Funnybook Babylon

October 8, 2009

FBBP #115 – Deadpool for President

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:50 pm

For nearly twenty years, Deadpool has been a cult favorite Marvel character, beloved on the Internet for his scan-ready quips and pop culture references. But lately — whether it’s because his increased presence in movies and video games, change in market demographics, or just some sort of Yellow Word Balloon Zeitgeist — he’s a bonafide fan favorite, with a third ongoing series forthcoming and his current two series outselling the likes of Superman and Wolverine.

What’s the secret? Is Deadpool embracing Change Fans Believe In? We took a look at Daniel Way’s recent run on the core Deadpool and tried to unlock the code. Also addressed: is this comic good?


  1. Interesting takes on Deadpool here, guys. I agree with pretty much everything said. While I do enjoy the character, and I do think the fourth wall thing can work in a funny way, Marvel has really taken him too far in terms of wacky craziness, and most jokes are too childish to be appreciated by the main comic buying population.

    With that said, I did enjoy the latest issue, 16, a lot more, with the whole joining the X-Men arc.

    But yeah, if they toned down the inner dialogues and took away the silly jokes, Deadpool would be pretty sweet. Plus, he’s one of those characters that doesn’t really need his own book, he fits best as a sidekick (see current Spider-Man in Avengers).

    Comment by euthanatos — October 9, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  2. I always thought the Kelly version was the best Deadpool. Kelly knew how to balance his pathos with the comedy. When Deadpool was funny, eveyone else was the straightman. When Deadpool was serious, people around him were serious or slightly funny to cheer him up. It was more like Giffen’s JLA than Giffen’s Lobo.

    As far as the fourth-wall breaking, that really worked well only in the Cable/Deadpool stories where the first page was the “introduction” with Deadpool breaking the fourth wall, then it went back to the story.

    What I think Way is lacking is just discipline with his comedy writing. He’s not consistent.

    Comment by gary — October 10, 2009 @ 11:38 pm

  3. My first regular exposure to Deadpool as a leading character was when I started getting Cable/Deadpool around Civil War. Up to that point the Deadpool I knew as an occasional guest star in the x-books was just annoying, so I was surprised to find him genuinely funny as written by Nicieza. I have only read a couple issues of the new launch but it is very clear that Daniel Way’s sense of humor is non-existent, so Deadpool is just back to being annoying. I’ll be interested to hear how the Van Lente take goes though, because that man knows his funny.

    Comment by Justin B. — October 11, 2009 @ 1:16 am

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