DEADPOOL Flips the Manuscript with Classics KILLUSTRATED

First, The Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn guided Deadpool in killing the Marvel Universe in the aptly titled Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe miniseries. Not content with murdering one crop of fictional characters, Bunn's darker version of Wade Wilson is now targeting figures from classic literature, including Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula and Little Women, in a four-issue series starting in January called Deadpool Killustrated (sort of like Classics Illustrated, but with more Deadpool and more killing). Newsarama talked with Bunn amd series editor Jordan D. White to learn more about the story and the "Ideaverse."


Newsarama: Cullen, certainly Deadpool Killustrated sounds like an unconventional project. Though it seems at least partly a way to keep the Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe energy going, what can you say about how the story came to be?

Cullen Bunn: I started considering the possibilities for a follow-up to Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe somewhere along the lines, either while I was writing the final issues of the series or while I was watching artwork roll in. It wasn’t something I brought up to my editor, Jordan D. White, though. I thought we’d need to see what the response to the book was first. But initial orders for the first series were strong, and Jordan reached out to see if I had any thoughts on another series. We tossed some ideas back and forth, but it was the idea of Deadpool killing off the icons of classic literature that we believed would take readers by surprise. Some of the scenes I imagined early on, though, still appear in this series.

Nrama: How did you pick which stories to place Deadpool in (other than presumably being restricted to books in the public domain)? And how much fun was it to meld classic literature with Marvel?

Bunn: And here’s just one of the ways I think this book will go against what folks are expecting. Deadpool Killustrated is a direct sequel to Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.

At the end of the first series, Deadpool had entered the Nexus of All Realities and started killing off various versions of Marvel characters. He went so far as killing off the most handsome of creators… me… in hopes of cutting reality off at its roots. What we find, though, is that the multiverse isn’t so easy to kill. Even when he killed me (after what I can only assume was a terrible battle), he was only killing one version of me. The actual “creators” have seeded the multiverse with those decoys for just such an occasion.

So… Deadpool has been killing and killing and killing… and he’s exhausted.

That’s when he makes an interesting discovery — the Ideaverse — and develops an entirely new mad scheme.

Nrama: So these stories all exist in the same fictional multiverse?

Bunn: Yes! All of the classic characters Deadpool encounters exist in a “pocket multiverse” called the Ideaverse. In this universe, all the stories of classic literature are playing out. Deadpool believes that this is a kind of “foundation” universe that serves as an inspirational nexus for all the Marvel characters. He thinks that if he kills these classic characters, he will kill the very inspiration that led to the development of the Marvel Universe. For example… Captain Ahab from Moby Dick? Well, he could very well be the inspiration for “Thunderbolt” Ross. By killing one, Deadpool ensures that the other ceases to exist.

See? It’s a plan only someone as insane as Deadpool could hatch!

Nrama: And beyond Deadpool, are there any other Marvel characters involved in the series? Will fans finally see the Hulk/Jo from Little Women face-off that they've been clamoring for?

Bunn: There are other Marvel characters involved in the series, but their involvement will not be what anyone… including Deadpool… is expecting. In the end, the series will focus on Deadpool’s interactions (and by interactions I mean bloody mutilation of) these classic literary figures.

Nrama: You've said that the Deadpool you wrote in Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe was a very different version of the character, for you, than what you were used to. Is your take on the character in Deadpool Killustrated along the same lines as that book, or again a departure?

Bunn: This is the same Deadpool from the first series. Hmm. Maybe I need a new name for him. Is there a “Dreadpool” yet?

He’s off his rocker. He’s a mass murderer who thinks he’s doing the right thing. He believes he’s freeing the people of the multiverse from the endless curse and cycle of continuity. He’s a dark reflection of the Deadpool we know and love. If anything, his sanity has frayed a little more since he started his quest. In the first few pages of the first issue, you’ll see just how shattered his mind has become.

Nrama: Final question: Is there an artist for the series yet?

Jordan D. White: Yes! We’re happy to be working with Matteo Lolli on the series. Most of Matteo’s work with Marvel up to this point has been in our All Ages titles, but we are excited to bring him into the dark and corrupted world of slaughtering beloved icons. Don’t be fooled — he’s got a twisted side, and we’re bringing it out of him!

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