The challenge from Andy Schmidt a few months ago: “We don’t ever do this, but I saw X-Men the other night, so let’s do a short story featuring an established character that portrays that character accurately. The challenge is in getting the character “right.”
So I flailed with this topic a bit. As someone entering into comics relatively late in life, I don’t know actually know that many characters especially those of the superhero variety. So when one of my Comics Experience comrades suggested Deadpool I jumped at it. Now here’s a character I know almost nothing about, but thanks to the Marvel Digital Database of unlimited comics I was able to more or less get up to speed. As everyone in world except myself apparently knows, Deadpool is one twisted, messed up guy! (Yes, I spent the last 15 years under a rock.)
On Christmas Eve the masked mercenary Deadpool gets a series of visits from his inglorious past.
For those who don’t know… the “Merc with a Mouth” Deadpool, formerly known as Wade Wilson, is a wise-cracking but highly skilled assassin. He was the subject of a Weapon X program which created a rapid healing ability and cured Wade Wilson’s terminal cancer, but disfigured him in the process. He wears a mask physically and emotionally, to hide his appearance and his insecurities. His abilities are enhanced by an array of cool gadgetry like a teleporter.
With his ability he can regenerate limbs like a starfish, but he still feels pain with each injury which fuels a streak of masochism and adds to his mental instability. While he jokes most of the time, he is subject to angst, hallucinations, multiple voices.
Despite a history of occasional sadism and extreme violence, much like Spike the vampire in the Buffy series, Deadpool has a deeply buried moral code from the remnants of his Wade Wilson pre-transformation personality, that manifests itself in high stakes situations like saving the world.
PAGE ONE- FOUR PANELS
Deadpool is imprisoned in a bleak cell, sitting slumped against the wall with his head bowed.
1. Deadpool: ‘Tis the season…
Same panel and position.
2. Deadpool: …to be jolly.
Same position but Deadpool puts his head in his arms.
Deadpool looks up, cocking his head.
3. Blind Al (OP): Wade?
PAGE TWO- FOUR PANELS
Standing in the cell is the ghostly apparition of Blind Al, his former companion and prisoner — a small, skinny elderly woman with white hair and large black shades. Deadpool starts to get up, in disbelief, from the floor where he was sitting.
1. Deadpool: Wh– is this another one of my hallucinations?
2. Deadpool: Blind Al? My ol’ roommate from hell?
3. Al: What, you were expecting someone else? A non-existent girlfriend?
4. Deadpool: I thought you were-
Blind Al is now closer to Deadpool who is standing up now scratching his head with one hand, and looking down on the shorter woman.
5. Al: I’m here talking to you, aren’t I? Miss my cooking?
6. Deadpool: Uh, is this another one of your crazy pranks? What do you want?
7. Al: Besides slipping laxatives into your food? Believe me it’s tempting. But no, this time I’m on a mission of mercy…
Closeup of Deadpool.
8. Al (OP): …to save your shriveled little soul before it’s too late.
PAGE THREE-FIVE PANELS
Blind Al and Deadpool stand in the foreground of the panel looking at a flashback scene. This could be staged like Mystery Science Theater 3000 where you just see their black silhouettes against the screen.
The panel is a black and white scene as if from a ’50s TV show like “Leave it To Beaver.” Wade’s mom in a dress and apron smiles at a neatly dressed seven year old boy wearing a Deadpool mask playing with a set of trains and other toys. There is a partial shadowy glimpse of Wade’s dad smoking a pipe in the foreground. A huge expensively decorated tree is surrounded by large presents in the living room.
1. Al: Let me show you something.
2. Deadpool: Cool prezzies!
3. Al: Right. That’s the childhood you wish you had.
Almost identical in composition except the scene is from the ’80s and now in color. The apartment is shabby and sparsely furnished. Wade’s mom is lying pathetically drunk and disheveled on the couch with empty bottles scattered about. The tree is a small cheap artificial tabletop one. There is no dad and there are no heaping presents. The boy with the Deadpool mask is wearring a grubby T-shirt and jeans and is splaying but with a Wolverine and Hulk action figure. Wolverine is on the ground and Hulk is smashing into him.
4. Al: This is your real childhood.
5. Deadpool: Hey, look! It’s my favorite action figures. I loved them.
Night scene of a teenage Wade packing a rucksack.
