Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #7
In which Logan continues to be a huge softy.
bird man with bird friend
FOR CHRIST’S SAKE SHE CAN’T NOT KICK ASS
#1. Wonder Woman
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are DC’s holy trinity of heroes, representing bright and shining justice, dark and brooding vengeance, and being a girl. And if you think that’s a little unbalanced, check out how many cinematic releases they’ve had.
Marvel Headshots by Paolo Rivera
Art by 木林
My history with Deadpool is brief, but I think the essence of Deadpool is that he is a satire and a commentary when he’s done well, and a walking fart joke when he’s done poorly.
Deadpool’s backstory frequently changes, in part because he himself has memory issues. He’s mentally ill. He’s essentially immortal; he has Wolverine’s healing factor, which may be due to his agreeing to undergo a Super Soldier experiment similar to Captain America’s, only in Canada (he thinks he’s Canadian, he’s pretty sure anyway). Maybe that never happened. The world may never know. Steve and Logan accept him as a Super-Soldier brother, albeit the creepy little brother that Dad might have dropped on his head as a kid.
He’s a mercenary who comes down on the side of good more through happenstance than intent. He’s got something going on with Cable, IDEK about that. His books are full of in-jokes like his passion for Bea Arthur and his love of chimichangas and how Power Man and Iron Fist are probably doing it.
What I think, what I hope, that Deadpool is meant to be is a continuing statement about comic books and superheroes, what they are, where they’re going, and who is reading them. Deadpool has never had a fourth wall and he often has conversations with other aspects of his personality, which makes him easily able to comment on his colleagues to you, and comment on you to yourself, on occasion. Because the comic is about a mentally ill man who will likely live forever and is more aware of you than any other character you read about, it can convey great pathos when it chooses.
What he sometimes ends up being, when his writers mistake “satire” for “humor”, is the kind of comic that fourteen year old boys think is the height of awesome because there are jokes about bodily functions and lots of blood and guts. Which is fine if you’re into that, I guess. I’m glad not to have seen that take center stage lately.
Here’s the funny part, the reason he was never meant to be the thing he can be: Deadpool is a plagiarism. Rob Liefeld stole him from the character Deathstroke in Teen Titans. You heard me: ROB LIEFELD stole him FROM DC. You can call him a parody or an homage if you want, but the truth is that one of the scuzziest artists in the business lifted him nearly wholesale from another company, and Marvel gets away with it because Deadpool’s fucking hilarious and is rarely merchandised. (Possibly there were some behind-the-scenes legal dealings, I’m not sure.)
Deadpool is a rare thing: a creation who so far outgrew his origins that they have ceased to matter. And at the same time, he’s so fucking ridiculous I can’t believe I said that with a straight face.