In the comic book universe, Wade Wilson was a hired assassin with his own code of honor and ethics. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he volunteered for an experiment that gave him some of the genetic traits of Wolverine. Now, Wade has super-human strength, incredible agility, and an even-more-powerful healing factor that makes him immortal. However, the side effects included hideously scarred skin and a short-circuited brain, turning the sarcastic assassin into a borderline insane, attention-deficient warrior called Deadpool, the “Merc With A Mouth.”
Everyone's seen Ryan Reynolds strut his stuff as Wade in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and now, as our late-breaking scoop announced yesterday, we'll be seeing him reprise the role in a "Deadpool" solo movie. with plenty of stories out there to show you just what makes Deadpool a fan-favorite character, we've put together a list of some of the highlights from the comic book history of Marvel's mutant mercenary.
DEADPOOL LIMITED SERIES II: Deadpool had made a few appearances as a wise-cracking mercenary since debuting in 1991, but in this 1994 miniseries writer Mark Waid gave us the first inkling that, deep down, the immortal assassin actually longed to find a higher purpose and still had some form of morality within him.
In this story, Deadpool begins to doubt the life he’s leading and also finds himself feeling genuine affection for someone else for the first time in years (namely, Syrin of X-Force). This mini served as a launching pad for the merc’s later ongoing series.
DEADPOOL #1-25: In his first ongoing series, Deadpool is quickly recruited by an intergalactic law firm that believes he is destined to save the planet from total destruction. Despite his objections, these cosmic businessmen are determined to help the “Merc with a Mouth” face the fact that he is, at heart, a decent person so that he can prepare for a fate he doesn’t feel he deserves.
This 25-issue run written by Joe Kelly is what made the character a favorite among many fans and redefined exactly what he’s all about.
CABLE & DEADPOOL, VOL. 1 -- IF LOOKS COULD KILL: For years, the Merc with a Mouth and Cable, son of the X-Men’s Cyclops, have been enemies. But in this adventure, circumstances force them to become comrades and Deadpool finds himself drawn into Cable’s schemes to save humanity from itself.
A whole new direction in life for the Merc with a Mouth and a hilarious twist on the buddy comedy concept.
(For more on this mutant team-up, check out our interview with "Deadpool" actor Ryan Reynolds about the potential for a big-screen meeting between Cable and Deadpool!)
CABLE & DEADPOOL, VOL. 3 -- THE HUMAN RACE: Deadpool investigates a murder mystery (in his own subtle way) and then has to do some dimension-hopping when Cable is lost in a parallel reality.
Most significant of all perhaps, this story involves Deadpool having some of his damaged brain fixed, allowing him more clarity and a brighter potential for becoming a true hero. If only he’d just shut up and appreciate it.
DEADPOOL VS. THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: Man, this story has it all. Time travel, terrorists, super-villains. guest appearances by everyone from Captain America to Wolverine to the Fantastic Four. And, in the middle of it all, the Merc with a Mouth and his new faithful sidekick Bob, Agent of HYDRA.
If you always wanted to mix "Doctor Who" with wanton violence, this may suit your fancy.
So, what "Deadpool" stories did we miss? Any other storylines you'd like to see in a recommended reading list for the Deadpool-hungry masses?
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