Deadpool is trying to alter the timeline (NOTE: This is a time-travel tale, in case you missed our review of Deadpool vs. X-Force #1), and Cable and his mutant pals (X-Force) are trying to stop him.
Why is our Merry Merc trying to change history? He is working for a rich guy whose son died in the Gulf War, so he (the rich guy) sends ‘Pool back through time to save his son. Or so he says…!
When the second issue of this mini-series opens, we see Deadpool commanding a unit of Confederate troops at Gettysburg in 1863, and orders them to attack Cable and company. Now, if you were following along in the first issue, this is the second historical time period that Deadpool messed with. He also changed events in 1777. We now see the result of those changes in a very steam-punkishly advanced Union army that appears in the Gettysburg battle. So, Deadpool was assigned to make the U.S. more tech-advanced, eh? That is what we thought also, until hero starts attacking the Union forces. At this point of the story, things start to get a bit confusing.
Most of this issue involves Deadpool fighting Cable and X-Force, while Cable and company try to figure out what Deadpool is doing and why. The why is the hard part. In their final tussle, Deadpool (who of course, is cracking wise the whole way), and Cable both teleport to another point in time, ending up in China in the year 1900. As any student of history can tell you, China in that year underwent significant violence and a foreign invasion by several nations, including the United States. An interesting thing to look for is to see if our Deadpool writer (Duane Swierczynski) is up on his history!
The art by Pepe Larraz is quite good, capturing the visual essence of Deadpool as well as the pouch-laden 1990s look of Cable, Domino, Cannonball and the other X-Forcers. While parts of Duane Swierczynski’s story are a bit confusing (time-travel can do that to a person), we trust that issue #3 will clear things up some.
This comic is worth picking up if you like Deadpool, Cable, X-Force (or mutants in general), or time-travel tales.