Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: VC's Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: August 01, 2012
Major flashbacks to the old What If? comics here. This is going to be a four issue comic that is coming out weekly for the month of August. This first issue is...well interesting to say the least.
The Watcher begins by telling us a story about Deadpool and his leveling out a little bit to realize that he is truly capable of killing...everyone. Now, it is obvious from the title that this is going to be a violent title and that there will be a lot of dead heroes so don't be surprised to see the death of Mr. Fantastic or Spider-Man in the near future. It is bound to happen in this universe.
On to the content of the actual comic...it is interesting for the most part. Deadpool is his normal crazy self and is dropped at an asylum by the X-Men to get him help. He obviously is not thrilled about this but can do very little about it. A doctor there (who I will refrain from naming...) attempts to cure his insanity so that he can help take over the world. Deadpool is just too insane for this to completely take.
It isn't completely clear as to what is happening with Deadpool and why he is now so focused and able to kill Marvel heroes but he is obviously on a mission to do so as of the end of this issue. It wasn't amazing by any stretch of the imagination but I am definitely intrigued as to where it is going. Also, this is only going to be four issues and it is interesting to see Deadpool as a much more serious and controlled person, even if he is a murderer... If you are tired of the slapstick of the current Deadpool comic run this is a good comic to grab...but I have to note that it is dark and it will probably get darker before it comes to a close at the end of the month.
All in all, I give #1 a 7/10...nothing spectacular but it could grow into a classic if the remainder of the story is done well.