"Deadpool and the Dirty Dozen."
That's writer Cullen Bunn's pitch for his new mini-series Deadpool and the Mercs For Money.
“Deadpool and the Mercs for Money is The Dirty Dozen and The Expendables if Deadpool was in charge instead of Lee Marvin or Sylvester Stallone,” Bunn told IGN. “It's Saving Private Ryan if, instead of rescuing a soldier, they were trying to make a metric ton of cash. It's Smokey and the Bandit, but rather than being pursued by Buford T. Justice, our heroes are harried by the likes of Lord Deathstrike and the Crazy Gang and Taskmaster and Deadpool's sorta undead nemesis, Evil Deadpool."
Deadpool and the Mercs For Money will spin out of the ongoing Deadpool series, with Wade Wilson assembling a team of ne'er-do-wells and miscreants for a particular mission. Bunn will write the series, with art from Salva Espin.
“In Deadpool, we've learned that Wade has recruited a bunch of mercenaries to work for him," Bunn explained. "In this series, we see that team working together on a pretty wild mission, one that puts them in the crosshairs of dozens of the Marvel Universe's deadliest assassins, cutthroats, and murderers--both established and new characters who will stop at nothing to kill Deadpool and his crew. The Mercs For Money have found what might be the most valuable artifact in the universe, and everybody wants it--from crime lords to alien menaces to demonic entities.”
“This series spins right out of the main Deadpool book and the shenanigans Gerry Duggan is perpetrating over there,” he continued. “We've seen Deadpool hiring guys like Foolkiller, Terror, and Slapstick to run missions for him. This story focuses on that team in the thick of it and interacting with many Marvel characters. It just so happens that most of these characters want them dead. It's a pretty action-packed story, and we'll see the Mercs working together in a number of different locales and scenarios. You're going to see a lot of Merc Vs. Merc action here, sometimes featuring our heroes battling villains, sometimes with villains wanting to kill each other. We've got fan-favorite villains as well as some you haven't seen in a long while. We're also introducing some new characters who I think will play a role in the Marvel Universe for a while to come.”
DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 (of 5)
Cullen Bunn (w) • Salvador Espin (a)
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY MIKE HAWTHORNE
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY TBA
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
Deadpool might be an Avenger now, but he’s also got his own private team of mercenaries...the legally-cleared-to-be-called MERCS FOR MONEY! Got a problem you can’t solve on your own and a pile of money you’d like to be rid of? Just call Deadpool, Stingray, Massacre, Solo, Foolkiller, Terror and Slapstick and watch as that problem is shot, stabbed, eviscerated, pulverized and generally made bloody!