Never one to let an occasion pass without making himself the centre of attention, Deadpool aims to complete the year as he started it, cracking some killer jokes at the expense of just about everybody else in the Marvel universe and beyond, in the brilliant holiday-themed 'Spider-Man/Deadpool #12' this Christmas.
While taking shots at everything from the Gilmore Girls revival to the recent death of Hulk, to Siri, Wolverine and even the legendary so-bad-it's-good cult classic The Room, Deadpool and Spidey join forces to take down a very bad Santa-like deity from a time before Santa was even a thing, the Roman god Saturn. Looking ripped AF and decidedly short on festive spirit, Saturn is on a mission to reclaim his holiday — by slaying everybody in sight with a scythe borrowed from the grim reaper. Merry Christmas, folks!
The best line of the issue comes when Deadpool takes a swipe at the eternally controversial Zack Snyder and Batman's weird fondness for working out with tyres on the end of a rope and murdering in cold blood in Batman v Superman...
"Who is this guy? He looks like Zack Snyder made a movie about Santa, but instead of delivering presents he works out and murders!"
It's not the first time Marvel Comics have cheekily shaded Batman v Superman, but it's definitely the most on-point. Deadpool also rips the shit out of the Avengers, so it's fair game.
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While Saturn rants and rages about what Saturnalia used to mean, and what Christmas has become since Santa diluted what was once a big old Roman orgy into a family-friendly festival of commercialism, Deadpool takes a moment to slap a canine Snapchat filter on his face, because of course he does (the same Deadpool who chided Negasonic Teenage Warhead for being a slave to social media!).
In an attempt to calm Saturn and teach him that his festival and Christmas perhaps aren't so different after all, Deadpool and Spider-Man strike a deal with the furious titan — together they'll hit up a casino in an attempt to prove that the spirit of Saturnalia is alive and well. If it is, Saturn will use his immense powers to revive those he slayed — and if not...
Happily, Saturn is all over that shit. After having a merry old time at the blackjack table, he rides out of town on a chariot, chauffeured by a baby, pulled by dragons. What a don.
Disturbingly, Wade has a moment of almost heart-melting humanity when he confesses to Spidey that spending Christmas with him wasn't so sucky after all. But let's face it — we've known all along that Wade has a raging boner for Peter Parker.
And because this is the bromance of the century, a coy present-swap reveals that Deadpool and Spider-Man got each other identical gifts — an adorable knitted sweater, which I may or may not have attempted to buy on Google already. Spoiler: They don't have it. Sorry guys.
What was the best single issue of a Marvel or DC comic you read in 2016?