- Mangaka : Sanshiro Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi
- Publisher : VIZ Media
- Genre : Action, Adventure, Comedy
- Published : February 8, 2022
Deadpool has become a household name ever since his blockbuster movie came out in 2016. The ever-playful joker has captivated the hearts of many, rightfully establishing a fanbase of his own. After sending his viewers into long fits of laughter on the big screen, the red tights wearing antihero now graces us in manga form. Here’s our review of Deadpool Samurai Volume 1.
As the title implies, Deadpool Samurai revolves around the titular character’s adventures. This time, however, Iron Man has invited him to join the Avengers. The catch is that he won’t be assigned to America, but instead Japan. Our sassy main character initially wants to decline since superheroics aren’t really in his best interest, but he’s quickly convinced by cold hard cash. He quickly becomes the most eager superhero at the sight of money, and he officially becomes the leader of his very own superhero troop, the Samurai Squad.
1. Deadpool Content at Its Finest
There’s a reason Deadpool is loved by many – the comedy. Deadpool Samurai doesn’t let fans down in this regard, as it perfectly showcases the unhinged humor Deadpool is famed for. A good example of this is when he tries dodging bullets by jumping over them, only to get hit by all of them, and then in a very Deadpool fashion, reminds himself not to do that again.
The manga does justice to the series without seeming like a cheap clone, and the renowned breaking of the fourth wall, direct references to other series, and general self-awareness are also present. All of these together make it a fun reading experience, and it is multiple times better for those who are already familiar with the franchise.
2. Familiar and Fresh Faces
Everyone knows that Deadpool is a Marvel property, and Marvel is renowned for its vast extended universe. That said, it’s become the norm for their characters to casually make cameos in other series. In Deadpool Samurai’s case, Iron Man, Loki, and Captain America are just a few of the familiar characters. However, this doesn’t mean that the series is just a rehash of already famous franchises.
Deadpool Samurai also debuts a few original characters: Sakura Spider and the Japanese version of Venom, Neiro and Kage. These two are the other members of Samurai Squad. And while they are variations of existing Marvel characters, their personalities are nowhere near their counterparts. They are more akin to manga characters than American comic characters, meaning that they tend to exhibit manga tropes. Sakura Spider follows the typical klutz-y manga character who can pull her own weight, while Neiro comes off as a bit of a tsundere when it comes to her fans.
3. Finally, Safe For Work Deadpool
The original Deadpool loves making raunchy and gruesome jokes. For the first time, Deadpool has been toned down. This is primarily due to the manga being intended to be for younger audiences. However, that doesn’t mean the antihero has become boring. He still has a zeal for dying and doing stupid maneuvers, but there are now fewer sexual innuendos, less explicit showings of innards, and less cussing. Simply put, it’s like Deadpool has undergone a correction program. He’s still nowhere near being wholesome, but he’s definitely not as wild as his full-colored version.
Deadpool Samurai perfectly captures the essence of the original series. It contains all of the elements the character is famed for, while also adding unique touches to elevate the manga’s narrative. Needless to say, it’s a pleasant treat for already existing fans and future fans alike. What do you think of Deadpool Samurai? Let us know in the comment section below!