Back in the first half of 2012, Deadpool’s third volume was set to reach its 27th issue. Not usually a comic book milestone but writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan along with artist Mike Hawthorne wanted to so something special. What could be more special for everyone’s favorite mercenary than to get married? Together the creators made one sickeningly, sweet romantic tale that not only gave a mate to Deadpool but set a world record.
Deadpool is often played for laughs and the series is not too serious. But sometimes it ventures along weird paths. “Deadpool” #27 introduces Deadpool’s bride a woman who is meant to be a mystery but ends up being a monster. No really, Deadpool marries a monster who can transform into a woman who is more punk than proper.
The whole story has a sprung on you kind of feel. As if Deadpool’s impending nuptials were of the shotgun variety. But they are anything but and Posehn and Duggan make you aware that this is an actual wedding of love and not one done in the spur of the moment.
The story manages to include fun nods to Deadpool’s past adventures and alliances with some of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes including Thor and Captain America. But the real icing for the continuity buffs in the minister chosen to do the ceremony, the X-Men’s resident Catholic priest Nightcrawler. The absurdity of Earth’s Greatest Heroes coming to the wedding of a contract killer like Deadpool is lost on pretty much everyone in the story.
Hawthorne’s artwork is perfect for keeping the tone of the story. It is light and should reflect that mood. The removal of Deadpool’s mask for the ceremony and latter half of the story does contribute more to the fact of why Deadpool is lucky he found a monster to marry him, but it also works to humanize this mercenary. The writers kept trying to make Deadpool feel sympathetic and seeing his face is one way to do it.
What truly makes this story worthwhile is the “World Record Setting” cover to the book by Scott Koblish and Val Staples. The cover made the Guinness World Record book for having the most characters ever featured on a comic book cover. A total of 232 characters are showing at the ceremony of Deadpool and his Bride coming from all corners of the Marvel Universe. Where else can you see Deadpool in a tux with top hat or Captain America’s red white and blue monkey-suit. Even Deadpool’s creators made it to the affair depicted on the cover.
It is Valentine’s Day and nothing says romance like a good old fashioned wedding. “Deadpool” #27 delivers huge on that with a corny affair that even has some random killings just so you know it is the real Deadpool and not some Skrull impostor. The event is rather lackluster by Marvel Comics wedding standards, where were the rumbles and endless battles that usually delay the ceremonies? Anyway this issue serves as an excellent way to see Deadpool’s softer side.