I’m a sucker for ongoing comics that take the “Born on the Battlefield” approach to long-form narratives, squeezing isolated chapters of a side-story in between longer arcs of the main tale. Both Star Wars and Deadpool have been employing that approach to strong effect in the last couple years. And while Jason Aaron’s Ben Kenobi saga has a ways to go yet, this issue marks the end of the Deadpool 2099 flash-forward storyline. It’s a fitting farewell, though one that threatens to overstay its welcome.
Previous chapters established the rivalry between Deadpool’s two daughters while playing up the mystery behind Shiklah’s fate. This issue brings that rivalry to a close while also giving the Shiklah mystery a satisfying conclusion. Gerry Duggan’s Deadpool run has always worked best when there’s plenty of pathos to balance out the slapstick humor. This arc succeeds because it taps into that quality so well. This is a far more morose and downbeat Deadpool, one who’s suffered far too many losses over the decades to even maintain a facade of carefree exuberance. There are plenty of strong, emotional moments in the script as Duggan celebrates the odd family Wade has assembled for himself.