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How I Fell in Love With Deadpool…

It’s strange. I had planned to write an article where I detailed chronologically how I fell in love with one of my all-time favorite characters, Deadpool. It made sense. The guy has a freaking movie coming out. But as I tried to remember how I fell in love with the character, the pieces just wouldn’t fit together. I remember first reading about the character during the early issues of Agent X, a book I picked up simply for the art. That was back in 2002. I’m sure I saw mention of the character in Wizard magazine or in an X-book at some point in the 90s, but I wasn’t an avid comic book collector at that point.

So where did I fall in love with the character? There are so many points in the character’s history that I realized I was enamored with the comedy and complexity of the character that is Wade Wilson.

Agent X

Yes, {Spoilers} this title did not in fact feature Deadpool. Spinning out of his struggling initial series, the story of Agent X followed an amnesiac who was believed to be Deadpool at the time. As a teenager, I was initially drawn by UDON’s beautiful art on the book, but I became infatuated with the book when I saw the comedy that lied within as well. I was young and beginning to dive deep into collecting comic books. This was one of the first books I read with a sense of humor and I would come to learn that Gail Simone is a master when it comes to fun titles. Unfortunately, at that young age, I couldn’t afford to collect the entire series and learn the truth behind Agent X’s connection to Deadpool.

Cable and Deadpool

I find Cable to be a dreadfully boring character. So I kept my distance from this book for quite some time. But then, a little thing called Civil War happened. I don’t remember if it was me or my brother who made the decision to include this book in our pull list at the time, but it would eventually be Skottie Young’s covers on the tail end of the series that convinced me to keep picking these books up. That, and the ridiculous fun that I had reading this book. Yeah, I found Cable boring, but he was barely in the book and would eventually die leaving the series completely to Deadpool. And who better to give me my first true taste of Deadpool than one of his creators, Fabian Nicieza?

Deadpool Vol. 2

I’d gotten hooked. Cable and Deadpool came to an end and Deadpool was relaunched under the capable hands of Daniel Way. Deadpool had previously appeared in Daniel Way’s Wolverine: Origins, and Way continued to demonstrate an uncanny (heh) ability to have fun with the character. It wouldn’t be until issue #37 that I would finally get to understand the pathos behind Deadpool. Up until this point, Deadpool was a sort of parody/comedy character that just went on absurd adventures. Under Way, his adventures were still just as absurd, but he had a reason for doing what he did that wasn’t money or fame. He wasn’t simply a funny character; he was actually a very tragic character as well.

Uncanny X-Force

At about the same time that I started understanding Deadpool on a deeper level, Deadpool began to be featured in Uncanny X-Force. Simply put, I believe Rick Remender is a master of character-based storytelling. He doesn’t just write stories where cool shit happens; he writes stories where cool shit happens that deeply affects the characters in his books. Uncanny X-Force was a title that is one of my all-time favorite books for this reason. I found every character utilized in this series to be interesting and real. And to my surprise, Deadpool became the heart of that team. Enough to say, this was a series about a group of people who did bad things but did them for the right reasons.

Since Then…

I admittedly got a little fatigued as Marvel went into Deadpool overdrive with Deadpool Corps and a litany of other mini series featuring the Merc with the Mouth. I also spent a couple years not collecting comics. I gave Brian Posehn and Gerry Dugan’s relaunch a chance but didn’t quite recognize the character I’d embraced. I’ll probably go back and read it all later as I’ve heard some positive stuff. I’ve also read some of the Joe Kelly series, but want to go back and read straight through as I’ve only ever read bits here and there. I’m also thinking about giving the recent Uncanny Avengers a shot.

So what was the point of this? To share a little bit of why I love one of my favorite comic book characters. To give folks an idea of where or how they can jump on to reading Deadpool.

And what was the point of that intro if I ended up writing it out chronologically? I really don’t know.

Hope you enjoyed reading one Deadpool fans account of the evolution of his love for Deadpool. If you love Deadpool too, where did you start? Any suggestions for what to read and what to skip? Are you as excited by the movie as I am?

CYaN Podcast Episode 13: Holy Tangents, Batman

Woohoo, another CYaN podcast for you to listen to. Ricky and Danny talk about a few different things, but to be honest we will really just be talking about the Dark Knight Rises and what we thought about it.

