Deadpool Annual #1: Review

Jul 2011
John Layman, Juan Doe

Story Name:

Identity Wars, Part 2

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Deadpool Annual #1 Review by (February 26, 2019)

Review: See full review at THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #38.

Comments: Alternate universe versions appear of Dr Doom, Kingpin, Hammerhead, Bullseye, MODOK, and Bob (Agent of Hydra). The covers of the three annuals form an interlocking cover.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Deadpool Annual #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro


With Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Bruce Banner of Earth-616 thrown into a parallel world, Deadpool has met his counterpart, a green-clad goof called Death Wish. The two go on a buddy-buddy frolic which ends when 'Pool learns that his alter ego isn't Wade Wilson—in this universe, Wade is the armored crimelord Death Mask (who resembles Dr Doom) as he arrives to execute his bumbling minion for botching his last assignment (stealing the dimension portal). Our Wade Wilson vows revenge on the other Wade Wilson....

At the “Spider-Cave,” 616 Bruce Banner and Spider-Man (the latter in the guise of this world's Amazing Spider) try to get the dimension portal working again; Spidey drops the bombshell that in this dimension, Bruce Banner used magic to banish the Hulk, and he is now Sorcerer Supreme, shocking Bruce. Deadpool arrives with the corpse of Death Wish, asking for Spidey's help; DNA shows that Death Wish was Victor von Doom, whose life fell apart when the Fantastic Four disbanded. While Spidey is distracted, Deadpool downloads all the info on Death Mask's criminal empire, then he sets off on a mission of vengeance. He destroys various criminal operations, executing minions Brain Dead (Hammerhead), Deadeye (Bullseye), Dead Head (MODOK) and Bob (Bob). Then he enters Wilson Tower easily, since all of the security measures attest to his being Wade Wilson, and confronts his enemy, knocks him flat with a bomb, swaps costumes, and enlists henchman Dead Weight (Wilson Fisk) in loading him in a boat full of explosives and sending him out into the bay to be blown to (slowly-healing) bits....

Then he spends his evenings defacing Death Mask's collection of magic tomes and hurling them out of the windows—and then the Amazing Spider comes to call, intending to put the armored crimelord out of business...and then Spidey recognizes the villain to be 616 Deadpool, who has already put the armored crimelord out of business, making him the hero for a change. [Downstairs, the real Death Mask, having healed enough to walk again, is heading toward the Tower—and he gets conked on the noggin by a falling magic book and dies.] 'Pool insists that Spidey give him a hug for his victories (it's as uncomfortable for Spidey as you would think) and that's that....

No, there's an epilogue: Death Mask/Wade Wilson arrives in Hell and faces Mephisto; he offers a deal: Mephisto gets him in eternal servitude and all the devil need do is unbind the seal that keeps the monsters in Hell—including the Infernal Hulk....


Juan Doe
Juan Doe
Fabio d'Auria
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Marte Gracia (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Peter Parker)

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