Monday, July 11, 2016

Deadpool V Gambit #2

Deadpool V Gambit: The "V" Is for "Vs.", Issue #2 sees the Merc With a Mouth and "That Cajun Dude Who Also Has a Mouth" teaming up, this time.  They are also teaming up with Chalmers, the man who ripped them off (perhaps) the last time they worked together.  The three of them are running a long con, which means that while small details are handed out in this issue (trying to get Lai's fingerprints by befriending him at the Boil n' Brawl), the overall story comes through as the end, with the usual twist.

I found Issue #2 a lot more satisfying than Issue #1 because it has a self-contained story that continues with Issue #3.  The con develops, the action begins, and the trap is sprung; it's a modern-day version of The Sting or Iceberg Slim's The Long White Con, the later of which was only a little disappointing in film form.  My only complaint is that this is basically a Deadpool comic so far, without enough of Gambit's rich personality and history.  It's a very detailed comic, with the classic breaking of the fourth wall and references to other comics and popular music.

I'm looking forward to the next issue, which promises a fight between Lai and Deadpool, but what makes this such a strong comic is the fluid nature of the alliances.  Yes, this is a step above the "buddy cop" TV shows of the 1960s and 1970s because Gambit might run away with millions of dollars and/or the prized Dragon's Tongue.  Or maybe Chalmers will.  Or maybe Deadpool will.

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