Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Comic Book Character of the Week: Deadpool

When he first appeared on the scene in 1991, Deadpool was a minor character, hailed as the mutant answer to Spider-Man. Or, rather, the mutant rip-off of Spider-Man, right down to the red costume with colored rings around the eyes, the extraordinary agility and a propensity for delivering one-liners in the middle of a fight.

He originally appeared on the pages of the New Mutants, trying to kill either Cable or Domino. But the Rob Liefeld/Fabian Nicieza creation quickly became a fan favorite and established a demented identity of his own.
The constant regeneration of his brain cells has turned the former Weapon X subject certifiably insane – so much so that he realizes he’s in a comic book, and frequently refers to the fact.

Although he began life as a villain, the Merc With A Mouth was given his own comic book title in 1997, his own movie in the near future and is now officially a hero. Well, an anti-hero. And one of the most entertaining ones around. Props to Empire Online.

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