Deadpool #1The cover shows a mercenary shooting a Godzilla-style monster in the mouth, while said monster is trying to eat a bunch of cats. Yup, this could only possibly be the cover to Deadpool #1, the new start from Marvel NOW! Featuring the writing team of comedians Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and art from Tony Moore, the Merc with the Mouth is being positioned once more as a major player in the Marvel Universe. The team spoke with IGN.com about how they'll be handling Deadpool. While they come from comedic backgrounds, the writers are approaching this book more out of their love for comics and their love for story. Duggan told IGN, "Deadpool has always occupied that space of action and comedy that doesn't exist elsewhere in comics. I think that's why he resonated with us," and Posehn added, "Deadpool is really the only game in town where you can do both things that we enjoy doing – tell an action story but also have the main character be a smart-ass." The duo worked together on a mini-series called The Last Christmas for Image Comics, where they learned that important story first rule. "I've seen some of the reaction to the teaser has been wary of comedy. Yes, Brian is obviously a very visible comedian. But we're really approaching this as a Marvel book. This is a big action story that hopefully has some laughs as you're turning the page and is something that you're going to look at extra long," said Duggan, before going on to praise Tony Moore's art. As for the story? It will feature Deadpool on a mission for S.H.I.E.L.D., marking the second book (after Indestructible Hulk) to feature a heavy presence from the superspy organization. It will also feature something that only Deadpool could pull off: Zombie Presidents. Moore, known for his zombie action, assures fans that while the story may sound utterly nuts, the focus will still zoom in on character and story. In an interview with Marvel.com, Duggan went further into the story, saying, "It starts with a man who has decided that America has a lot of problems that can only be fixed by bringing back our former leaders, our great American Presidents. But that’s not how it works out. Once they’re back, they have a completely different idea of what they need to do and what the country needs. It’s a distasteful job having to send our presidents back, but Deadpool is up for the job and is suited for it. They’re not equal in terms of their planning, but in their own way they have returned corrupted. We think it’s going to be a very fun first story that leads to other funny stories." "Besides the absurd premise that they've got, they also have some really great character moments in there that get inside everybody's heads pretty quickly so you can have some emotional stakes with these guys," said Moore. "They're really telling some good stuff." Moore continued to Marvel.com, " Every time I read a script it’s full of jokes and scenarios that I have to ask myself “How on Earth did this get through? On what planet is this a scenario that Marvel Comics said ‘Yes, print that in one of our comic books!’?” It’s funnier than it has a right to be; it has some brutal humor and some really big great action stuff mixed in. I don’t know how to describe it because it’s so far beyond the stuff that’s been put into these books." Deadpool has a slightly tweaked look, and will still have voices in his head, though this time they may have a deeper meaning, keeping with that whole crazy dead presidents theme. "And then the voices in his head, you'll see, are a little more organic. There's a reason for them – not that there wasn't before, but in ours, he gets a head injury in the first book," explains Posehn. "Somebody talks to him, but it's not his voice. How should I say this? One of the founding fathers comes in to help him. We don't know in the beginning if he's hallucinating or if it's part of his break with sanity or if this guy is really with him." Familiar friends of Deadpool like his old pal Cable may show up "down the road," said Duggan, but the initial arc will deal more with establishing some new background characters at S.H.I.E.L.D. and having Deadpool interact with some famous Marvel Heroes he doesn't usually, including a guy who "uses a lot of “ye's” and has a funny hat." The team does plan to stick around, and is planning way ahead of the first five-issue arc. Duggan wrapped by saying, "It's been fun. I don't know how far ahead we are now, but we're several arcs even off of the one that Tony is currently drawing. It's going to be a long, fun run, hopefully." More Marvel NOW!
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