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Comic Book Origins: Deadpool — November 29, 2012

Comic Book Origins: Deadpool

Everyone has their favorite comic book hero or villain, in some case. Some with good intentions and wanting to help humanity in any way they can, others want to destroy everything that is good. The character I am writing this origin piece about is Deadpool. Someone who has straddled both sides of the good and evil divide throughout a checkered existence. He’s not everyone’s favorite and, indeed, a vast majority of readers hate him, but I personally put that down to a lack of understanding, in most part. Deadpool is completely ruthless in getting what he wants, but the thing that made me a fan is his one-liners and witty come backs. He isn’t called ‘The Merc with the Mouth’ for nothing. His wit is as sharp as his swords. So, for Deadpool virgins and fans alike, I hope this origin piece will be a good introduction and an accurate homage, respectively.

Wade Winston Wilson was born in Ohio to a family as dysfunctional then as he would turn out to be later in his life. He constantly ran away from home in his teenage years, joining gangs to get street wise. This accelerated to him as he received training from various organizations, until he took the decision to become a mercenary himself. His first few missions didn’t go well, as his over-enthusiasm and lack of discipline caused failure after failure. Instead of facing up to failure, he just changed his name and moved on. He has been known among others as ‘The Crimson Comedian’, ‘Chiyanosake’, and, most fittingly, ‘The Regeneratin’ Degenerate’, which shall become apparent a little later.

Wade moved to Canada to try and get more work. This is where things started to go wrong for him. He met a man called Wade T. Winston who, through time, becomes one of his targets. Agreeing to take the job, his rashness rears its head again, as he kills his target’s wife by mistake. Wade T. disappears, leaving Wade W. to take his name, as he held Canadian citizenship, which enabled him to move freely around the country. Disaster strikes him when he is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. He joins Department H, who is trying to find a cancer cure. After they failed to deliver, he was sent to the Hospice. This is where he first meets the mysterious figure, ‘Death’, who only he can see, as he has been close to it several times. The Weapon-X program is his destination. The idea of this program was to splice a human with the regenerative properties of the Wolverine. The program was a success, at first, until his state of mind was severely altered into the unhinged character he became. He can now regenerate his body. He can even re-join his severed head as long as it is in contact with his body, which must surely be beneficial to him. However, like most things, it has a trade-off. His cancer became accelerated, covering his body and face in numerous weeping ulcers. This is why he now wears the uniform and mask we all know and love, very much like Spider-Man’s, but with his famous swords slung on his back. His name was derived from the lottery that the guards had, betting on who would die next during the Weapon-X Program. They called it The Deadpool. So, from this point on, Deadpool was born.

Deadpool broke the superhero mold, as he showed signs of schizophrenic tendencies and a macabre interest in death, which manifests itself in the methods that he uses as he carries out his actions. As mentioned earlier, his sense of humor is second to none, taking down foes with words sharper than his swords. His weapons are legendary, from swords to machine guns and everything in between, which somehow appear from nowhere. The fabled ‘magic satchel’ is where he produces his wide array of accessories, which, of course, makes him very acrobatic, as he has no weight to carry. A character named Blind Al has been intertwined in many of Deadpool’s publications, playing the part of Mother, Housekeeper, and even Prisoner. They constantly played very cruel tricks on each other, but seemed to need each other to stay somewhat sane. Deadpool has become a bit of an enigma. Personally, I think he is really cool, with an edge that is sometimes missing in other better-loved characters. Things changed recently, as he has become mortal, but his disregard for life and fascination of death keeps him on a thin line, as he takes risks at every turn.

He has appeared in many publications, including Cable and Deadpool, Deadpool and the X-Men, Dark Reign, Uncanny X-Force, among others. He has, of course, presently claimed one of the Marvel NOW! slots. I, for one, am delighted. So, ladies and gentlemen, this is the journey Wade Winston Wilson embarked on to become the legendary Deadpool, entertaining readers for the last 21 years, with, hopefully, many more to come.

