Tales from the Backlists: 11/14
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This week, break out the Katanas and arm your pouches to the teeth, cause we’re prepping you for Deadpool’s upcoming new ongoing with the morally murky mercenary’s first ever series! Yes, we’re dusting off our early 90s stacks with Deadpool: The Circle Chase (1993) by Fabian Nicieza and Joe Madureira!
After a memorable first appearance and spattering of cameos in Cable’s X-Force, Wade Wilson gets his leading man credit in this all-guns-in, arms race.
Here’s the set up. 2,000-year-old time traveler and adopted son of Cable Tyler Dayspring, (AKA weapons dealer “Mister Tolliver”, AKA “Genesis”), is believed dead following a helicopter crash. “Tolliver’s Will”, a bequeathment of billions with the added bonus of an “Ultimate Super Weapon”, is up for grabs. Every X-themed merc or cyborg from Black Tom Cassidy, Juggernaut… to uh, Commcast, slash and slice their competition as part of Tolliver’s “to the victors go the spoils” arrangement. And naturally, Deadpool’s in the pot.
Amid blazing splash pages, monastic melees and remarkable sound effects…
We’re treated to a quickly paced free-for-all that quickly dissolves into a more personal mission for Wade Wilson. See, following her reveal as a doppelgänger Domino and subsequent dismissal from X-Force, Copycat, Deadpool’s “it’s complicated” colleague, has also caught wind of Tolliver’s game and may be afoot in Sarajevo. So, the Mouthy One isn’t just after Tolliver’s bounty, he also wants to save/possibly kill(?) his ex! But Weapon X Super-Agent Kane butts in to tell Wade it’s “straight talk o’clock”…
After a delightfully trope-y “we were allies all along” kerfuffle, Kane and Deadpool cast aside their cyber weapons to focus on what’s truly important…
The other “bionic punks” that are not only out to claim Tolliver’s weapon of the future…
But possibly the life of Deadpool’s love, Copycat.
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