Deadpool Samurai Volume One: The Best Shonen Title since Dragon Ball (Who Comes Up With These Headlines?!)

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Deadpool Samurai Volume One Cover

A Big Thanks goes to Viz Media and Net Galley for the chance to review this title.

The Merc with a Mouth is back and this time he is taking his show on the road, heading to Japan! Deadpool Samurai finds our favorite mercenary overseas, on a request from Iron-Man to join the Avengers (wait, there is money involved, thank goodness,) Offshoot group called Samurai Squad, there has been a rise in Supervillain activity around the globe, so Deadpool has to take a trip to Japan and start preparing a team, sounds easy right?

It is from the creative team of Sanshirō Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi (who are known for their Fantasy Gag Manga Tsugihagi Quest,) that takes a shot at Marvel’s Fourth-Wall Breaking Anti-Hero, bringing him into the world of Shōnen Manga where he gives Gintama a run for its money.

Their take on Deadpool was fun and witty, to be honest, he fits in Japan’s Shonen Manga Universe, although there are going to be some fans that will complain that this version seems either censored or toned down for younger audiences, which it can be argued till the end of time but at the end of the day, its still Wade Wilson.


The action sequences were well-drawn, fluid, and tend to be wacky at times but it is great to look at. As far as the story goes, it has a good plot and is humorous, which you need when you’re taking on Deadpool.

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It wouldn’t be a crossover without a cameo appearance, that’s why there was plenty to go around! There was Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and the villainous Loki. Speaking of Spidey, we were introduced to several new characters as well, Sakura Spider and an Idol with a Symbiote. Overall, this was a fun book, packed with so many fourth-wall antics and subtle nods to anime it still gives me hope to see an anime adaption of this series. Deadpool Samurai Volume One is available now wherever books are sold, and it’s worth checking out for both Marvel Fans and Manga Fans.

Final Grade:

Rating: 6 out of 10.

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