6. Al: You know your mom was a wreck after your dad left. But you ran away to join the army.
Flashback of his first love, Vanessa Carlyle crying and arguing with an 18 year old Wade Wilson in military uniform.
7. Al: You left your first love, Vanessa, too.
Closeup of Deadpool and Al
8. Deadpool: I don’t like where you are going here. Look I just found out I had terminal cancer. I couldn’t do that to her. I was looking for solutions.
9. Al: Bullshit. You are an emotional coward. Cancer you can handle. You couldn’t deal with the relationship.
PAGE FOUR – FOUR PANELS
Flashback to Wade Wilson as he is experimented on and transformed to his current disfigured form in the Weapon X lab.
1. Al: See? you found a cure at the Weapon X lab. You could always have gone back to Vanessa.
2. Deadpool: Looking like that? Look Al, what is the point of all this?
3. Al: Deadpool, all I’m doing is trying to get you to face up to reality, and the selfish little bastard you’ve become.
4. Deadpool: Evil witch, what are you talking about?
Flashback of Blind Al sitting in the “Box”, a room in Deadpool’s attic with various sharp blades jutting out of the walls and floor and other nasty looking torture devices.
1. Blind Al: Remember when you put me in the Box?
2. Deadpool: You asked for it. No one trespasses into my crib. You betrayed me.
Same scene but with a close up of Al facing Deadpool and thrusting her finger at his nose, while his head tilts back.
Al: You sick weirdo. Betrayed you? All I did was let your old copal Weasel in for a little company. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be your prisoner all those years? with only your ridiculous yammering?
Close up now of Al almost on top of Deadpool and in his face.
Al: You know who your worst enemy is? YOU.
PAGE FIVE- SIX PANELS
They are back in the cell and the apparition of Blind Al has changed into Siryn, a fetching red haired Irish woman in a sleek superhero outfit. She is looking gently down on him. Deadpool is on his knees looking up.
1. Siryn: Dear Wade.
2. Deadpool: Siryn? Where did Al go?
The Siryn apparition has taken both of Deadpool’s hands.
1. Siryn: Al? I am here to talk with you Wade. About how life could be. It’s not just about you. You need to care about the people around you.
2. Deadpool: I do. I c-c-care about you.
3. They both watch an imaginary scene of both of them enjoying a picnic in regular clothes, laughing.
4. Siryn: Really? Why couldn’t you have said that to me before?
5. Deadpool: I thought you deserved better.
6. Siryn: How do you know what I want?
The scene has changed to a picture of Deadpool as an old man wearing a Deadpool mask in pajamas sitting on a couch by himself.
7. Siryn: I just don’t want to see you become this.
Close up of Siryn with her face close to Deadpool’s as if she were going to kiss him.
Same scene but Siryn has vanished.
PAGE SIX – FOUR PANELS
A crowd of familiar faces including Wade’s mother, Siryn, Vanessa, Al, and a few other women from the past now fills the cell with Deadpool cowering in the corner like a little boy.
The cell door is open revealing three large shadowy henchmen types. They don’t see the apparitions at all. Deadpool is reaching out feebly with one arm to the apparitions.
1. Deadpool: Wait…
Two henchmen have a drooping Deadpool by the arms and are dragging him out the door.
2. Deadpool: I’m, I’m..
The cell is now empty with the door open.
3. Deadpool (OP) in small type: …sorry.
PAGE SEVEN- FOUR PANELS
Deadpool is lying expressionless and bound to a table in the Weapon X style lab with tubes attached all over him and various torturous implements scattered about. His costume is crumpled on the floor. Garrison Kane, his cyborg archenemy is gleefully standing over him with a Santa hat askew. A busty female assistant is wearing a tiny lab outfit and an elf hat is standing beside Kane. The shadowy henchmen are in the back to the side.
1. Kane: Merry Christmas, Deadpool.
2. Assistant: Hohoho.
Close up of Deadpool’s face. His eyes are closed and he looks defeated.
Same closeup but Deadpool’s eyes are open and he is starting to smile.
3. Kane (OP): What’s so funny?
Pull back to show Deadpool is looking up straight at the ceiling where a tile has been removed to expose the real Vanessa (CopyCat) and Theresa (Siryn) are getting ready to rescue Deadpool.
4. Deadpool: Don we now our GAYYY apparel…
5. Deadpool: Merry Christmas to you, too, Kane.