Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1“The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms.”—Kurt Vonnegut
And Deadpool is one charming little firecracker, isn’t he? He’s so charming that he’s getting a secondly monthly title: Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth. Written by novelist and Punisher writer Victor Gischler and drawn by Bong Dazo, Merc with a Mouth provides fans of the insanely popular, insanely insane mercenary with another outlet for madcap violence and witty repartee. And you know Deadpool, he’s got mouths to feed…
Yes, plural—it seems that Deadpool has a new sidekick in Merc with a Mouth for the start of his new monthly: his own zombified head. In a surreal twist, Deadpool’s new book ties into the events of Marvel Zombies 4—and somehow he’s acquired his zombie-virus-infected head from another universe. So now the question remains: Are two heads better than one?
Newsarama contacted Victor Gischler to talk about the launch of Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth.
Newsarama: Victor, let's talk about the starting premise of Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth—you're going to need to help me out with this...but Deadpool is teaming up with …Deadpool?
Victor Gischler: Deadpool teams up with his own head. And the head is where the mouth is, right? So you get double the wisecracks and double the banter. It’s really a win-win situation all around. Of course, zombie heads can get cranky. Try to bite your parts. So ya gotta take the bad with the good.
NRAMA: Will Deadpool's zombified head be a regular character in the series? Or is he going to be spinning out into his own book?
VG: Hmmmmm . A title for Zombie Head? Not sure I know anything about that. And the rumors that he’s going to have his own column in The New Yorker? Totally false. The rumor that he’s dating Lindsay Lohan? Now that might be true.
NRAMA: How did you get involved with this new series?
VG: That’s simple. Axel Alonso tapped me on the shoulder and said we should start batting round ideas for Deadpool. So we batted the hell out of those ideas, made them cry for mercy. Also, I think in a few of my novels (such as Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse) I was able to show my skills combining action with edgy, quirky humor. So we thought I might be a good fit for another Deadpool book.
NRAMA: What sort of new insight do you want to bring to this character who is content in his insanity?
VG: He’s insane? What? Wait a minute. All of his actions seem very rational to me!
NRAMA: Not good, not good (laughs). Well then, what sorts of challenges will Wade Wilson face early on in the series?
VG: Well, he’ll try to kill people, but they’ll try to stop him. And people will try to kill him. This happens A lot. Also creatures will try to eat him, and pretty girls will make him go huminahuminahuminahumina…
So he has all that to deal with. It makes for a full day. I think what most of us would consider “challenges” Deadpool thinks of as “business as usual.”
NRAMA: Are you going to be using 'Pool-o-Vision' similar to the way Daniel Way has?
VG: Yes. I’m going to try not to go overboard with it … but it’s just so damn fun.
NRAMA: Who is Dr. Betty? Does Deadpool need a love interest? Or would you be too worried for her to keep her as a recurring character?
VG: Dr. Betty will be around for at least a few issues. Deadpool can handle a pack of rabid ninjas a lot better than he can handle a pretty face. It’s interesting and fun to toss these complication at Wade. Also, every issue of every comic book needs at least one pretty girl in it. That’s a federal law, I think.
NRAMA: What's it like working with Bong Dazo? What element does he bring to the book that really sends out your message?
VG: I’ve said this before, but it needs to be said again. Bong is an effing genius. I’ll try to imagine the scene in my head, and I’ll think it’s pretty good. Then Bong comes along and comes up with something ten times better than what I had in mind. Bong’s the real star.
NRAMA: Are there any other characters in the Marvel Universe that you're really champing at the bit to write?
VG: I’ve been trying to get Axel to let me do a Tigra arc for Max. I’ll keep working on it. Ha-Ha. Daredevil has always been a favorite. I’m game for most anything.
NRAMA: What are your plans for the summer? Cons? Writing? Reading? Movies? And when does your next novel(s) come out?
VG: I have a crime novel called The Deputy hitting stores in August, and in September a novel called Vampire A Go-Go … a sort of parody of horror tropes and DaVinci Code type novels. I was invited to ArmadilloCon in Austin and am looking forward to that. Some screenplay projects I’d like to try too. Pretty damn busy now that I think of it.
NRAMA: Finally Victor, how much of a departure is writing a book like Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth when you've been in the skeleton-filled skull of Frank Castle?
VG: It is a departure, but a departure I like. I always feel more creative when I can mix it up a bit. And smartass Wade Wilson is the perfect way for mixing it up.
Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1 is due in stores in July, and includes a reprint of ‘Pool’s first appearance from New Mutants #98.