On December 11th 1990, Marvel Comics published New Mutants #98 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, which introduced the world to a mercenary in a bright red costume, by the name of Deadpool. Over time, Deadpool would transform from the grim gun-for-hire he was introduced as, to one of the most recognizable characters in all of superhero comics, thanks to his quick mouth and his liberal disregard for the conventions of the genre.
The current run of Deadpool --- which stretches back into the previous volume --- has been one of the smartest, most sophisticated takes on one of Marvel's most juvenile characters. Over the course of over sixty issues, Gerry Duggan and crew have infused Deadpool with a level of complexity that the character had been missing for decades.
Recently, Wade Wilson has been pulled in all directions by the Avengers, the Mercs For Money, his burgeoning relationship with his daughter Ellie, and his failing marriage with Shilkah, Queen of Monster Metropolis. In the most recent issue by Duggan, Mike Hawthorne, Terry Pallot and Jordie Bellaire, Deadpool #17 one of those bonds snapped, and a classic Marvel hero paid the price. Spoilers follow.
For 2000 AD, this year's Free Comic Book Day wasn't just going to be a platform to get their comics into the hands of new readers, it was going to mark the debut of legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle on their flagship character, Judge Dredd. Unfortunately, Breyfogle stuffered a stroke in December, leaving the left-handed artist partially paralyzed on his left side and facing massive bills for medical care and therapy.
With Breyfogle unable to draw the story, Mike Hawthorne stepped in as the artist of "Judge Dredd: In Through The Out Door," and today, Hawthorne announced that he has arranged for a portion of his fee to be donated to Breyfogle to help with his recovery.
The death of Deadpool has been a long time coming. He's a popular character, and nothing says "popular" like a specially renumbered epic death event. Also, Marvel's sales head David Gabriel already told ComicBook.com months ago that Marvel was planning to kill off the character (or "a character with the word Dead in his name", but we didn't think it was going to be Dead Girl again), so the writing was on the wall for ol' Wade Wilson.
Now Marvel has confirmed to Nerdist that Deadpool will meet his end in Deadpool #250 (actually Deadpool #45) in April, in an issue that places the mercenary with a mouthcenary in a final confrontation with the jaunty beret-wearing goons of Ultimatum. The issue will be the last in the current series.
In what's just the latest example of the comics community's ceaseless generosity when it comes to people in need, former Marvel art director and current Disney designer Rich Ginter and Marvel's Sales & Communications Coordinator James Viscardi have organized an art auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Of...
As you may have hear, we here at ComicsAlliance were somewhat less than pleased with Catwoman #1. Fortunately for us, there are people out there working tirelessly to make things better. That's why today, we're reaffirming our faith in the noble art of comics by spotlighting a few noble souls who did their best to fix that last page, including Mike Hawthorne, Ron Salas, Chip Zdarsky and our own Matt Wilson...
Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been fans of the Comic Twart blog since day one, and this week, the best online art jam on the web celebrates its official one year anniversary!
As you can see by Evan "Doc" Shaner's anniversary piece above, the site has seen a gang of incredible artists teaming up to pick one character or theme to draw every week, from Zorro to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, with everything from Archie to Batman to Futurama in between...