Sunday, 5 August 2012
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and the Marvel NOW! Deadpool creative team - the reactions!
It's been a huge week for the Merc with a Mouth, with the release of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1 from Cullen Bunn & Dalibor Talijic, and the announcement of the creative team that will helm Deadpool's Marvel NOW! relaunch, Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore--(as well as Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld's much-talked-about reaction to this).
Both events have been greeted warmly in the vast majority, and here are some of the reactions, pulled from various sources including 4thletter.net, craveonline.com, comicbookresources.com, Ultramegadeathray.wordpress.com, the comments at Bleedingcool.com, Deadpool's pages @ GetGlue.com, DeadpoolBugle.com, and Twitter. *PARENTAL ADVISORY* ;)...
new creative team...
"You can see how that might work." Rich Johnston.
"Duggan did Infinite Horizon and that was a pretty cool comic, and I like Posehn (well, I like him as a comedian, don't know about his comic writing chops)." Die-yng.
"Testament to Deadpool's appeal and durability is that he thrives regardless of being regulated to D-list talent. Marvel A-list never touches." Rob Liefeld.
"I haven't read Deadpool since the early days of the Joe Kelly series. I like the character though and I like Brian Posehn's stand up. This could be good." Kingslayer.
"I may have to buy a Deadpool comic." JM Young.
"Tony Moore = perfect for this." Hatmasta.
"I wish people would stop treating chimichangas like they were Deadpool's major thing." Chris McFeely.
"The last thing we need is Marvel completely shitting on another one of their characters, changing what works out of a failure to understand what makes them tick. Deadpool being fond of but not loving chimichangas, and certainly not loving them more than burritos, is a fundamental part of his character. Assholes." Deathpanda.
"I've changed my mind. I'm boycotting this series due to chimichonga/burrito-gate!!!" Kingslayer.
As can often happen with posts on the internet, Liefeld's post wasn't quite meant the way it was taken, and he qualified it with a further post: "The flip of my statement is that Marvel doesn't feature their prize talent on Dpool and the character does well-Mostly newbies, hence D-list," and later apologized.
The Walking Dead co-creator/artist Tony Moore certainly doesn't rank as D-list (though, again, Liefeld could have been excepting him from this with his second statement, he tends to make high-impact comments).
As for co-writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, their comics work, The Last Christmas, Infinite Horizon, The Simpsons--some of these written by Duggan solo--hasn't been extensive, but suggests they could be a good fit for the Merc with a Mouth; particularly The Last Christmas mini-series. For those not familiar with it, this is 4thletter.net columnist, retailer and Deadpool fan Gavin Jasper's take on it:
"With Rick Remender on art, the two co-wrote The Last Christmas for Image back in 2006. In a comic that’s much like a more whimsical flavor of Eric Powell’s The Goon, it deals with Santa Claus existing during the post-apocalypse. It’s a violent and hilarious story of ridiculous situations and explosive redemption with a strong supporting cast and that in itself is exactly what I want in a Deadpool run."
And if anyone's doubting whether stand-up comic Posehn is particularly into comic books...
[UPDATE 8/9/12:] You can now check out an interview with Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore - talking with IGN about their plans for Deadpool here!
Reactions to Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe...
"Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe sold out its first two issues and is Marvel’s second-highest digital download this month." Axel Alonso.
"Just going to say it ... best Deadpool read I have had in years." Sean Sanders.
"Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe may be the greatest thing to happen to comics ever." Nicholas Margelos.
"Screw everything else... This is THE book!" Leoh Strecci.
"Jeez this was awesome!" Ishmael Hunter.
"It was highly enjoyable. Glad it killed off the stupid voices pretty quickly." Dr Gongo.
"I’ve always hated how healing factor characters have grown too over-the-top. When our killer comes back from having his head blown up in two panels, what’s the point in caring? Where’s the hope?" Gavin Jasper.
"This is promising to be the best Deadpool focused work to come out in a while. Looking forward to the next issue." Billy of Billycart Lane.
"It makes me wonder just how this series is going to close out. That’s the purpose of a first issue, to make you get excited over what could happen next." David Giltinan.
It's heartening to me that Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is going down so well, as it connects with something I also want to tap into if and when I get to pitch for Deadpool. I've been fleshing out my ideas since Daniel Way announced his departure, and now we know what the future holds, I'm officially setting out my stall as the writer that would like to follow the new creative team on Deadpool.
I've plotted six issues--single-issue stories and a three-issue arc--all of which can stand alone or form part of a bigger whole that taps into Deadpool's rich history & characters while taking Wade somewhere he's never been before; all to be scripted in a way that'll be completely accessible to new readers while rewarding for those who have been with Wade for awhile.
As mentioned in a previous post, copies of my Avengers-parodying The Almighties #1, co-scripted with Mike Gagnon, are on their way to the relevant people to showacse my MwaM-writing skillz as the next stage of my 'strike plan' that began with Bootleg Deadpool hearts Death; and if that doesn't get me an invite to pitch, I've got plenty more in the works.
Meanwhile, I'll be keeping a close eye on what Posehn, Duggan and Moore bring, keeping my plot malleable to fit with this, and looking forward to more Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. If you haven't checked out my Review of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1, you can find it here--and below is some Brand New Preview Art from issues #2 & #3, courtesy of Comic Book Resources: