Deadpool: You Must Read the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a must-read comic

Captain America, Deadpool, and Wolverine by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Captain America, Deadpool, and Wolverine by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Marvel Comics

There are a lot of really entertaining comics that feature Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool. From the Merc with a Mouth's first ongoing series to writer Cullen Bunn's multiple limited series, every good Deadpool story offers the laughs and action you'd expect from the character, but they also flesh him out; they show he's more than a violent goofball with an accelerated healing factor. These stories don't present Deadpool as just some cool badass or a motormouth, they also make us feel for the antihero. Well, one story does all of those things exceptionally well. It has the huge laughs and thrilling action that many fans crave, but it also goes heavy on character development and gives us an engaging look into Wade's psyche. That story, ladies and gentlemen, is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire, and Joe Sabino. This is easily my favorite Deadpool story, so I'm here to tell you why you should strongly consider checking it out.

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Amazingly appropriate artwork

Deadpool by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Deadpool by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Marvel Comics

Deadpool's third ongoing series, which is co-written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, was brought to life by several mighty fine artists and colorists (e.g. Tony Moore, Mike Hawthorne, and Val Staples). Each art team offered a noticeably different look, but each style worked so very well with the tone of its story. In The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Duggan and Posehn created one hell of a powerful script. It's a horrifying and emotional story that also successfully sprinkles in some battles and laughs. So yeah, that isn't exactly the easiest script to properly visualize, is it? Luckily for them, they had the very talented Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire creating the visuals.

Everything about the visuals works so well. From the composition - as you can see above, with the close-up of Deadpool's eyes further allowing us to appreciate his anger - to the brilliant handling of the action sequences, the artwork is just as powerful as the script. It doesn't matter if it's a shockingly savage and dark moment or a lighthearted situation; Shalvey and Bellaire deliver big time and they made sure you'll have these panels firmly printed in your memory for quite some time. Seriously, these pages are totally absorbing.

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Exciting and hilarious

Deadpool by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Deadpool by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Marvel Comics

First and foremost, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a character-driven and emotional story. It's all kinds of messed up and it'll make you want to give Wade the best hug you're capable of giving. It'll tug at your heartstrings, but it's also packing some terrific action and great comedy.

There's brutal choreography, a big battle that involves a variety of vivid and violent powers and weapons, and some truly twisted stuff scattered throughout the story. I can't help but smirk every time I read the scene with the fastball special. No matter what the tone of the scene may be, the action makes a huge impact, and the art team deserves a ton of credit for that, of course.

As for the comedy, if you're familiar with Duggan and Posehn's work, it should come as no surprise whatsoever that they're able to make sure this bleak ride also has a few moments that are pure gold and totally smile-inducing. There are more than a few good gags in here, but the comedy doesn't overshadow the compelling and gripping story. It's all balanced very well.

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Incredibly powerful

Deadpool by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Deadpool by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. Marvel Comics

Duggan, Posehn, Shalvey, Bellaire, and Sabino's story is heartbreaking. It has plenty of material that's funny and entertaining, but it really delves deep into who Deadpool truly is and why he's not the carefree clown so many people seem to think he is. Obviously, I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say this is not only Duggan and Posehn's best story, it's arguably the best Deadpool story. Yeah, I think it's that good.

There's all of the fun people are looking for in a Deadpool comic, but those elements are crammed into an absolutely stunning narrative. The comedy's clever, the action scenes are exciting, and the new characters are memorable, but what'll really stick with you are the powerful displays of emotion. Everything I'd want from a Deadpool story can be found in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

If you're not the biggest Deadpool fan around or if you think he's just some obnoxious fool, this story is guaranteed to change the way you feel about the character. If you're still not sold on this story, I guess I'll also let you know that it includes Wolverine and Captain America. Maybe those A-listers will win some of you over?

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Katzman, Gregg. "Deadpool: You Must Read the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." ThoughtCo, Mar. 1, 2016, thoughtco.com/read-deadpool-good-bad-and-ugly-3960022. Katzman, Gregg. (2016, March 1). Deadpool: You Must Read the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/read-deadpool-good-bad-and-ugly-3960022 Katzman, Gregg. "Deadpool: You Must Read the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/read-deadpool-good-bad-and-ugly-3960022 (accessed November 22, 2017).