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Deadpool Team-Up, Volume 2 by Rob Williams
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Another largely mediocre collection of one-off Deadpool tales written mostly by writers who don't seem to know their way around comedy. The ideas expressed here were probably pitched as "wouldn't it be funny if Deadpool did this," without any real plan for how to make them genuinely funny or sustainable.

For instance, in the first story in this collection, Deadpool teams up with Captain Britain. After a thousand or so years of exposition, we finally get to a battle, with the main "joke" of the battle being that, due to a wacky gadget, Deadpool and CB switch "cultures." So, Deadpool acts "British" and Captain Britain acts "American." From there it's a string of the most obvious cliches you can imagine without a laugh in sight.

The other stories in the book range from the utterly nonsensical (David Lapham's) to the completely anticlimactic (Frank Tieri's), all just doing a good enough job to keep these from feeling like complete wastes of energy.

The one exception is the team-up between Deadpool and Machine Man, written by James Asmus. This is the only story in this book I truly enjoyed. Asmus does a fantastic job writing for each character, keeping all the jokes on point and in character without relying on dumb pop culture references or idiotic quips. I laughed out loud a bunch reading this one, and almost wish Machine Man & Deadpool was an ongoing series written by Asmus. He manages to keep a cartoony, outlandish tone without selling his plot out, which is a real feat when it comes to Deadpool apparently.

So, my recommendation is just to pick up Deadpool #890 on its own and read that, rather than trudging through the rest of this book. It ain't worth it.
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