|Deadpool #21 cover by Mark Brooks|
By Paul Montgomery
Ever since smoking those re-animated American Presidents, Deadpool has sat vigil over his bank account with nary a direct deposit from the comptroller at S.H.I.E.L.D. Wade’s not a happy freelancer. Chimichangas don’t grow on trees, or so he assumes; he never had the heart to bury one of those savory tubes of Tex-Mexiness to find out. He wants the fat stack of dead presidents due him, and that means war.
Next week, the mouthy merc comes calling with DEADPOOL #21 from Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn along with returning artist Mike Hawthorne. Will Fury’s finest pay the piper, or will helicarriers rain from the sky? It all leads to the arc’s fiery, fiscally irresponsible finale in DEADPOOL #25.NOW, coming in March.
We spoke to co-writer Gerry Duggan about fatal finances and acrimonious acronyms.
Marvel.com: S.H.I.E.L.D. seems like a big honkin' target for just one merc. Are Deadpool's eyes bigger than his stomach?
|Deadpool #22 cover by Mark Brooks|
Gerry Duggan: Well, he's taking on certain elements in S.H.I.E.L.D., not necessarily the entire organization. In fact, he'll have some help. I always loved Lee Marvin in the Parker adaptation “Point Blank.” He just wanted the money that was due him. Not a penny more than the sum that was rightly his. But he didn't get it, and now you can't buy safety for all the money in the world. Pro-tip: Betta have Deadpool’s money.
Marvel.com: But they have helicarriers and stuff!
Gerry Duggan: Unfortunately, they're not the only ones that have helicarriers and stuff. S.H.I.E.L.D. may be clashing swords with Deadpool, but in the end, S.H.I.E.L.D. will be glad it did. You're never going to see S.H.I.E.L.D.pool. Well you're probably never going to see S.H.I.E.L.D.pool, but he's damn good enough to be one of their best.
Marvel.com: Does the presence of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Deadpool's noggin make this harder, or does she offer a tactical advantage?
|Deadpool #23 cover by Mark Brooks|
Gerry Duggan: Preston was always intended as a comedic foil for Deadpool, but after her sacrifice she became much more important. She magnetized the needle on Deadpool's moral compass; actually having someone to talk with helped ground Deadpool a bit. As our series progressed she became even more special, not just as conscience, but she was also a hidden ace for Deadpool too. In fact, she's so important to this run of DEADPOOL that we actually introduced you to her before we reintroduced you to Deadpool back in issue #1. Without Preston, it’s debatable whether Wade would have ever been alerted to Butler's abductions. Even giving Deadpool the benefit of the doubt on this score, let's say he did eventually discover he was being victimized—it's unlikely without Preston in his head that he would have escaped North Korea. Makes you wonder and maybe worry what life would be like for Wade if she ever did escape his head. Preston is just one of our long-plays. We're introducing another deep thread somewhere in this current arc, one that may not come into focus until after #34.
Marvel.com: Phil Coulson has proven just as resilient as Deadpool. Is he gonna sweat this?
|Deadpool #25.NOW cover by Mark Brooks|
Gerry Duggan: For Phil, the risks are to the job, the organization, and not personal. Still, he lives, breathes and bleeds S.H.I.E.L.D., so the stakes will be plenty high for him. With “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” you saw Captain America and Wolverine look at Deadpool in a new light. After the events of DEADPOOL #23, Phil will be reexamining not just his own feelings on Wade, but maybe he's going to have to update some of S.H.I.E.L.D. files on Deadpool too.
Marvel.com: How did you rope Mike Hawthorne back into this?
Gerry Duggan: Like it or not, we're the brains of this operation I suppose. Mike gives us our pulse. We've been lucky since Page 1, Panel 1 in terms of collaborators, and to have Mike return for his second arc is a real delight. It's not just his amazing art, it's his sense of storytelling and ability to adapt to anything we throw at him; plus, he can sell a joke. Mike's part of what makes this book so fun to make 25 issues on.
Marvel.com: Wait a second. Deadpool's .NOW issue comes at the end of an arc? Is that even allowed?
Gerry Duggan: We’re on DEADPOOL, we do what we want. Maybe we'll print the cover upside down.
Wade Wilson’s war with S.H.I.E.L.D. begins next week in DEADPOOL #21!