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Deadpool joins Marvel’s Fresh Start relaunch with Deadpool #1

From Skottie Young and Nic Klein

The cover of Deadpool #1, Marvel Comics, 2018. Nic Klein/Marvel Comics
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Marvel’s Fresh Start relaunch has already rolled out brand new creative teams and new #1 issues for heavy hitters like the Avengers, Thor, Hulk and Captain America — but what about the stranger corners of the Marvel Universe?

Yes, what about Deadpool?

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, Polygon can reveal that the Merc With the Mouth is getting his own minty fresh start with Deadpool #1, the beginning of a new series written by Skottie Young and drawn by Nic Klein.

You might know Skottie Young best for his art — particularly his distinctive renderings of Marvel characters as child-like figures — perhaps even his A-Babies vs. X-Babies tie in issue or his recent run on Rocket Raccoon.

Child versions of the Avengers and the X-Men on the cover of A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1, Marvel Comics, 2012.
The cover of A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1.
Skottie Young/Marvel Comics

But Rocket Raccoon was just a step on the way.

“Before I pitched Rocket Raccoon back in 2013, I tried to get Deadpool. haha,” Young wrote to Polygon, “But he was spoken for so I said ‘well, i can kind of have a similar vibe for Rocket, just cleaned up a bit.’ So my head was already in that place.”

That place is a Deadpool book that’s “Fast paced, big and humorous,” Young continued. “I like to write stories that move fast and keep you on the ride. And I like to try and make you laugh while someone his getting their arm broken or head exploded. hahaha. Similar to my run on Rocket, I like doing shorter stories and have threads that weave in and out.”

The humor inherent in a character like Deadpool — and his history of breaking the comic book fourth wall — appeals to Young, and to artist Nic Klein.

“Visually - besides the over the top-of-it-all business, I like the Deadpool specific things (his theatric monologues and breaking the 4th wall stuff),” Klein wrote to Polygon. “Experimenting with pacing / specific camera shots/angles to get comedic effect are also fun things that I hope to get to do. We’re just having fun doing it and I think it shows and will rub off on the readers.”

Deadpool #1 will hit stands on June 6. Here’s the official solicit from Marvel, and a look at the full cover.

Skottie Young and Nic Klein bring you the craziest tales of the regeneratin’ degenerate yet! It’s been a while since Deadpool’s had to merc to make ends meet, but things are tough all over. WhileDeadpool tries to get his humble mercenary-for-hire business back off the ground, a catastrophic threat so unfathomably huge, so mind-breakingly cataclysmic it defies description, is heading towards Earth, and there’s only ONE PERSON WHO CAN STOP IT!!!

Oh no, wait, it’s…it’s not Wade, is it?

Oh, ☠☠☠☠. It’s Wade.

The cover of Deadpool #1, Marvel Comics, 2018. Nic Klein/Marvel Comics

Update: A previous version of this post listed the book’s release date as May 2.