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Deadpool the Duck: Best of Both Worlds

Stuart Moore breaks down what to expect from the half-mercenary half-duck phenomenon!

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Here’s a recipe for a zesty meal that the whole family will enjoy—it’s called “Piscine morte avec canard.” Also known as Deadpool the Duck.

Ingredients include: one misanthropic duck, one un-showered killing machine. Directions: mix one half duck with one half mercenary, watch as the ingredients do everything they can to separate from each other. Grease a muffin pan.

On February 8, the story of this merc-bird blend continues with DEADPOOL THE DUCK #3! The third in a limited five issue run finds Deadpool the Duck continuing a mission to get out of the red leather duck suit and back into their own bodies.

We tracked down series writer Stuart Moore to learn about the heroes trapped in a body they never made—or wanted!

Marvel.com: When two characters are combined, certain aspects of each are going to emerge over others. Which of Wade’s characteristics do you feel are most apparent in this amalgamation?

Stuart Moore: He’s got the energy, the drive, the boundless enthusiasm. Maybe too much enthusiasm. One of the things I love about Deadpool is that he’s up for anything; he loves to throw himself into new situations.

Marvel.com: And which of Howard’s characteristics?

Stuart Moore: Howard’s much more cautious, more cynical, more likely to say, “Yes, we could jump out of this spaceship into the upper atmosphere, but should we?” Some of that comes from not having powers and some of it comes from being an outsider on our world. But mostly it’s just the way he is.

Deadpool the Duck #3 cover

Deadpool the Duck #3 cover

Marvel.com: With a combo of these two, a few things are likely guaranteed: quick wit, a bit of cynicism, outsider status; what would you say they have most in common?

Stuart Moore: They’re both loyal to their friends and they share a fairly cynical view of humanity. But that’s about all.

Marvel.com: How are they most different? Aside from species.

Stuart Moore: This sounds weird for a barely sane assassin, but Deadpool is a much happier character. His form of humor is different, too; much more physical, more hyperactive, and crazy. Howard is a thinker, a verbal jester. He cuts people down with words; Wade does it with swords and guns. And a few words.

Marvel.com: How is Deadpool the Duck approaching this adventure? Headfirst into the action like Wade or doing his best to avoid it like Howard?

Stuart Moore: If they want to be separated again—and Howard in particular really, really wants to be separated from Wade—then they can’t avoid the action. But this is not an easy partnership. There are some twists and turns as they struggle for control of their adorable little shared body.

Marvel.com: What do you think these two weirdos, in their separate states, might be able to learn from each other?

Stuart Moore: I’m not sure about learn, but Deadpool has a very direct way of solving problems that might be appealing to Howard. We all wish we could just kill people once in a while, right? Right? Just me?

And as for Wade, I’m not sure he ever really learns anything. That’s another thing I love about him.

Catch DEADPOOL THE DUCK #3, by Stuart Moore and artist Jacopo Camagni, on February 8!