Apparently the kids like Deadpool
Because Marvel's doing a "Deadpool variant" cover on almost all their books, for no apparent reason other than to feature Deadpool. Oh, and I guess sell a bunch of extra comics.
For what it's worth, the crasher squirrel cover is one of the few that I find to be funny, but maybe that's my geeky Internets meme appreciation side talking.
I mean, if you're going to do variant covers (which I'm no fan of), I guess it's at least cool that they're having some fun with it. But Deadpool? Really? A Rob Liefeld character is still this popular?
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Dude, Deadpool is the best character EVAR!
Seriously, I think an awful lot of it is a generational thing. I didn't read comics much at all in the 90s so that is a lost decade for me, but I gather that's when Deadpool really arrived on the scene. So now, 15 or so years later, you have a bunch of fanboys with jobs, disposable income, stunted imaginations and a permanent attachment to spandex boobsocks so they gravitate to the stuff they loved when they were 15. Deadpool. X-Force (which is back, and bloodier and more Wolverine-y than ever!) Even the Image art style is coming back with a vengeance.
Plus word on the street is Deadpool's got a movie comin' out in a few years.
You're right, Matt. The generational thing is big. Sort of like when a whole generation of comic readers grew up with the "new" Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, and didn't much know or care about the Hal Jordan version. Then another decade went by and the "old guard" got nostalgic for their GL.
Not that any of it is "bad", per se. You need change to keep these characters interesting to audiences 40 or 50 years after they were introduced. Otherwise, you might as well pack it in. Plus, what are superhero comics if not soap operas for boys/guys?
Still, I can't believe the most sccessful new comic book character of our lifetime is a Rob Liefeld creation. Sheesh.
I think sometimes we, and I include myself in this, get too caught up in the whole bad or good binary. As if it's either one or the other. I think that's a mistake. You're right, Deadpool or Image or spandex boobsocks aren't bad per se, but there are better soap operas for boys / guys out there. And there are worse. Although I think Deadpool generally falls down near the lower end of the spectrum. At least what I've read. "Oh! He's a meta character! He's breaking the fourth wall! He's talking TO THE READER! ***GASP! JIZZ!***"
I don't have a lot of experience with Deadpool, although I have a few Christopher Priest issues that were fun.
One day while working at CVS I took a shipment from a UPS guy who commented on my superhero necktie. He told me he had a bunch of Spider-Man books from back in the early days of Venom and Carnage (we're talking early 1990's here). "Y'know, the classics," he said to me.
Meta character? Breaking the 4th wall? Didn't these people read Byrne's She-Hulk?
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