Writer Fabian Nicieza
Penciler Staz Johnson
Inker Klaus Janson
Letterer Dave Sharpe
Cover Dated September 2006
A slight preview of my few Civil War tie-ins that I own that I’ll be reviewing in May. This is the Cable & Deadpool tie-in issue to the big event of 2006.
Fun recap of the American Civil War. Marvel’s Civil War gets recapped with one sentence, that the New Warriors caused an explosion at a school in Stamford and now heroes are fighting each other. Deadpool mentions how Spider-Man’s identity became known and how that will screw with his continuity for years. I feel like they are still dealing with the fallout of that, in a way.
Deadpool is Pro-Registration. His job, during the Civil War, is to get others to register – by fighting them, of course.
Deadpool decides to go after the Great Lakes Champions (at this point in time). Deadpool is using his first person narration boxes but the GLC can hear him, which confuses him. Present are Mister Immortal, Big Bertha, Flatman and Doorman. Flatman is proud how they won the poker game, to earn the right to use the Champions name.
Deadpool beheads Mister Immortal. Big Bertha brings Deadpool inside her folds, which he likes. Which disgusts her, as she doesn’t care for chubby chasers. She’s not happy with people finding her skinny form attractive or her plus size form – so I’m not sure what she wants. People to like her for herself, which is a reasonable request.
Before he lost his head, Mister Immortal tries to explain to Deadpool, that they have registered already.
Deadpool is about to lose this fight and sets a concussion grenade off. Squirrel Girl shows up and hands him a decisive victory – in classic Squirrel Girl fashion.
A fun moment with the police, who don’t know what to do as the Great Lakes Champions have never brought anyone to the Milwaukee Police Station before. They don’t have protocols in place, not even jokingly.
Deadpool quickly tries to explain that he shouldn’t be processed – like criminal scum. He was trying to get the GLC to register. The caption informs the merc with a mouth that the heroes are already registered. As soon as the Superhuman Registration Act was passed, the team were first in line to sign.
Mister Immortal, while Deadpool is feeling pretty down, tries to make things worst. Pointing out how Deadpool isn’t either an X-Man or a mutant. Deadpool jokes about how he could know that, unless he owns the trading card set. This embarrasses Mister Immortal, as he does own the trading card set. I had a few of those Fleer cards myself.
New Number Ones –
Annihilation 1 of 8
Heroes for Hire 1
Agents of Atlas 1 of 6
Claws 1 of 3
New Arcs –
Sensational Spider-Man 29
Black Panther 19
Mister Immortal tries to make it less embarrassing, stating that the cards are not in mylar or anything. He likes to flip the cards. Deadpool uses that comment to state how he would like to flip Shadowcat – hence why I own this issue.
Squirrel Girl, who I really enjoy, protects Kitty’s reputation and tells him to shut his evil mouth! Good for you, Doreen!
Agent Hafner, with the Commission of Superhuman Activities. He sort of brags about how his jurisdiction covers – Wisconsin (where they are now), Minnesota and the Dakotas. This forces Deadpool to comment about how busy Hafner must be.
Hafner enlists Deadpool to track down non-registered heroes.
Manhattan, Eleven Hours Later. Cable confronts Deadpool, they are now on opposite sides of the war. I do like Cable joking with Deadpool that his singing is going to get him kicked off of American Idol – I imagine that is the reality show Cable is referencing.
This catches Deadpool by surprised, he was given a list but he has lost it. He found it and doesn’t want to fight Captain America or Luke Cage. Well, he’s willing to fight Cage, if he wears his classic yellow silk shirt. I didn’t even know those shirts were silk! So soft and smooth!
Deadpool scans the list for any big-chested women, but is happy to see that the nimble Young Avengers are on the list. A tad odd that the list is on paper and not on a screen, of some sort. I imagine, those are the hard noes that will not be registering and are fully on Cap’s side.
I do like how polite the two’s disagreement with the sides are. They are not going to actually fight each other so they make quips and continue their way. Though Deadpool is under the impression that Cable is just above this fight so he isn’t on any side.
Cable is meeting with Captain America, to offer asylum on Cable’s island country of Providence. Or was it a giant ship? Maybe a combination? I believe I recall it flew at some point. I do like Cable and Captain America chatting, the two have so much in common. Soldiers from different eras, and all that.
Cable is trying to explain the big picture to Cap. Cap is thinking in terms of months and years but Cable is talking about how this is merely the groundwork for decades and centuries. Superhumans will be used as a military force, which the Initiative was sort of used for. Cable also mentions how he is the President Pro Tem of Rumekistan, which I do remember that. This title was pretty great, while it was coming out. Then that whole Cable dying in Second Coming sort of forced this title to become a Deadpool Team-Up book, which was fun in its own way.
Cap and Cable exchange some dry humor. Cable repeats that Cap will lose and renews his offer. He’s willing to give Cap a promotion. Captain America jokes about being “Captain World” but Cable was thinking more along the lines of “Captain Overview.” These two are pretty old.
Deadpool was watching this entire scene. He knew whose side Cable would fall on. Deadpool has decided to take on Daredevil. Now he has to figure out how to get to Long Island.
Long Island, morning. He stole a taxi. He thinks his narration boxes are working again but a lady on the street informs him that he is talking aloud.
Deadpool and Daredevil have a fun four page fight. Lots of red on these pages.
There is a full page ad for the Ultimate Clone Saga, starting in Ultimate Spider-Man 97, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley.
Deadpool and Daredevil do get to trade their philosophy about what registration means to them, which is nice.
In the next issue, if I remember correctly, Deadpool realizes that this Daredevil is really Danny Rand – Iron Fist! The second to last page of the issue, is a repeat (on purpose) of a previous issue’s fight with the two of them, but with Iron Fist proper. It is a very clever artist hint. Deadpool is starting to realize it but is kicked in the head before he can reveal it out loud. So he is Danny Rand, pretending to be Daredevil, pretending to be a civil engineer as Captain America hooked his main allies with secret secret identities. Cable hinted that these secret identities were already known, before they were taken on, by Iron Man’s side.
I believe that readers of Daredevil’s own title or even Civil War proper, would have known about the whole Iron Fist as Daredevil reveal.
Deadpool comes to and says everyone’s secret cover identities as he sees – Captain America, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Hulkling, Wiccan, Hercules and Black Goliath. Deadpool, in another fun moment, states how the Young Avengers are nubile. Goes as far to say that Hulking and Wiccan are looking especially nubile.
Deadpool realizes that, with a Sweet Chrstmas, (another fine hint), that he is about to get a wuppin’!
The Next Issue caption tag states – Deadpool gets a Whuppin’! so it is officially going to happen! Such a fun issue!
Dear Deadpool, letters from – Tammy Suto of Rayland, Ohio / Jason / Joshua Shepard / Dannyboy / Fans from Utopia Comics in Holt, Michigan. I do like Deadpool answering the questions.
Next Issue, Deadpool informs us – I take on more renegade heroes and face off against my own pal, Cable! Whose butt will be kicked first? Find out int he second of three Civil War issues, penciled by Snazzy Staz Johnson, inked by Klaus “in da house” Janson and with a cover by Ace Amanda Connor!
It is a pretty good arc, if you ever want to track it down.