By Tim Stevens
For a guy like Deadpool, any job worth doing must be a job done very, very thoroughly.
Thus, after laying waste to the Marvel Universe in DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE this past summer, the Merc with the Mouth just has to keep the violence going. Coming this January in DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED, fans can witness the further bloodbath as he takes his show on the road to whole new universes—or rather, classic universes.
“When we last saw Deadpool at the end of DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, he was hacking and slashing his way through the multiverse, killing every Marvel character he could find,” writer Cullen Bunn recalls. “As this series opens, we learn that he's still out there and he's killed countless characters in his quest. He's growing bored, though, and he wants to find a way to ‘shortcut’ his killing spree.
“That's when he learns of the ‘Ideaverse,’ a pocket multiverse where the stories of classic literature are playing out. Deadpool believes that if he can destroy the characters and stories that helped to inspire the Marvel Universe, he can retroactively destroy all the heroes and villains he's been trying to kill.”
Before Deadpool could enter the next phase of his murderous quest, however, someone had to dream up the idea. According to Jordan White, inspiration did not take long.
|Deadpool Killustrated #1 cover by Mike Del Mundo|
“A couple of the ideas were pretty awesome, so, I hesitate to give them away, in case we find a way to tell those stories later,” he teases. “That being said, when the idea of Deadpool killing the Classics came up, it really struck a chord. It’s a much bigger idea, a way to up the ante from the first series. [It] gets taken to the next level, but without actually breaking the rules of the Marvel Universe as we’ve established them.”
For Bunn, the infinite possibilities of setting the twisted mercenary loose on the characters of classic literature proved simply too much to resist.
“This is such a fun story to write on many levels,” he asserts. “The possibilities are endless and there's tons of variety. I might be writing a scene featuring Don Quixote charging across a windmill-dotted plain one second and a scene set in the bowels of Castle Dracula the next.”
It does not hurt that Deadpool realizing his goals gives the writer a bit of vengeance too.
“This story also gives me the chance to get ‘revenge’ on these classics stories for taking up so much of my time while I was earning my degree,” he confesses. “For every term paper I had to write about symbolism in ‘Moby Dick,’ Deadpool does terrible, terrible things to another classic character.”
The Crimson Comedian would be mistaken to think these terrible things will be simple to accomplish though.
“Deadpool himself thinks he's going to have an easy time with these ‘stuffy old characters,’ but he quickly changes his mind,” Bunn explains. “These classic characters are not pushovers, and they have no intention of simply letting Wade stroll in and kill them. He has no clue what he's getting into with the classics.”
A big part of Deadpool’s difficulty will stem from the fact that he just does not understand his prey.
“Deadpool has a deep understanding of a reality based on comic book tropes, but he has no clue what he's getting into with the classics,” points out Bunn. “Unlike super heroes when the classics team up, they don’t waste time fighting with each other. Instead, they get down to business and focus on the task at hand—stopping Deadpool.”
While Bunn plays many of his cards close to his chest on the limited series, he gladly teases some of the characters who the Merc will encounter:
“A few—but definitely not all—of the characters Deadpool will be facing off against include Dr. Frankenstein, Tom Sawyer, the ladies of Little Women, [and] the Three Musketeers. One of the things we'll see is that Deadpool's excursion in the Ideaverse is causing a disturbance that allows for team-ups between these iconic characters that you won't be expecting.”
White has his own personal favorite in the bunch and thinks fans will be similarly shocked.
“Cullen has come up with some of the most twisted confrontations with classical lit characters that I’ve ever seen,” he enthuses. “Wait until you see Deadpool vs. Little Women. Seriously.”
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