Deadpool is an interesting character. Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza for Marvel Comics he debuted in The New Mutants #98 in February 1991. The story goes that after Rob was done with the character design Nicieza called him back and remarked that this was a rebranded copy of DC Comics popular villain Deathstroke. To drive the joke home the pair gave him the real name ofWade Wilson a spin on Deathstroke’s really name of Slade Wilson. The character went on to almost immediately gain fans and only a few years later was given his own title. Deadpool was ranked 182nd on Wizard magazine’s list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, ranked 45th on Empire magazine’s list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, and placed 31st on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes. So why is he interesting?
He’s Bat Shit Crazy
Those words were chosen carefully. Wade was entered in the Weapon X program because he really had nothing to lose since he was dying from cancer. (His cancer is a reoccurring joke in the comics) Wade is not a mutant but during his time in the Weapon X program is artificially given an enhanced version of Wolverine’s mutant healing factor. The trouble is that it didn’t cure his cancer so his body is in a constant fight of healing the damage that his cancer is causing. Considering his brain was one site of infection, the constant damage and repair causes him to be unpredictable and often times completely mental. Though initially he didn’t have any on-board internal dialog, he is now famous for having two additional voices in his head which are represented on page with yellow and white speech boxes with which he often has verbal dialog to the dismay of those around him.
He Can Heal From Virtually Anything
The X-Men character Wolverine is the source of Deadpool’s healing factor but he heals faster and more completely than his donor. Known for diving in head first, sometimes literally, knowing that while it might hurt but that he will be fine has become a signature technique for Deadpool. With no regard for himself Wade is willing to do anything at anytime which when combined with his fragile mental status makes him a dangerous foe. Taskmasker, a foe with photo-reflexive memory which allows him to copy anyone’s fighting skills by observation, was unable to defeat Deadpool due to his chaotic and improvised fighting style. Taskmaster has also stated that Deadpool is an expert at distracting his opponents. Other formatable fighters in the Marvel Universe like X-Men member Gambit are also afraid to directly engage Deadpool even going so far as to offer to pay him off rather than fight him.
And last of all…. *reader insert drum roll here*
He Knows He’s in Comic Book
To my knowledge there isn’t a point that’s been portrayed in the comics at which Deadpool discovers that he is just a comic book character created and used for the enjoyment of the reader but he does know it. As famous has he is for the previous points, and MANY many others, at the top if the list (or at the bottom I suppose) should be his frequent breaking of the fourth wall, something nearly no one else in the Marvel Universe does. Frequent references to real world events, pop culture, references to previous issues by issue number, and even characters from other comic book companies like Batman are bewildering to other characters but are a staple and major point of interest for fans. In short, it wouldn’t be a Deadpool comic without at least one breach!
With the release of his new movie on the horizon, February 12th in the US GET your ticks like now, take the time to enjoy Deadpool for what he is the “Merc with the Mouth” (not that X-Men Origins: Wolverine bullshit).
Deadpool loves a shower scene