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Legendary Artist Joe Quesada Covers The End Of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! — November 22, 2012

Legendary Artist Joe Quesada Covers The End Of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!

Legendary Artist Joe Quesada Covers The End Of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!

 

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada’s jaw-dropping variant cover to Amazing Spider-Man #700, the FINAL issue of the series! Before the year closes out, fans are in for one of the biggest shocks to hit the life of Peter Parker. Just when you thought all was going well for the World’s Greatest Super Hero, think again. This December, secrets are revealed, but the twists and turns are not done yet!  Join Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, and a cavalcade of talented writers and artists in witnessing Amazing Spider-Man come to a close as we celebrate 50 years of Spider-Man!

 

And when you think all is lost, the must-read story continues in Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 by Chris Yost and Paco Medina! There’s a reason this is the ONLY other Marvel comic on sale December 26th. But the only way you’ll find out is by picking it up!

 

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to your local comic shop and reserve these today!

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 (OCT120626)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 QUESADA VARIANT (OCT120632)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 QUESADA SKETCH VARIANT (SEP128097)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Cover by MR. GARCIN

Variant Covers by JOE QUESADA

FOC- 11/26/12 On-Sale – 12/26/12

 

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 (OCT120625)

Written by CHRIS YOST

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

FOC- 11/26/12 On-Sale – 12/26/12

The Future of UNCANNY X-MEN Is Marvel NOW! — November 9, 2012

The Future of UNCANNY X-MEN Is Marvel NOW!

The Future of UNCANNY X-MEN Is Marvel NOW!

Superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo Redefine Mutantkind!

 

New York. NY—November 9, 2012— This February, Cyclops is back in full force in Uncanny X-Men #1, kicking offthe all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Chris Bachalo! As part of Marvel NOW!, Uncanny X-Men  joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

The true flagship book of the X-Men returns. In the wake of the Phoenix, the world has changed and is torn on exactly what Cyclops and his team of X-Men are – visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are out in the world gathering up new mutants and redefining the name Uncanny X-Men.

“What Brian and Chris have planned for Cyclops’ team in the post-‘Avengers VS. X-Men’ landscape is nothing short of its adjective, ‘uncanny’,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment.  “Mutantkind has been going through a reEvolution over the past couple years. The pressing question now is, who will lead them into the future?”

Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With Fearless Defenders, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will discover an entirely new perspective in the adventures of the Defenders.

Uncanny X-Men will be the one-stop shop for these very important characters in the mutant [corner of the] Marvel Universe and the Marvel Universe proper,” said writer Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “I’m very lucky that I get to write All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men at the same time. I can examine this fascinating part of the Marvel Universe from vastly different angles. I can’t think of a time where the mutant part of the Marvel Universe has been more exciting. Every character is so complex and there are so many characters interacting. Literally anything could happen.”

Each issue of Uncanny X-Men includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices). Additionally, each issue of Uncanny X-Men features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

“Not only does every book with the Marvel NOW! logo feature a new superstar creative team and blockbuster story, but they also come with all-new incentives for our retailer partners,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.. “We want to make sure every comic shop nationwide is fully stocked to meet the high demand we’re already seeing for Marvel NOW! And want to make sure their voices are heard throughout this exciting time. Stay tuned for more news on how Marvel will be working directly with retailers to make sure our programs address their needs.”

An all-new direction! An all-new team! All-new threats! This is Uncanny X-Men NOW!

This February, Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo redefine what it means to be a mutant in Uncanny X-Men!

UNCANNY X-MEN #1

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

ON SALE FEBRUARY 2013

The Future of YOUNG AVENGERS Is Marvel NOW! — October 10, 2012

The Future of YOUNG AVENGERS Is Marvel NOW!

The Future of YOUNG AVENGERS Is Marvel NOW!

Superstars Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie Usher In A New Age Of Teen Heroes!

