Over the years, Deadpool has received the royal exposure treatment. From meeting counterparts from across the multiverse to an unfortunate role in X-men: Origins Wolverine. All of the things every character in the Marvel Universe could want, Deadpool has received.
In all of his exposure and continuity twisting adventures, Deadpool seemed to miss one quintessential aspect near to the heart of most Marvel readers. This missing link was a cosmic altering story in which we realize Deadpool is somehow connected to the trans-cosmic universe in a meaningful way. We all pined for the day when the merc with a mouth would reach to the apex of creation and join a fun cosmic struggle, and in 2013, he did, by fighting himself.
Warning, Spoilers ahead: Please read Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2013) and Deadpool Kills Deadpool (2013) before indulging!
I finally opened my copies of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Deadpool Kills Deadpool on the recommendation of a close friend. I am so thankful I had both, and part of the reason I ran to my computer to write this up was that all of you out there in readers-ville would live in abject squalor if you only open up Deadpool Kills Deadpool without context!
These two stories seem ridiculous to associate, but these books are a natural play off each other.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe begins a bit more street level than the rest of these tales. After receiving shock therapy at the hands of a supervillain, Deadpool of another universe kills off every hero and villain and even stabs the Cosmic Watcher narrating the story. All of this is done in an almost serious method. Cured of his insanity, Deadpool becomes extremely sane, realizing that the universe is created by writers and that he needs to kill characters who would sell books like Spiderman and the Punisher.
This leads to his escape form the universe in which he “kills” the writers of the story, and theoretically becoming the creator of all things.
The next series, which I recommend with much more emphasis, is Deadpool kills Deadpool.
This takes us into the world of actual Deadpool (traditional Earth 616) after the events of the fore mentioned tale. Deadpools from a host of universes have teamed up to kill off all Deadpools in the multiverse. We realize that the Deadpool from Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe may only think he is the creator of all things in his madness, but as Deadpools are crazy, some join his cause.
Lady Deadpool brings Dogpool, Kid Deadpool and two others to bring our hero Wade into the fray. Along the way we meet Wolverine-Pool, Dino-Pool, and even fall in love with Pandapool, but in terms of cosmic comic books, I was most excited about the “Watcher” from this story.
I am such a sucker for off continuity pieces by marvel, and if you share my enthusiasm for books narrated by a Watcher, you will love the meta-commentary on what the watchers do. The watcher in this story was tasked with observing the actions of every Deadpool/Wade Wilson in the multiverse. He went crazy and became a huge Deadpool fan boy (like all of us).
I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but I will say that Deadpool wins… yep, that was a dad joke… but in all seriousness, I will say that if you love the tone of most stories about Deadpool, you will not lose the humor and oddity that is Deadpool. If on the other hand you are reading Marvel for the meta-concepts and strange science/philosophy, the Merc with a Mouth is in fact a great protagonist to explore!
I hope you enjoy this title as much as I did!