depending on your math skills) gives us an ending fit for our beloved Merc with a Mouth.
In this issue, the surviving members of U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. gun for Deadpool to avenge those who died on the hellicarrier our anti-hero destroyed issues ago. After targeting his loved ones, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. faces off against an enraged Deadpool who sets up a spectacular trap for the overwhelming forces that come to take him out. I don’t want to spoil too much but in classic-Deadpool-fashion the battle is both bloody and ridiculous, and I will say that military drones are involved. After seeing a peaceful and more rational side of Deadpool in more recent issues, such as when he talks things out with Omega Red rather than killing him, it’s quite a switch to see him go back to his “no mercy” approach when dealing with these U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. goons. At the same time, it also shows how much his family has come to mean to him and the lengths he will go to keep them all safe.
As always, Posehn and Duggan’s writing is witty and colorful, and they manage to convey both humor and seriousness on the same page. While in the beginning of the run I felt that Deadpool was just an annoying pun-machine, his jokes became funnier over time and now I’m definitely going to miss the constant laughs this comic supplied. Hawkthorne’s line work looks really good, and his characters are very expressive (even the masked ones like Deadpool). Jordie Bellaire’s coloring is fantastic as always, with vibrant colors used when displaying the blood and explosions and good shading where shadows are needed. She is slowly becoming one of my favorite colorists in the industry with her impressive work.
This big issue also contains a few other stories done by various writers but most of them are forgettable at best so the price tag on this issue’s a little hard to get over. Still, it is the end of an era, and if you’ve been following the series since the beginning it will definitely look good in your collection.
There were a few plot points that remained unfinished by the end of the run, such as Shiklah’s whereabouts since the last issue where she uncovered her vampire army, but the explosive ending of the issue overshadows these faults. All in all, this was a good ending to a good series, and I hope that if and when Deadpool’s story gets picked up again the next team can do him the justice this one has for the past few years.