How Deadpool’s bromance with Spider-Man in their shared Marvel comic book series highlights the moral dilemmas inherent in the super-hero genre when two heroes with diametrically opposite moral codes develop a partnership and fight the good fight.
Deadpool and Spider-Man. Buddies for life; Bros against Bad Guys, The Ultimate Team-Up. At least, that is likely how Deadpool would see their unique relationship. Spidey, though, would likely have a different view of their now ongoing partnership.
Spider-Man, the web-slinging hero who has a tendency to talk a lot during fights, tends to irritate some of the more “serious” heroes, such as Wolverine. Deadpool, who talks a lot at all times, also tends to irritate pretty much everyone, including Spidey. That is really where the similarities end. Morally, they are total opposites, with Spidey seeing his powers as a great responsibility, while Deadpool has the responsibility and conscience of a chimichanga.
So, of course, Marvel decided to team them up back in 2016, which turns out to be a great idea. One of the great parts of this series is the conversations they have about power, responsibility, and why it is not a good idea (according to Spidey), to blow away bad guys. Throughout the Spider-Man/Deadpool series, we see the development of a true friendship between these two very different people. As their relationship deepens (and if you can ignore Wade’s constant attempts to create sexual tension with Spidey), we see that Wade and Pete’s morals start to rub off on one another. Deadpool stops killing villains as a hobby, (even saving Mysterio’s life in an early issue), while Spider-Man struggles with the perceived need to kill their new mutual foe, Itsy-Bitsy.
With moral guidance at one point from the mutant priest Nightcrawler (always good for moral direction), Spider-Man struggles over what to do about a homicidal foe that he feels cannot be stopped except though killing her. Deadpool, who normally has no problem with bloodshed, shows true concern and compassion for his friend (who he would like to share benefits with), and fears for Spidey’s future if Itsy-Bitsy is killed by the Web-Slinger.
Without going into spoiler territory in case you have not yet read Spider-Man/Deadpool #17 and 18, let’s just say, that the moral aspects of the unique friendship between Wade and Peter end up saving them both, and highlights what Deadpool will do to protect a friend.
As a series built on the facade of witty repartee and bromance jokes, the Spider-Man/Deadpool series provides a valuable examination of moral choices and how true friendship both changes and protects those in that relationship
Fantastic Four #74-Great cosmic art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott. This amazing cover shows the world-eater, Galactus, looking on as his former herald, The Silver Surfer, in the space above Earth attempt to intercept and the original Punisher (the green guy). This Punisher first appeared as Galactus’s robotic bruiser in Fantastic Four #49, where he battled against the First Family of Marvel. Punisher’s second appearance came in Fantastic Four #74, in 1968, where he (it?) battles the Silver Surfer.
Notice that the FF are not on the cover of their own book? Lots of Kirby Krackle in the empty spaces too.
Fantastic Four #74-Cover, with Galactus, Silver Surfer, and Punisher
Published: January 10, 2018 Rating: Rated T+ Writer: Ed Brisson Penciler: Jon Malin Cover Artist: Jon Malin
Cable #157 features the THE NEWER MUTANTS Part 4. EXTERNALS RISING! story arc. As described by Marvel.com, “in the hunt for the EXTERNALS killer, a blast from CABLE’S past is revealed! Have Cable and the New Mutants walked straight into the killer’s trap? And what is BLINK’s role in all of this? Whose side is she really on?”
This Cable comic book features X-23 (new Wolverine), Doop, and other mutants following Cable’s lead.
Domino, the mutant with the power to have luck turn her way, will be getting her own title in April, and th her writer is none other than the great Gail Simone!
Domino #1 Cover
For those not familiar with Domino yet, she is a mutant mercenary who often ends up working with guys like Cable and Deadpool. Her first appearance was in New Mutants #98 in 1991, but that appearance was late retconned as Domino being impersonated by the mutant Copycat (also a sometime lover of Deadpool), and her current canon first appearance was in X-Force #8, in 1992.
Domino is also appearing in the upcoming Deadpool 2 movie, and she is played by actress Zazie Beets.
Domino #1 debuts on April 11, 2018, penned by writer Gail Simone (who relaunched a very popular Batgirl series a few years ago), and who has a knack for doing great work with strong female comic characters. The cover artists for Domino’s first issue is Greg Land and Frank D’Armata.
Any fan of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl television show probably knows that she can sing! As a former cast member of Glee, she clearly has the pipes to be called a professional singer, and, of course, a kick-ass Kryptonian actress.
When Benoist is not singing duets with Grant Gustin of The Flash, she can be found singing for…Minecraft…?
“Recently Benoist was tapped to help promote the upcoming MineCon, the annual Minecraft convention hosted by developers Mojang. In the video, the actress sings and moves through the digital game world as it showcases an upcoming graphics update.“
“For those who aren’t familiar with Minecraft, it’s basically a sandbox game that allows players to build just about anything using a variety of cubes. From there you can explore the world, gather resources, craft objects and battle other players.“
This is, of course, cool, just as long as Melissa Benoist remembers to put the cape back on and fight bad guys in National City.