As anyone that's in my DP facebook group knows, I'm jonesin' to write Deadpool and have two Team-Up pitches in the can. However, if I'm going to get my shot at Wade, I have to sell Marvel on my skillz with my published comics--which is where my Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman comes in (see Preview at the bottom of this Blog).
Meanwhile, what's going on--and what's coming up--in the Deadpool books?...
DEADPOOL: WADE WILSON'S WAR #1. Written by Duane Swierczynski, illustrated by Jason Pearson.
The Senate is investigating a massacre in Mexico that has left hundreds dead--including civilians, members of two drug cartels and a mercenary team that "no-one can quite explain." The official 'sole survivor' is Deadpool, who, in costume, is testifying in court (although Domino, held prisoner at a secret goverment 'Black Site,' is on her way to being escorted to the Senate, too).
This set-up is to be the basis for a series of flashbacks that will run through this 4-issue mini-series: kicking off with 'Team X'--Deadpool, Bullseye, Silver Sable and Domino--carrying out an assault on a Nicaraguan contra base in 1983.
The confusing narrative of this issue doesn't offer much new insight into Wade's origins, which is what I was hoping for from the series--though more of that looks to be coming later, with issue #2 promising "Weapon X--the version you've never seen."
Pearson's art is a good, comical-but-edgy fit for the book (though he sure do like to draw his chicks 'well-endowed'), but Swierczynski's Wade testifying in court so far comes across too one-note-cocky to be either particularly funny or engaging to the levels that would work well for this tale.
You can check out an interview with Swierczynski at Marvel.com--plus Preview art from Wade Wilson's War here.
In the interview, Swierczynski (man, I had to spell check that name a few times ;) says that Wade Wilson's War is "not so much about 'Wade Wilson Then' vs 'Wade Wilson Now.' It's more about 'Which Wade Wilson is Real,'" and that the fact that Wade is conscious that he's in a comic book is something that will be explored here. "This story's not as much about Wade's back story as you might think," explains the Swierczynski; "I'm doing that in X-MEN ORIGINS: DEADPOOL #1." Which leads us onto that one-shot, shipping in July.
Wade's heard there's a Deadpool movie in the works and he's determined to tell his story before Hollywood screws it up. He hires his own screenwriter, who manages to get Wade to open up like never before--revealing not only his origin story, but shocking details that have never previously been revealed.
If this 48-pager delivers on that promise, this book could be a big one.
You can check out Preview art here.
Deadpool & his alternate-Deadpools crew--charged with taking out monumental-threat-to-the universe The Awareness--are finally getting their asses in gear, after an amusing but meandering first couple of issues, in DEADPOOL CORPS #3.
We have the first decent issue in awhile of Deadpool Team-Up in Rob Williams & Matteo Scalera's US/ UK-relationship piss-take DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #893, teaming 'Pool with Captain Britain. And things look promising for the book now, with Satanna, Mr. X and Machine Man lined up for the next issues--all of which have the potential to play fun counterpoints to Wade.
DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH wraps up with a double-sized issue next month, Wade continues his inimitable take on trying to become a hero, with the aid of Weasel, in DEADPOOL--and just in case that wasn't enough 'Mr. Wilson' for you, August sees a stellar line-up of creators take him on in the 104-page DEADPOOL #1000.
You can check out a Preview of that here.
So; what're your thoughts on the Deadpool books?