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Hawkeye vs Deadpool #1

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By Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Jacopo Camagni & Cristiane Peter

Hawkeye vs Deadpool has been pretty interesting thus far (the story actually started with a zero issue).   The team-up of Hawkeye and Deadpool has proven unconventionally worthwhile. We get a glimpse at some of the opposing team in the first few pages; a newly self-appointed queen of crime, Black Cat, and a certain vixen from Deadpool’s past. A visit from Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s “sidekick” and Young Avenger, helps build up a nice side story.  Though it’s filled with great jokes and a fair share of shenanigans, Deadpool and Hawkeye find their groove as a team fairly quickly.

Gerry Duggan has been using the ongoing as a way to give Deadpool some character development, but it seems he’s having more fun in this mini-series.  It’s nice seeing him be more carefree with the Deadpool we know and love, instead of the serious tone he’s been giving in the ongoing. The jokes come quick (as to be expected) and delivered admirably.   And even though he’s juggling a decent amount of characters in this mini, he’s got a great handle on them.

Matteo Lolli and Jacopo Camagni’s art is pretty solid here.  The character designs are fun, crisp, and clean.  The backgrounds are brilliantly taken care of, and there’s a great flow to the panels due to their simplistic and fun nature.  The story reads true thanks to these guys. Cristiane Peter is outstanding in this issue.   Warm, incandescent colors fill the pencils and inks attractively.  There’s no doubt she’s the one that truly helps these characters and settings come to life.

This story is a great addition to the ‘Pool-verse; it’s a fun, quirky, and laughable tale.  It’s great to see two very unique worlds collide.  A lot of adventure may have been thrust upon us in the first (two) issue(s), but that’s not a terrible thing.  It seems to be leading up to a bigger, grander story and the fun has only just begun.

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