With the arrival of Ryan Reynolds second outing as the Merc with a Mouth in theatres this weekend, everyone obviously has Deadpool on the brain (and what a weird, wild, wonderful experience that is). As I’m no exception, I figured it’s time to talk about Deadpool 2! I mean, why not, right? What really makes Deadpool 2 so exceptional is how it gives us everything we love about Wade Wilson while taking the story in a brand-new direction. It also adds all sorts of new characters, characters who will surely have a lasting impact on Mr. Pool’s future. While I’ll discuss character outlines and sketch out the plot in general below, NO MAJOR SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. Coolio? Coolio. Continue reading
The Despicable Deadpool: What’s So Entertaining About Pain?
When I returned to comics in 2015, one of the first trades I read was Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan’s hardcover collection Deadpool (Vol. 1), containing the first twelve issues of their run going back to November 2012. It was a Christmas gift from Kalie and my first real experience of the Merc with a Mouth, outside of occasionally seeing him as an X-Force villain back in the ‘90s. I was instantly in love with the character! Posehn and Duggan’s take became the primary lens through which I view the Regeneratin’ Degenerate. With The Despicable Deadpool #300, Gerry Duggan ends his five-year run on the title. Over the years the tales have gotten darker and darker, as he’s broken Wade Wilson to a painful degree. As I read these stories my heart hurts, and I can’t help but wonder why do we partake in stories where the characters we love are damaged so severely? Continue reading