By Paul Montgomery
Dead Presidents heaped behind him and a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Emily Preston rattling around in his head, Deadpool cartwheels into his most treacherous misadventures yet beginning this August.
The upcoming DEADPOOL arc “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” sees Marvel’s daffiest mercenary running afoul of some surly Weapon X rejects, a kerfuffle so hairy he’s forced to team up with Wolverine and Captain America. Writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn welcome artist Declan Shalvey as the Merc with the Mouth bites off more than he can chew.
“The second act of Marvel NOW!’s DEADPOOL took Wade down a dark path, and of course trapped Preston inside his head,” Duggan explains. “Unfortunately, Deadpool won't be able to catch his breath because he's still in terrible jeopardy after the Vetis saga. This threat is not supernatural, but it's perhaps more sinister.”
|Deadpool #15 cover by Declan Shalvey|
One of the many demons striking up deals throughout the Marvel Universe, Vetis chose Deadpool’s shoulder as his favorite perch. That hellacious influence and all the Faustian peril it entails added a level of menace to Wade’s typically wacky exploits. Does the introduction of some fellow Weapon X science experiments deflate Wade’s whoopie cushion?
“We want to tell another fun story,” Duggan stresses, “But by the time this story ends we'll have put Deadpool through the ringer, we'll have learned some more about him and we'll have introduced a new threat to the heroes of the Marvel Universe.”
The writer expresses further excitement for the arrival of the new art team and the tonal shift they offer to this chaotic class reunion.
“I think our new readers will have fun seeing what we've cooked up with Declan and [colorist] Jordie [Bellaire],” says Duggan. “And longtime Deadpool fans will appreciate the scope of the story.”
Shalvey considers Bellaire his secret weapon as well, far more potent than Wade’s healing factor:
“She's been doing amazing color work on CAPTAIN MARVEL and ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN and I'm delighted to be collaborating with her on DEADPOOL.”
“I'm going to take a slightly darker approach with this arc of DEADPOOL,” Shalvey continues. “I'm aiming to draw Wade with a bit more of an edge. He's hurting; he's a victim and although he jokes, he's really not playing around. He's not smiling underneath that mask this time.”
Shalvey counts Captain America and Wolverine among his favorite characters and thrills at the prospect of finally drawing them in an ongoing series.
“I enjoy the dynamic of these three very different characters that are still bonded together due to their origins,” he says. “Seeing Cap and Wolverine play off a character like Deadpool is going to be a lot of fun.”
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