Deadpool is known as the Merc With A Mouth -- but what if his mouth was a duckbill?
You'll find out in the 2017 five-issue miniseries Deadpool the Duck. Announced during New York Comic Con, Marvel's latest mash-up idea mixes Wade Wilson with Howard the Duck - Marvel's top two humor characters - in one body.
Moore, who edited Steve Gerber's final Howard the Duck story and has written both Deadpool and Howard before, writes this series, with Jacopo Camagni illustrating and David Nakayama providing covers.
Moore talked to Newsarama over the weekend about Deadpool the Duck, what kind of math it takes to put these two together, and also wading past the gimmick to get to the story - which the writer says is essentially "about watching things blow up."
Nrama: Stuart, let's start right at it. The title is "Deadpool the Duck" - so Wade + Howard? How does this all work?
Stuart Moore: Basically, Deadpool and Howard find themselves forced together, combined into one hybrid body. This body has all of Wade’s muscle memory and fighting skills, but the proportional strength of…well, a duck. Let’s just say they both have to make some compromises, which isn’t Deadpool’s strong suit.
Nrama: You edited Steve Gerber’s final Howard the Duck miniseries in 2002, and have some select work on Deadpool. What's it like melding these two together?
Moore: I wrote Howard in a Spider-Man team-up special in 2010, as well. I love Howard; he’s one of those characters whose voice is always running around in the back of my brain. He’s angry at all the right things, he’s an over-thinker, and in his own strange way he’s one of the most grounded characters in the Marvel Universe.
Putting the two personalities together was the best part of this project. Howard and Deadpool are probably Marvel’s foremost humor characters, but their styles of humor are miles apart. Howard, again, is an angry character, a bit lost, who uses sarcasm to cope with a half-mad world. Deadpool’s much more violent, but paradoxically he’s also happier. He can adapt to almost any situation, and he’s perfectly comfortable fighting his way out of whatever box he finds himself in.
Nrama: So how does this series come about?
Moore: That would be telling, but it involves satellites, teleporters, Roxxon, and a different kind of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent than you’ve seen before.
Nrama: Who else is in this story?
Moore: The plot revolves around a pretty thoroughly wrecked Rocket Raccoon. Howard and Rocket have history together; Deadpool just admires the gloss of his coat. So they have different reasons for helping him. #Motivation
Nrama: Marvel has published many mash-ups with Deadpool - Gwenpool, and a new Deadpool/Venom being the most recent. Why do you think he's so apt for these kind of mash-ups?
Moore: Again, you can drop Wade into almost any kind of story. Zombies, westerns, sci-fi. What you end up with is an ironic take on whatever genre you’re playing with. In this case, Wade’s and Howard’s approaches to dealing with problems are 180 degrees apart. But maybe, just maybe, they can learn a little bit from each other. And maybe maybe, just maybe maybe maybe, the reader might learn a little lesson too. Then wouldn’t the world be a tiny bit better place for us all?
Just kidding. It’s all about watching things blow up.
Nrama: For this you're working with Jacopo Camagni, who shared space with you in Secret Wars TOO! but I believe this is your first time working together. I know it's early on, but what's it like being paired with Jacopo?
Moore: Oh god, Jacopo is amazing. His action scenes are like fast-cut Hong Kong action films, and his facial expressions are funny as hell. He understood the hybrid nature of the character immediately - basically, Deadpool the Duck is the little guy with the smirk that you do not want to mess with. There’s a scene at the start of issue #3 that starts off as fast action, turns to satire, and then ends up kind of poignant - and Jacopo just killed it. Every beat comes across perfectly.
Nrama: Big picture, what should fans look forward to with Deadpool the Duck?
Moore: The series sounds like a gimmick, but it’s really driven by these two characters. It’s like one of those reality shows where they lock up a bunch of people who hate each other in a house, and then film them hating each other. Except there’s only two people, and one of them isn’t a people but a duck, and the other one isn’t really a people either because he’s a dangerous homicidal mutant. And they’re not in a house, they’re in a little duck body. Am I making sense? Am I selling this at all? This microphone's defective!
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