By Marc Strom
Deadpool doesn't exactly fit the traditional definition of "hero."
However, the mercenary also known as Wade Wilson helped save the world when he infiltrated the Skrull armada to steal information on how to kill their leader. But when Norman Osborn intercepted the transmission the Merc With a Mouth sent to Nick Fury, Wilson found himself unpaid and not happy about it.
Now with DEADPOOL #6, on January 14, writer Daniel Way and artist Paco Medina put their titular merc to the test when Osborn sends Tiger Shark to tie up some loose ends and kill Deadpool.
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While Wilson has frequently fallen into the role of a hero, Way says that one simple thing has kept him from fully becoming one:
"Heroes don't charge for their services," the writer remarks. "Deadpool does."
Nonetheless, Deadpool recently expressed his distaste for a group of mercenaries who rescued him from a prison cell by killing his jailers, innocent bystanders in Deadpool's mission.
"Deadpool kills only when the mission or job warrants it," Way explains. "He may be a bit crazy, but he's not a psychopath. Plus, he takes no small amount of pride in his abilities—he could've gotten away from those cops, and probably in a way that would've given him, and the readers, a laugh. What those mercs did was unnecessary and uninspired—but that's not why he killed them. Or is it?"
But don't think this points to anything resembling a strict moral code for Wade Wilson, since, as Way puts it, "much like his allegiances, Deadpool's morals will shift from job to job. With Deadpool, pride and morality are often interchangeable."
Deadpool's pride brings us full circle to the most recent instance of his apparent heroism, and his motivations for tracking Norman Osborn down.
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"Norman ripped him off," Way exclaims. "And in doing so, he made Deadpool look stupid in front of Nick Fury! See? Pride."
And while issue #6 marks the first shot in Deadpool and Osborn's war, fans can expect the war to continue for some time—or at least "until Norman coughs up the cash" Wade lost after his signal to Fury got intercepted.
"Which, seeing as how [Osborn's] loaded, wouldn't seem like such a big thing but unlike Deadpool, Norman is
a psychopath," Way notes. "I think that, had Norman been able to somehow foresee what a problem Deadpool would become, he would've paid him at the outset—but he didn't. He thought Deadpool could be played out with impunity. Obviously, he was wrong, but admitting that [by] paying Deadpool isn't something Norman is willing to do. No, he's going to do this the hard way..."
When it came time to choose which villain Norman would send after Deadpool first, Way confesses that Tiger Shark came to mind for one main reason:
"[Series editor] Axel Alonso and I are both big fans of the character so, when the opportunity to use him came up, I jumped and Axel held the net."
But Tiger Shark's appearance will only prove the tip of the iceberg, as Way plans on giving readers their money's worth in the next two-part arc.
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"Bob [Agent of Hydra returns]," Way proclaims. "Plus, Deadpool—imagines that he—gets a girlfriend! And, last but not least, readers will be treated to a completely inappropriate re-imagining of the movie 'Die Hard!' Yes—all this in only two issues!"
DEADPOOL #6 shoots into stores on January 14. And for the complete story of Marvel's Merc With a Mouth, check out the DEADPOOL SAGA on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited!
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