Does Deadpool Die? Deadpool #45 (AKA #250) Comic Book
As with the recent Death of
Wolverine, the much-advertised "Death of Deadpool" has been foretold
for a few months now, so letting on that he dies is not a spoiler.
But just how does a virtually unkillable loon like Wade Wilson die,
anyway? This review will go over that, as well as comments on the
plot, dialogue, and art.
In case you are not
familiar with Deadpool and are curious as a result of all the
Deadpool movie news and hype, here is the short version of the
history of Deadpool.
Deadpool #45 (AKA #250
Wade Wilson is/was a
mercenary who was caught up in experiments conducted by the Weapon X
Program. Given a healing factor that lets him heal from literally any
injury (very similar to Wolverine's healing factor), he is basically
immortal. But so is the cancer that was already attacking his body.
With the cancer and his body both possessing a healing factor, he is
thus constantly in pain, and his skin is disfigured and mottled. He
is literally insane, with numerous conversations going on in his head
as different parts of his mind converse with each other. He is often
unable to discern reality from the crazy stuff in his mind, and he
has the unique ability among comic book characters to, at times,
realize that he is actually just a comic book character. This ability
to break the "fourth wall," as it is called, lets Deadpool actually
talk to the reader, and at times interact with his artists and
Though a murdering
mercenary, Deadpool is technically one of the good guys, as he only
kills those that "need killing," and often teams up with other, more
typical heroes to save the day. Because Deadpool is crazy,
unpredictable, and sometimes smells (he loves chimichangas, burritos,
and tacos), most regular heroes at best tolerate him, and at worst,
drive him away.
Wade has issues, but he
also has recently (in the current Deadpool series), acquired a very
unique support network. He discovered he has a daughter, Ellie, whom
he loves very much. He has friends, such as SHIELD agents Preston and
Adsit, and on the supernatural/superhero side, he has become friends
with the Ghost of Ben Franklin (no, really!), and a Necromancer named
Michael. He also recently became married, to a succubus, Shiklah,
Queen of the Undead and Ruler of the Monster Underground. For a guy
like Wade Wilson, this is as normal a family as he is likely to
So, how does he die? We
will get to that in a minute...NOTE: There are Deadpool Spoilers down
Deadpool #45 vs.
In the lead-up to this
"death issue," Wade has undergone some emotional turmoil. He has
contemplated using an old enemy's formula to wipe his memory
(thinking that would end his depression and pain), and in a battle
with another Weapon X subject, Omega Red, he said that if anyone
could actually kill, him, Omega Red's powers may have been able to do
so. All these thoughts were clever droppings of possible Deadpool
deaths by the great writing team of Duggan and Posehn, as they led us
to the much-publicized Deadpool #45. This issue also, by the way, is
referred to as Deadpool #250, as this is supposedly the 250th issue
if one counts all the prior Deadpool comic books and series dating
back to the 1990s.
Following his recent
adventure in the Middle East with Omega Red, Paste-Pot Pete (AKA
Trapster), and Roxxon Oil, Wade is worried that his family is in
danger. And they are, because the evil terrorist organization called
ULTIMATUM is plotting revenge on Wade.
Though the ULTIMATUM attack
on his friends and family fails, Deadpool decides to end both
ULTIMATUM and himself. Plotting and planning, which are not normally
strong suites for our Merc with a Mouth, he draws the bad guys to an
isolated area and literally unleashes a war upon them. Following his
very bloody victory, Wade Wilson brings an end to Deadpool...Really
MAJOR SPOILERS HERE...
...by literally hanging up
his mask, putting down his katanas, and retiring with his family to a
stolen yacht and deciding to live just as Wade, and not as Deadpool.
Clever misdirection by Duggan and Posehn, eh? But wait, what is that
in the sky? OH, NO! It is the Intrusion from the Marvel Multiverse
that the Avengers were supposed to deal with (Wade says). As an
alternate Earth smashes into Wade's Earth, everyone dies. That's it.
Wade Wilson, the man known as Deadpool, dies. And so does his whole
family, and, we presume, everyone else on Earth.
Now, we know that Marvel is
doing something crazy with this Intrusion/Multiverse event, and we
will see more of that later this Spring in the new Secret Wars major
crossover event. But for now, Deadpool is dead. 'Nuff
But, before we go, we need
to finish the actual review...the art, by Mike Hawthorne is great,
and Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn' writing is, as usual, superb. All
the little foreshadowing tricks in past issues really misdirected the
reader from figuring out how Deadpool dies. Very well thought out!
And, that is not all. This is a giant-sized Deadpool comic, priced at
$9.99, and the second half of the book is made up of six mini-stories
collectively referred to as "Deadpool's Pals 'N' Gals." These six
tales examine Shiklah, Agent Preston, Evan Sabahnur, Agent Adsit, Ben
Franklin, and Michael the Necromancer. We will review those stories
in our next installment at Historyguy.com/comicshistory.