Deadpool Samurai Volume 1 Review – But Why Tho? A community of geeks

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Last year, Marvel and VIZ Media kicked off their collaborations with the adorable extra Marvel Meow. Now they’re leaving behind the adorable and jumping headfirst into violence, fourth-wall-breaking dark humor, and a whole heap of superhero mayhem with Deadpool Samurai Volume 1. Written by mangaka Sanshiro Kasama and illustrated by mangaka Hikaru Uesugi, deadpool samurai is published and localized in English by VIZ Media. The translation is by Amanda Haley, with artistic editing and lettering by Walden Wong.

In Deadpool Samurai Volume 1, we see Deadpool go up against mobsters only to be pitted against Iron Man with a proposition: join the samurai team and get a big paycheck. Of course, as soon as Deadpool moves to Tokyo, he runs into some familiar faces and even quirky characters. Before he knows it, he’s teaming up with new heroes, fighting gods, attending concerts, and being a meat shield. Now, most of the story can’t be recounted without revealing startling appearances that are better left to read than told.

Now, taking on the Merc with a Mouth is a tall order. His brash humor and violence can easily go overboard and ultimately overshadow any story – but that same absurdity and ultimately mayhem is the exact reason fans keep coming back to his stories. And deadpool samurai is no different. This manga captures the chaotic nature of the iconic antihero, and even with a shaky landing in execution, Kasama and Uesugi have pulled together a Deadpool story that works.

deadpool samurai is a chaotic humor game with meta jokes that seem taken from Gin Tama— and I mean that in the best way. The adaptation of the fourth-wall-breaking comic humor that Deadpool uses in the comics works extremely well when applied to the manga. With legends at Kodansha, Shonen Jump (even illustrating Shonen Jump app ads), otaku, and idols, there’s a lot going on at once. Success for all these jokes comes from writer Kasama, but that praise should also go to the manga’s localization team, especially Haley, who served as Deadpool’s Samurai translator. Ultimately, adapting Deadpool’s humor into Japanese and then English can’t be understated because almost all of the jokes work perfectly.

Unfortunately, there are downs to Deadpool Samurai; mainly, there is too much going on, not even in a single volume but in every chapter. While humor is necessary to tell the story, the narrative sometimes gets lost on its own, buckling under the weight of cameos, new characters, and the frantic pace of the story. But in what I consider too much at a time, other fans might enjoy it in small bursts, especially focusing on new established character identities.

deadpool samurai is for people who love Deadpool, its absurdity and its jokes. That said, if any part of the character is something you care about, this is the one to ignore. Overall however, deadpool samurai shows just how strong the collaboration between Marvel and VIZ Media can be. Whether it’s adapting the familiar or creating something unique, I can’t wait to hear more.

Deadpool Samurai Volume 1 is available in bookstores on February 8, 2022.

Deadpool Samurai Volume 1

TL;DR

deadpool samurai is for people who love Deadpool, its absurdity and its jokes. That said, if any part of the character is something you care about, this is the one to ignore. Overall however, deadpool samurai shows just how strong the collaboration between Marvel and VIZ Media can be. Whether it’s adapting the familiar or creating something unique, I can’t wait to hear more.

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