Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #31, attack of the Life-Model Decoys


Spider-Man/Deadpool #31 reveals a shocking truth about the LMD’s and takes our heroes right to the villain’s lair after Branch makes a heroic move. Our review contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Writer: Robbie Thompson
Penciler: Matt Horak, Elmo Bondóc & Flaviano
Color artist: Brian Reber
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover: Dave Johnson

Spider-Man/Deadpool #31 starts with a bang (literally) after we see our heroes survive a big explosion caused by The Chameleon. While they are alive, they are not safe, and so Branch decides to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save Deadpool and the rest of the group.

This works as an effective introduction to the story by creating a very strong emotional impact on the reader. It also gives our heroes a reason to leave their differences behind and act together as a team. Once Spider-Man, Deadpool, Silk, Bruce, Deborah and Clay Quartermain decide to go after the Chameleon they find themselves in real trouble.

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Stakes are high as the super-powered team faces hordes of LMDs. The Life-Model Decoys can take various appearances because of their ability to imitate people. This allows the story to make references to various other Marvel characters, therefore giving us a visually entertaining issue.

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I even found myself smiling at an evil Groot battling Spider-Man while Deadpool takes down Carnage.

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All of this serves as a nice setup to the next issue where Peter may uncover an unpleasant truth. As it was revealed at the end of the story, Peter’s parents were the ones behind the idea of creating the LMDs.


A-. . Robbie Thomson, Matt Horak, Elmo Bondóc, Faviano. . Spider-Man/Deadpool #31

In general, issue #31 successfully manages to create high stakes, create emotional moments and deliver shocking plot twists. While pacing may be a bit slow in the middle of the story, it’s sure to please both old and new readers alike.