This one was one of the stories I was most looking forward to, as I am a huge follower of the church of Jason Aaron. Deadpool has just finished another job and is on the way for a "clean-up", when he is abducted by aliens and hilarity and/or death ensues. The bad part is that there's not much to the story, and all the beats you hear in every other alien/comedy mash-up are there: cows, anal probing, and crop circles. Aaron turns up the dark comedy aspects to 11, and Deadpool gets anally probed, chews his arm off to escape, and beats the crap out of some aliens with his own arm as a bludgeoning weapon (I'm pretty sure I have seen this before, but can't remember where). A serviceable story, but not very memorable. I particularly liked that the artist portrayed Deadpool as truly scarred, not just with a skin condition as some other ones do.
With that kind of title, you would think that this is all about fart jokes, but in truth is the best story in this whole anthology. Remember those great "'Nuff Said" issues that Marvel released some years ago? This is basically the same thing, an almost complete silent issue where Deadpool battles some mimes that have the power to turn their thoughts into reality. For example, if a mime acts like he has a sword, then he can actually stab people with that imaginary sword. It's a short story, but it's perfect. It's off-beat, but at the same time, Deadpool's character is subdued enough that the jokes don't get in the way of the action, making for a visually entertaining (if somewhat short) story. Thankfully, Fred Van Lente does not overplay the double personality either, a character trait that has been added to Deadpool very recently, that I don't particularly like very much.
This one is very weird, but ambitious story. It's about Deadpool going to a psychologist where he talks about his problems (the double personality, and the illusions). I thought it was just going to be a parody of a recent story in Amazing Spider-Man, or the old X-Factor issues with Doc Samson, but the story turns around and Deadpool is actually there to kill the psychologist because he abused of one of his former patients. I did like this story, because it shows that even though Deadpool is a mercenary, he still has a soft spot, which goes along with the interpretation of the character in Cable and Deadpool (one of my favorite series). The art was interesting, as it played with different perspectives and layouts, but it looked a little too cartoony and at times abstract for this story. The surrealism is fine for a study of the psyche, but Deadpool's body looks to be made out of Jell-o or some equally wobbly material.
A lot of people were excited for this story, as it paired one of the creators of Deadpool and the man that spearheaded Deadpool's first ongoing series, and is a big part of the success and current popularity of the character. That being said, this is the weakest story of the whole book, bad in just about every level. Deadpool is apparently fighting some random foes along an unnamed woman, when he travels (off panel) to meet up with a former classmate. He had made a bet with this guy, and the time frame for the bet (20 years) has just finished, so he's there to cash the reward (or so he thinks). The humour was a pretty big miss for me as it came off very forced, although it did have one funny "pouches" joke, and the story not very interesting. Liefeld continues to be Liefeld and there are many problems with the art, such as everybody grimacing/shouting, and very uneven eyes.
More than a Deadpool story of it's own, this is a short parody and mocking of CSI-type of show, where a group of cool detectives investigate a murder. In this case, Deadpool just happens to be the corpse of the story and he narrates everything that's happening around him as the investigation is under way. I have seen CSI all of two-times (as we all know that Law and Order is the superior franchise, right?) but I was able to get most of the jokes in this thing. In the end, it turns out that Deadpool set up the murder scene as a way to avenge someone else. Not a very good Deadpool story, but pretty funny nonetheless. Oh, and the chicken joke got a chuckle out of me.
In this story, Deadpool goes on vacation on a cruise and annoys every one of the other passengers. There's one passenger that decides to fight back though, none other than Doctor Octopus himself! Deadpool and Doc Ock find themselves in an epic ping pong match unlike any other. Deadpool wins (it's his book after all), but the good Doctor does not take kindly to it and a fight erupts, destroying the boat and ruining everyone's vacation in the process. It's a pretty short story and passable, nothing to write home to complain about, although I did like the art on this quite a lot.
This is a pretty ambitious story, but lingers too much, and ends up being not very effective at all. It's a retrospect of sorts of Deadpool's life, as he talks to one of his voices, which turns out to be the author writing this comic. There's plenty of 4th wall breaking going on here, but no subtlety at all in using it. Deadpool wants to rest, but he realizes that he is not going to get any down time until the readers stop demanding stories about him, so he sets out to kill all his readers one by one. The art is an incredibly clashing mix of overly rendered computer images (usually the background) and simplistically raw pencil lines. After reading the story, you understand that this was done on purpose to go along with 4th wall breaking theme of the story, but it is incredibly confusing as you read the first time. Like I said, it was an ambitious story, but it didn't resonate because of the poor choice of art and because the story lingered on too long in providing some of the highlights of Deadpool's life.