Warning! Spoilers for Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #2 by Marvel Comics below
In one of Deadpool’s most meta stories ever, Wade Wilson was just ripped apart by the Hulk. However, the scene didn’t actually happen, as the Merc with a Mouth was spitballing with Daniel Warren Johnson on what adventure he’d like to be a part of as he was on deadline for writing the story. In Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #2, dancing is chosen over death.
Deadpool is pretty much immortal, meaning he doesn’t die very often, if at all, thanks to his healing factor. In the antihero’s adventures, Deadpool’s been impaled by a boat, turned into a cape, ripped in half by both Thor and Luke Cage at the same time, eaten by zombies, and stabbed with a chainsaw sword. However, despite being torn to pieces and ripped apart, Deadpool has beaten death on multiple occasions, as it’s practically impossible to take him down for good – even if he’s put his healing factor to frequent extreme tests. Deadpool is a survivor, much to the chagrin of those he annoys.
In the story “Pool of Death” by Daniel Warren Johnson and VC’s Joe Sabino from this week’s Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #2, Deadpool spitballs stories with the actual Daniel Warren Johnson. First, the comic creator writes an action-packed page of Deadpool taking on Wolverine, but Wade Wilson tells him the two’s fights are “way overdone.” He tells Johnson people need something new, and despite being on a hard deadline, the writer/artist suggests fighting the Hulk. The page shows the Jade Giant ripping Deadpool’s legs and head from his body as his spine stretches back to his torso. It’s disgusting and amazing.
Deadpool isn’t a fan of another versus battle, and Johnson suggests a team-up with Cable against cyber ninjas. However, Deadpool continues to push him for something new and less violent, leading Johnson to write a story about Wilson entering a swing dancing competition with Dazzler to save the universe. Deadpool finds the story amazing, but Johnson admits he’s stuck with the story, leading to him to reveal the first time he met the character – as his dead bought him a Deadpool comic (while ripping out the “bloody pages). The short story ends with Deadpool and Johnson sitting across from a young Johnson, as he draws Deadpool.
Daniel Warren Johnson is a master at his craft, and this meta story mixes his trademark action, vibrance, and heartfelt storytelling together in a beautiful way. While Deadpool might not be thrilled with Johnson’s earlier attempts at telling a story via versus matches, it’s hard to deny seeing Hulk rip Wilson apart isn’t spectacular. Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #2 is in comic book stores now.