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Foolkiller #4 Review

You knew this was coming. Foolkiller #4 features the gratuitous, inevitable cameo of the title character’s former employer, who strangely looks a lot like Ryan Reynolds. Is it good?

Foolkiller #4 (Marvel Comics)

Man, I don’t even want to see my old boss on Facebook; imagine what it’s like to wake up to his hamburger-face next to your bound and gagged girlfriend. I don’t care if he needs my help, he’s not getting the friends and family discount!

Luckily, Greg Salinger is more accommodating. But who is helping whom? A little extra tragedy in that backstory should fire Foolkiller up for the final showdown!

Is It Good?

You probably could have guessed there's no reason for Deadpool to be in this issue. Yes, there's a recently-highlighted connection between the two characters, so at least there's a tenuous thread, but adding another meta, mentally unstable killer to the mix doesn't really serve the story, and it's far too late in the game for a guest appearance from the world's hottest property to buoy the book's numbers. As great a tale as writer Max Bemis has been telling, he would have been better off sticking to his main story and avoiding such a '90s type of pitfall.

Deadpool’s interloping feels more like a distraction than the hyper-velocity story development we’ve seen in Foolkiller‘s first three issues. His introduction is well-done, with no wasted panels, but after pages of Greg and Wade repartee, the conclusion that should have been emotional and given time to breathe feels rushed. And unlike in previous issues, the story is left more or less where it started, just with a little extra motivation.

The art by Dalibor Talajić similarly spins its wheels, as it neither adds to nor detracts from the story. In a time when everyone worries about the cinematic tail wagging the printed dog, Deadpool’s uncanny resemblance to a certain actor is a bit unnerving and makes one wonder if Reynolds has any contract clauses that prohibit the use of his likeness. The colors supplied by Miroslav Mrva are fine, guiding the continued tone of the book, but are otherwise somewhat unremarkable.

Foolkiller #4 is a disappointing turn for what is otherwise a standout series. The inclusion of Deadpool hinders the story rather than strengthens it, and not much changes on the way to the book’s ultimate conclusion. One can hope Bemis will recapture some of that early magic when the focus returns to where it should be in Foolkiller #5.


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