Review by Frank Plowright
Killogy, or alternatively The One Where They Forgot to Put ‘Classic’ on the Cover, unites four slices of madness from Cullen Bunn in which Deadpool kills the entire Marvel universe before wandering further down the rabbit hole.
This, though, is an alternate Deadpool, as Bunn engages in much multiversal tinkering over the course of the stories presented here. It culminates in multiple Deadpools, hundreds of them actually, so at the end of the day, which of them can truly lay claim to being the ‘real’ article?
When it comes down to it, what fans want from Deadpool is creative killing and mayhem combined with smart-mouthed, funny dialogue, and Bunn has that nailed. Some nice art would be preferable, but let’s be honest, Deadpool has survived some meagre talents over the years. Thankfully none of them are present here. It’s Dalibor Talajić who impresses the most, switching styles slightly to reflect moods. He’s even better on a second run through at killing the Marvel universe, which may cause some surprise by its absence, but that’s explained by it not actually being published until three years after this gathering. Matteo Lolli and Salva Espin are no slouches either. Both really have to put the effort in, Lolli as Deadpool sweeps through some literary mainstays, and Espin as Bunn introduces hundreds of Deadpool variations.
Because, in strict order, there are a) so many Marvel heroes, b) so many characters in classic literature and c) so many alternate Deadpools to kill, Bunn and the artists never linger long on one scene. Read in a single sitting the collection will probably fry your brain, but in short doses it’s imaginative, violent and funny, so does the job.
The stories are also available as the three slimmer paperbacks Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, and Deadpool Kills Deadpool, and with other content in the even bulkier Deadpool Minibus.