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Marvel NOW! Presents Uncanny Avengers

Last week we heard about a slew of launches and creative shuffles coming from Marvel under the banner Marvel NOW. Today, Marvel released the cover of the first issue to Uncanny Avengers on Entertainment Weekly’s site.

Uncanny Avengers will be penned by Rick Remender with art by John Cassaday. The creative team certainly looks interesting (I am a big fan of Remender but worried Cassaday will get his work in on time). With a title like Uncanny Avengers, we think it would be a mash-up of Avengers and X-Men. The cover shows the team with Thor, Havok, Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Captain America and of course Wolverine. Definitely an interesting mash-up of a team, half Avengers with half X-Men. There will be interactions that we would not normally see.

Hopefully next week’s reveals during San Diego Comic Con will be just as interesting.

Creative Shuffle Now Called Marvel NOW!

Comic-Con is coming and that means exciting news barreling toward us for comics, movies, and more. So the Marvel creative shuffle we’ve been talking about on the podcast is now a relaunch with a lot of new titles, new costumes, and new #1’s. Entertainment Weekly has revealed this relaunch is titled Marvel NOW!, and here are some details.

Spider-man, Hulk, Jean Grey, Nova, Nick Fury Jr., Captain America, Rocket Racoon, Wolverine, Cyclops, Invisible Woman, Cable, Thor, Iron Man
Image Property of Entertainment Weekly; Artist: Joe Quesada

Uncanny Avengers will be from writer Rick Remender and artist John Cassaday. The series will feature an Avengers team comprised of mainstays such as Captain America and Thor as well as mutants Wolverine (already an Avenger) and Havok (who Remender promises to make a character to watch).

Avengers from Jonathan Hickman will feature a large cast of Avengers at about eighteen and who all are at the moment a mystery, save for one: Shang Chi. Hickman is known for his meticulously plotted stories in SHIELD and Fantastic Four, and I am definitely looking forward to this book no matter what characters are in it.

And Bendis is definitely moving into the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe with All-New X-Men which will feature the original X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel, and Beast) time-traveling to the modern day.

And that piece of art shown above features some of the costume redesigns with art from Joe Quesada. Captain America appears to be taking some fashion tips from Ultimate Cap and movie Cap. The armored Hulk begs the question: What the HELL does the Hulk need armor for (aside from Planet Hulk)? Hopes for a new Guardians of the Galaxy series are reinvigorated by the appearance of Rocket Raccoon. And the Cyclops redesign makes me hope for the time-traveling Iceman and Angel to see modern Cyclops and start laughing uncontrollably.

Cheap Date: May 9th

Cheap Date brings you the best purchasing options. Every Wednesday, we will give you a list of the best items coming out this week to spend your money on. To top it off, all for under $30.

Let’s get to it.

Comics – $13

Two of Marvel’s best comics are out this week in Uncanny X-Force #25 and Wolverine and the X-Men #10. Uncanny X-Force starts a new arc as Rick Remender cements his station as one of the best comic writers in the business. And in Wolverine and the X-Men, it features a Avengers vs. X-Men tie-in but this series is still one of the freshest takes on the merry band of mutants.

The Walking Dead #97 from Image Comics comes to shelves as it closes in on issue #100. Now Rick and company have to have a band of ruthless oppressors in order take control of the newly found supply lines.Walking Deadbecomes the best when it is human versus human with zombies as the backdrop.

Scott Snyder shows why he is one of the best in Batman #9 as the “Night of the Owls” storyline continues. Batman must defend Wayne Manor from an army of assassins after he nearly died defeated just one. Plus he is looking bad-ass in his new armored suit.

Games – Free-$7

Alright, this is a weird one. Valve has just released the “Perpetual Testing Initiative” DLC for Portal 2. With this DLC, you can create your own Portal puzzles to share with friends and challenge the community. I can not wait to see what comes out of this from the community. The DLC is free for the PC. But if you do not own Portal 2 yet (FOR SHAME!), the game is on sale on Steam for only $7 until tomorrow afternoon. Either way; get the game, play the game and create some new puzzles to share.


And that is is for this week. It is a light week, since no real game or movie releases that I care for. If you did not need to buy Portal 2, then you are under $20 which is awesome. See you next week for another installment of Cheap Date.

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