Character Spotlight: Deadpool

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February 10, 2016
Another unusual post brought to you by the fact that I've been binge-watching Making A Murderer and trying to Sherlock Holmes the Avery case, and therefore have gotten little to no reading done for the past couple of weeks...


There are only two more sleeps until the Merc With a Mouth has his big-screen debut* and I could not be more excited!!! I adore Deadpool, so of course, this calls for a special feature.

Let me talk to you about the greatest character Marvel has ever created!**

The first comic book I ever read was the whole run of Civil War (tie-ins and all!) and other than leaving me very confused because I had no idea who anyone was, it introduced me to who would become one of my most favorite characters of the Marvel Universe. Deadpool charmed me with his fourth-wall breaking, self-deprecating humor and the myriad of ways he got himself killed throughout the issues. He’s silly, certifiably insane, completely unpredictable and so very human.

The way the origin story goes, Wade Wilson, a teenage delinquent turned soldier, became a test subject for the Weapon X program after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, in an attempt to find a cure and prolong his life. He was implanted with a healing factor similar to Wolverine’s, which made him immune to diseases and helped him regenerate any destroyed tissue at an accelerated rate. Although the healing factor saved his life, it also prevented both his normal cells and cancerous cells from ever dying, so Wade was left continuously in pain and permanently scarred.

Aside from being pretty much immortal and bouncing back from the deadliest of wounds (getting his head ripped off? No biggie!), Wade is also a trained soldier and weapons expert and he’s known to use his skills for the greater good… of himself. He’s a wannabe super villain turned mercenary and he goes where the money is, regardless of how hard or near-impossible the task might be. You want him to kill the Hulk? Yep, he’ll go ahead and try to do that for ya!

But despite all the blood, the senseless violence and the seemingly lack of moral compass, Deadpool is a multi-layered character that has shown on multiple occasions that he does care about certain things, like feeling included, having friends, and making sure above all that no innocent bystander gets caught in the hail of bullets that usually surrounds him.

He’s a big ol’ softie, really.

Right around the time that I discovered comic books and Deadpool, Marvel announced a new series that would be part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, which seemed like the perfect starting point for a newbie like me. And it was! Starting with Deadpool: Dead Presidents, Deadpool Vol. 3 seemed to encompass everything that made him popular while developing his character in subtle but meaningful ways, always keeping that wisecracking humor that earned him the nickname of Regenerating Degenerate.

I don’t consider myself a Deadpool expert. Aside from going back and reading Vol. 2, I never really read any other old storylines and I haven’t caught up with all of the spin-offs that his character has had ever since, but I can still appreciate what the character stands for and especially what Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan did with him, turning him into a must-follow character and cementing Deadpool as one of my most favorites forever.

And now of course, I'm beyond excited to finally see him on the big screen this weekend! It's a miracle that this movie got made, so I hope you're all planning to go see it, too. Trust me, you'll be in for a blood-soaked treat! If you’ve never read Deadpool and want to get a preview of what to expect, definitely check out Dead Presidents! It involves wacky magic and an army of Zombie Presidents dissatisfied with the current state of America!

I also recommend Deadpool: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for an equally wacky but more serious glimpse into the character, or any of the spin-offs like Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Kills Deadpool or Night of the Living Deadpool for a taste of crazy violence. 

Happy reading!

* His cameo on X-Men Origins: Wolverine does not count. Forget that ever happened!
** After Black Widow, that is. Sorry, Wade!
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