Leave it to Deadpool to find a new approach to crossovers.
In June, Deadpool #13 will collect four crossover issues in one oversized comic book, Marvel announced at C2E2. Included will be two issues of Deadpool by writer Gerry Duggan, an issue of Daredevil by Charles Soule, and an issue of Power Man and Iron Fist by David Walker — all within the pages of Deadpool #13.
The brainchild of Deadpool editor Jordan D. White, the single-issue crossover will tell the story of what happens when Deadpool seeks some help with his latest gig by recruiting some familiar names from the Marvel U.
Newsarama talked with the editor to find out more about the approach, why it makes sense for Deadpool, and whether the movie has affected the Merc with a Mouth's comic books.
Newsarama: Jordan, wow, there's a lot packed into one little crossover issue. Or I guess it's not little though…
Jordan D. White: One big crossover issue!
Nrama: As the editor, why not publish four issues? Why all packed into one?
White: Because we like to play with the medium as much as we can. Deadpool is a book that we can have some fun with it.
We've done a few of these giant-sized Deadpool issues and with each of them, we try to do something different and exciting.
The first one I did was his wedding issue, which was all stories about him getting married.
The second one we did was his death issue, and in addition to the main story, where he died, we had solo stories about all the weird friends and characters we'd introduced over the series.
And then the most recent one we did had solo stories about all the mercs he hired to be part of his crew.
When the idea came up to do another one, we were like, well, what can we do that's fresh and exciting? And I said, well, hold on, the amount of content we do is four issues. Why don't we just do a four-issue crossover? And the thing that really sold it was the idea that we'd get the creators of those other series to come in.
Nrama: So did you approach the other creators about it?
White: Well, first I talked to Gerry about the idea of doing the crossover. And I said, "What if we do a Deadpool crossover, and we find two other books." And he said, "Here's two books I think would be great to cross over with."
Then we reached out to Charles Soule and to David Walker and to the editors of those books, and they all thought it was a cool idea too.
Nrama: So they're all collaborating on the four issues to make it one story?
White: Yep. When we reached out to them, they were very excited by the idea. They both love the series they're working on, and the idea of, hey, let's do another issue, they were like, great! I have way more stories to tell.
And the writers are having a blast working together on a really fun story. The fact that they get to read each others' work and then go, ha ha, that's hilarious. And then read the next chapter. It's super fun.
Nrama: One of the things that works well for Deadpool when he interacts with other Marvel characters, particularly the ones that are more serious, is that they kind of play the straight man. I assume that's happening with Daredevil especially?
White: Oh sure. I'm trying to think how often I've seen Deadpool and Daredevil interact. It's not often. They have interacted a few times, but it doesn't come up a lot.
Their interactions in the issue that Charles wrote are pretty hilarious.
I mean, one of the things about Deadpool is, Deadpool is funny, but he's also really annoying. And it's a lot of fun to watch him annoy people. And he works really hard at annoying Matt Murdock.
And he's interacted with Power Man and Iron Fist a little more than that in our Deadpool series. We did an issue awhile ago where, back in the '70s, he believed he was a member of Heroes for Hire, even though they kept telling him he was not. So they have a little more history with him in a recent Deadpool story, which is fun to play off of.
Nrama: You talked about this being just another oversized issue for Deadpool. But are there benefits to having the whole crossover in one issue?
White: Well, it's neat and weird. Hopefully all the Deadpool readers will read it, since it's an issue of Deadpool. But if you're a Daredevil reader, this is sort of like a Point-One issue of Daredevil slipped into a Deadpool issue, and the same for Power Man and Iron Fist.
It's by the same writer as the issues you're used to reading — it's not the same art team, obviously, because they couldn't take the time off their main book to do that — but it's the same writer, and it's trying to capture that same spirit of the book that they do. But in a Deadpool issue.
Nrama: Do you feel like it's something that could happen again? A crossover between several series, all in one issue?
White: I certainly hope so. I don't want to do it too much in Deadpool. If this works, I want to tell other editors to try it. Like, "Hey, Spider-Man, throw one of these in there. Hey, Captain America, do an issue like this! It's great! An all-in-one crossover."
It's a lot of fun and it's super worth it. And I hope the fans will be into it too. I hope they'll check it out and go, yeah, that's a satisfying way to be able to pick up a full, giant story all at once.
Nrama: What's the effect of the movie on the Deadpool comic books?
White: Realistically, it doesn't have that much of an effect. I've been working on Deadpool for years now, and so has our main writer, Gerry Duggan. And so has most of our mini-series writers, like Cullen Bunn and others. So we all have a pretty good feel for Deadpool. And we're really, really thankful that we thought the movie was great, and that they did such a good job with him. And they struck such a similar tone in the movie as the comics we do.
So we're really happy that the movie went so well, and we're hopeful that it will bring more readers to the comic shops and it'll lead them to check out all the work we're doing with him.
I mean, obviously, the story they based it on was an older Deadpool story, but I think he's still pretty much that same essential character — an oddly sensitive character who hides it under his humor (and who we like to torture for the amusement of fans!).