The Unbelievable Gwenpool #13: And Never The 'Pools Shall Meet...Until NOW!

We've been clamoring for a team-up even before the series officially began with a boat-load of fan-art, fanfiction, Tumblr and Twitter accounts, and polite requests, but now it's finally here. Dueling 'Pools, just without a famous comedian and an equally famous Muppet competing with banjos. Yes, Deadpool and Gwen "Gwenpool" Poole finally cross paths in this issue.

It's surprisingly brutal. I know that this is featuring Deadpool and you would be hard-pressed to find a single solitary comic featuring the Regenerating Degenerate that doesn't have any gore, but it gets hard to read. Gwen finally starts learning about teamwork as she, The Terrible Eye, Batroc, and Tony try to kill Deadpool, but a single fourth-wall reference almost immediately erases their progress.

He immediately breaks out and, in an intense series of panels, shatters part of her world view and beats her up. It's extremely uncomfortable. He does apologize after realizing that she's a teenager, but it doesn't make it any less harsh. For all of his jokes and goofy antics, a large part of Wade really is a horrible person. It's interesting to note that part of his speech is a lie. He claims to not have any knowledge of her, but references the Howard The Duck backup stories. Whether he really was lying or somehow learned about it with his fourth-wall awareness during the battle is left ambiguous.

The comic ends with a possible hint that other people that Gwen knows might have counterparts in the Marvel universe. I have a feeling that this might be followed up on in June's "Beyond The Fourth Wall..." storyline. In any case, the issue served as an amazing finale to the story arc and I'm content to wait until the next arc with some guest appearances from Hawkeye and Ghost Rider.

The Unbelievable Gwenpool #13 was written by Christopher Hastings, drawn by Alti Firmansyah and Gurihiru, colored by Rachelle Rosenberg and Gurihiru, and lettered by VC's Clayton Cowles. You can find it at your local comic book shop.

Zachary Krishef is an evil genius. Do not question his knowledge of Saturday Night Live trivia or Harry Potter books.