Deadpool: Samurai

Vol: 2; Ch: 15
2020 - 2021
4.021 out of 5 from 134 votes
Rank #3,350
Deadpool: Samurai

Deadpool moves to Tokyo and makes a mess of everything! Everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth is back! As a member of the newly formed Samurai Squad, Deadpool moves to Tokyo, where he soon runs afoul of some familiar faces. Whether he’s teaming up with new heroes, battling gods, attending concerts, or being repeatedly dismembered, Deadpool always brings chaos and his characteristic sense of humor along with him! Deadpool lands in Tokyo with a bang! Several bangs in a row, actually. Plus a few slashes, a thud, a fwoosh or two, and finally, a huge kaboom! What could possibly go wrong when Iron Man invites Deadpool to the Samurai Squad of the Avengers? After all, Deadpool is just in it for the money…and the trip to Japan. This is fine, right?

Source: VIZ Media

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I think this manga proves that making a good fourth wall breakage joke requires a certain level of skill, which I'm not sure that this author really had. Some of the jokes were kinda fine, but none of them were even close to laugh-out-loud funny (and most of them didn't land at all, I'd say). I think part of the problem was the rate at which fourth wall breakage jokes were made, with sometimes one occurring just about every page or so. Another problem was that a lot of these jokes came across like advertisements more than anything. There were also quite a few references to anime and manga, both contemporary and classic, and these also got pretty stale. There is an actual arc to the storyline, which was a bit surprising considering how much it seemed to shift and introduce new elements at the drop of a hat. Mostly, the plot just consists of a lot of cameo appearances from popular characters from Marvel movies (or variations on those characters) as well as a single cameo appearance from a certain character from Shounen Jump. I liked the way Captain America was portrayed in this series--it was endearingly funny. The characters look stiff and awkward. There is some experimentation involving Deadpool interacting with the panel layouts and stuff, as well as a few stylistic shifts and layout-based gags. I'll use the final few pages of chapter 15 as an example to discuss. I appreciate the willingness to experiment and come up with a fresh method of breaking the fourth wall, but those panels looked more ugly than anything.

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