Joe Kelly Leaves Deadpool!
This month I'm interuppting what would usaully be happening
(I was going to do an article on Deadpool vs. Spider-man) becuase
the news has recently come through that Joe Kelly is leaving Deadpool
as of issue 33!
Kelly has recently announced that he is leaving the writing chores
of Deadpool as of issue 33. Which is really a great shock, when
you consider that during the recent cancellation scares Kelly kept
saying he'd be writing Deadpool as long as his could. If you want
to read the official word then drop in at Your
Man At Marvel. But, the story basically goes like this: due
to the cancellation scares, plus Joe's work commitments, Joe feels
that he isn't having as much fun with Deadpool anymore, and rather
than let it deteriate further, he's decided to get out while the
going's good. A recent editor change on the book and Joe's interest
in doing creator owned work were probably also contributing factors.
But, I don't want to dwell on this too much, I'd rather give a tribute
to Joe's excellent work on Deadpool.
Kelly's love of and dedication to Deadpool as a book and a character
were evident from the start of his run. While he'd written some
okay stuff on Daredevil, he really shined on Deadpool. His mixture
of humour with character driven plots (okay there were a few humour
driven plots) have entertained comic fans and lead to Deadpool gaining
a cult following (meaning there may not be as many DP fans as say,
X-Men fans, but boy are we dedicated). The fact that Kelly had a
plan for Deadpool and a story to tell from issue number one was
impressive and made the book very rewarding if you joined on at
My personal highlight of Joe Kelly's run would have to be issues
#14-19, which delved into Deadpool's past revealing events that
lead Deadpool to being the man he is today. During this run Deadpool
was faced with Ajax. Ajax, in my mind, was a great villain and definitely
the best villain that Joe Kelly created. And eagerly awaited each
issue, staking out the local store until it arrived. Another, great
thing about this run was that it contained a classic 'merc hangout,
where Deadpool tags along with Bullseye for one of his missions.
While this probably wasn't the funniest issue, it was definitely
up there with issue 11, 27 and others.
But, besides these great moments I think the greatest thing that
Joe Kelly did with Deadpool was making him a living, breathing individual.
He's not just a 2 dimensional character, he's not just the wacked
out, fast talking merc that I first knew. He's something more now.
I don't come back and read Deadpool each month, because I'm sucked
in by the flashy cover and the advertising gimmicks, but because
I know I will read about Deadpool in those books, laugh myself silly,
be entertained and possibly even think more deeply about life and
myself as I reflect on what Deadpool's gone through.
it's the end of an era for Deadpool. Christphor Priest is taking
over (of Black Panther fame and Quantum and Woody before that) and
seems to have a few good ideas. I just hope he does better work
than his short run on the latest Kazar series.