Now that Marvel is in the midst of the mega-event Secret Wars it means that the shelves are flooded with tie-ins. That’s right you’ll be hard pressed to find a Marvel title these next few months that don’t have the Secret Wars logo, but fear not! I’m here to talk about one of the few titles that isn’t a Secret Wars tie-in, Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars. Now I know most of you are scratching your head… “But Donny ‘Secret Wars’ is in the book’s title!” Very keen observation you smart reader you, but the fact remains that this does not tie-in to Marvel’s on-going Secret Wars event but their classic Secret Wars event from 1984.
I’m sure most of you have read Secret Wars at least once, maybe some of you have read it 20 times, I’m ashamed to say I don’t know your reading habits that well… Especially since you started closing your curtains and slapped me with that restraining order but I digress… If you’ve read it you know Deadpool is a major player in it… Or at least he would’ve been if Secret Wars didn’t pre-date his character’s first appearance by seven years or so. But that doesn’t stop Marvel or writer Cullen Bunn, no Bunn has a history of sticking Deadpool where he doesn’t belong and what better place than a major world changing event that Deadpool wasn’t even alive for.
Enter this four issue mini-series. I’ll preface this by saying that I really did enjoy this book as a whole, however I can see it being extremely polarizing to most. The fun of this book is that it really is the original Secret Wars with Deadpool showing up on the heroes side and commenting on what’s going on and making jokes, mostly at Magneto’s expense. So in other words, the more you know about the original Secret Wars the more you’ll enjoy this shot of nostalgia. The other thing is it’s Deadpool and everyone loves Deadpool right!? Wrong. I love Deadpool and I’m sure there are other twenty-somethings out there that do as well, but I’m not so sure Deadpool has a lot of fans from that original Secret Wars era, however if you are one of the few this will likely be the best thing you’ll ever read. We also get a bonus back-up story where Deadpool is in The Contest Of Champions storyline… Basically it’s Deadpool being bummed out he wasn’t chosen so they let him duke it out with some C-listers. It’s quite a bit of fun as far as a back-up story goes but I feel it could’ve been paced a little better.
I often write about my fondness for Cullen Bunn’s writing and you can tell that this is a story he’s been thinking long and hard about for a long time. He has often done great mini-series with Deadpool, but after doing so many, I count at least 6 in the last two and a half years, I keep thinking that one of these days he’s going to slip up and write a truly bad Deadpool story. I’m happy to report that not only is this not that series, but in fact it’s starting out like it might be his best! The humour is perfectly played off those old Secret Wars comics and the art by Matteo Lolli has a distinctive retro feel which is obviously much needed given the context. It’s simple, it’s colourful, it’s classic Marvel ’84 grade stuff in the year 2015.
I implore you not to be scared away at the $4.99 price tag. If you like Deadpool or you like the ’84 Secret Wars you need to pick up this book and it’s continuing chapters. You will not be upset with it, your wallet might be but wallet’s can’t have real feelings, so ignore him just get down to Big B and grab this wonderful little book.