Today at C2E2, Marvel Comics announced that Deadpool #13 will be a special, four-issue crossover in a single issue.
What does that mean? It means that Deadpool, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron fist are coming together for a quadruple sized issue that will be like two issues of Deadpool, an issue of Daredevil, and an issue of Power Man and Iron Fist all in one package.
The issue also brings together the writers of all 3 series – Deadpool’s Gerry Duggan, Daredevil’s Charles Soule, and Power Man & Iron Fist’s David F. Walker. ComicBook.com spoke to all three writers, along with Jordan D. White, about the unique crossover event. Read on to see what they had to say, and check out Francisco Herrera’s cover for the issue at the bottom of the page.
Releasing four issues as one issue is certainly a different way to go about doing a crossover. Can you explain exactly what that means and why you decided to go that route?
DFW: I’m kind of the new guy at Marvel, and no one really tells me anything. But I think it’s because this story is kind of awesome, and there was some concern the fans just wouldn’t be able to wait.
GD: We'd been borrowing Luke, Danny and Matt for years. It felt like it would be fun to make it official. Plus, I've been reading the new PDFs as they go to print and what David and Charles have been cooking up with their collaborators is so much fun. Taking our inspiration from Deadpool, we showed up uninvited onto their schedules.
What can you tell me about the crossover's story? What threat is so big that it unites Deadpool, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist?
DFW: Think of it like the threat that brought the Magnificent Seven together, but since there's only four in this story, it's not quite as big of a threat.
GD: There's a lot of ins and outs and whathaveyous on this one. The story begins with Ben Urich trying to make sense of it. It's like a car crash on some train tracks at the intersection of organized crime, corrupt bankers, hired guns, and super heroes.
How does the crossover fit into the ongoing stories in each of your series? What kind of buildup will there be, and what kind of aftermath? Or is this more of a standalone story?
CS: I don't know about my esteemed colleagues, but I'm trying to write my chapter so it's fun and satisfying on its own as well as fitting into the larger story of this crossover. For me, this story is a side-step from the main tale I'm telling in the Daredevil series, but it's very much part of the ongoing world Ron Garney and I have been building. For instance, Matt's current job as an Assistant District Attorney plays a pretty big role in the story. Mostly, it's fun. Man, is it ever fun.
GD: I think it will be accessible as a one-off, but for Deadpool it will actually touch on a raw nerve. One of his darkest chapters will return to the front burner courtesy of an as of yet unnamed villains. That's all we want to say about that. But I promise - it will have lots of laughs.
DFW: If the fans respond positively to seeing Power Man and Iron Fist with Deadpool, he could show up in their book. But for the sake of this particular story, I’m treating it like a standalone that fits within the larger continuity.
Deadpool has assembled his Mercs for Money team, a concept that doesn't seem too far removed from Power Man and Iron Fists's old Heroes for Hire. How will this be addressed in the crossover?
GD: Deadpool thought he was a part of heroes for hire years ago when he misunderstood their personal ad, thinking Luke and Danny were hiring heroes. They more or less put up with him, and those issues laid the tracks for V3: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly. At least Luke, Danny & Wade aren't facing off against "The White Man" again. In our current volume Deadpool not only swiped their business model, but their name. Only a successful challenge from Luke spared the name "Heroes for Hire" from being fully co-opted by Deadpool. The name Mercs for Money was quickly slapped together when Luke served him with a cease and desist. I'm really looking forward to what Charles and David write, their contributions on the outline is hilarious. Really wonderful, funny action in new and exotic locations. It's usually the artists that make me look good. Now it's these gents. Once again, I'm lucky in collaborators.
DFW: I don’t want to go so far as to say that Power Man and Iron Fist don’t really like Deadpool, but let’s say that there are personality conflicts. We’ll get a sense of the extent of these conflicts when they cross paths.
This will be the first time we've seen Daredevil interacting with his fellow street level heroes in a big way since Secret Wars and the big changes in his status quo. What should we expect from his relationship and interactions with Danny, and Luke? And what about Deadpool, who is someone he was less familiar with even before Secret Wars?
DFW: Under normal circumstances, Luke and Danny are usually happy to see Daredevil. Of course, seeing Deadpool can sour their mood, so we’ll have to see how they respond to Daredevil.
CS: Well, I'm absolutely loving writing Deadpool again - it's been too long. Last time I got to work with Mr. Wade was back in Wolverines #13, and before that it was since the end of my Thunderbolts series, so it's great to get back into his bizarre head again. Daredevil and Deadpool have a very particular series of interactions in my chapter related to their power sets - I think they both might just learn a little something about each other... and themselves. It's pretty much a Very Special Episode, and I expect that it will become mandatory reading in elementary schools across the country before too long.
Deadpool #13 goes on sale this June.