 

New York. NY—August 9, 2012— This October, a brand new team arrives on the scene to show what they are made of in Young Avengers #1, kicking offthe all-new ongoing series care of the blockbuster creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and artists Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton and Matt Wilson! As part of Marvel NOW!, Young Avengers  joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

 

From the critically acclaimed duo of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie comes a reinvention of the teen superhero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye with Loki, Marvel Boy and Miss America. We have seen how our heroes handle the hardships of the world, but now we can bear witness as these Young Avengers grapple with challenges of becoming a new brand of hero. Will they be up to the task?  Will they be able to follow in the footsteps of the heroes before them?  Will they want to? Join in and watch as these young heroes discover who they truly are and how they can save the world.

 

“The Young Avengers are the team of tomorrow and an important step in right direction for the Marvel Universe,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “This team’s youth is going to make for some very interesting stories as they forge a unique place for themselves in a world populated by super-powered characters.  And there’s no substitute for hard work. You’ll be watching a team grow into one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful forces.”

 

Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With Young Avengers, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will discover an entirely new perspective in the adventures of a brand new team.

 

“This is my chance to take a serious crack at reinventing the Marvel teen super hero for the 21st century,” said writer Kieron Gillen. “So I recruited my favorite collaborators in a Dirty-Dozen fashion, and set about the task. I couldn’t be more excited if I was having adrenaline pumped into me intravenously. If the original Young Avengers was about being 16, this is about being 18. It’s a small difference, but an important one.”

 

Each issue of Young Avengers features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

 

“Not only does every book with the Marvel NOW! logo feature a new superstar creative team and blockbuster story, but they also come with all-new incentives for our retailer partners,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.. “We want to make sure every comic shop nationwide is fully stocked to meet the high demand we’re already seeing for Marvel NOW! And want to make sure their voices are heard throughout this exciting time. Stay tuned for more news on how Marvel will be working directly with retailers to make sure our programs address their needs.”

 

An all-new direction! All-new threats! All-new team! This is Young Avengers NOW!

 

This January, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie introduce the world to a new team in Young Avengers #1!

 

For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW.

Marvel NOW! – Hickman & Opena’s AVENGERS Covers Revealed! — September 5, 2012

Marvel NOW! – Hickman & Opena’s AVENGERS Covers Revealed!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the jaw dropping covers to Avengers #1, Avengers #2 & Avengers #3 by superstar artist Dustin Weaver! This December, the most popular heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team, twice a month – only in Avengers! From the blockbuster creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena, the Avengers “go large,” expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call – who will answer?

Each issue of Avengers includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Additionally, each issue of Avengers features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

Big threats, big ideas, big idealism – these are the Avengers NOW!

This December, Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena redefine what it means to be Earth’s Mightiest in Avengers #1!

For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW.

AVENGERS #1

AVENGERS #2

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art by JEROME OPENA

Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

ON SALE DECEMBER 2012!

Marvel Comics First Look: Captain Marvel #3 — August 1, 2012

Marvel Comics First Look: Captain Marvel #3

Story By: KELLY SUE DECONNICK

Art By: DEXTER SOY

Cover By: ED MCGUINNESS

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release Date: 29th August 2012


Marvel is proud to present your first look at Captain Marvel #3 brought to you by the red-hot creative team of writer Kelly DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy! Carol Danvers, the all-new Captain Marvel, finds herself caught up in a firefight with the mysterious Prowlers! But how is this group connected to the secret NASA training program known only as Mercury 13? The stakes are high and the action even higher in Captain Marvel #3, soaring into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.
SDCC 2012: Guardians of the Galaxy Art and Marvel Logos — July 15, 2012

SDCC 2012: Guardians of the Galaxy Art and Marvel Logos

At its Hall H panel at Saturday’s San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Marvel Studios announced two upcoming films in its cinematic movie universe: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which will be released August 1st, 2014, and Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN. Test footage for ANT-MAN was shown, as well as logos for both films and artwork for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, by Charlie Wen.

In addition to these announcements, the titles and logos have been revealed for three Marvel sequels, IRON MAN 3 (in theaters May 3rd, 2013), THOR: THE DARK WORLD (November 8th, 2013), and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (April 4th, 2014).

Keep checking this site for further details about these projects and more.