Writer Cullen Bunn
Artist Dalibor Talajic
Colorist Lee Loughridge
Letterer VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artist Kaare Andrews
Cover Dated October 2012
In the same vein of Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (a one shot I have to rebuy one of these days), comes this miniseries. I only read this issue, as this is the X-Men issue.
Here is what happened in the previous two issues. Deadpool has already killed – The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Avengers and the Hulk. Taskmaster has been hired to stop Deadpool, who is feeling compelled to keep murdering heroes.
Taskmaster is following the path of destruction that Deadpool has left. Taskmaster comes across several of Multiple Man’s bodies, a beheaded Green Goblin and have caused Power Pack’s ship to crash. The death of Power Pack spurs Taskmaster to make sure Deadpool dies for this. I’m sure that makes Brian Perillo happy.
We catch up with Deadpool, who is currently torturing Xavier, who is sitting in front of thirty television sets. Deadpool stabs Xavier in the leg, forcing him to summon his X-Men with his classic “to me, my X-Men.” To they come, as why wouldn’t they?
Cyclops is leading Emma Frost, Cannonball and Pixie – when he gets a red glob thrown at his head. Cyclops, foolishly, tries to blast it off his face and his entire head explodes. It was worth a shot, I suppose. Emma, Sam and Pixie die in the fallout.
We get hints that Deapdool is killing everybody, as he knows they are all fictional characters.
Next up is Colossus, Gambit and Rogue – so one of these should be getting a great death. Colossus is trying to hold up a falling door when the floor electrocutes the three of them. That was a twist!
Xavier tries to read or control Deadpool’s mind but he’s never really been able to, in the past.
Deadpool decides to let Xavier in on the secret. In issue one, I imagine, Psycho Man messed with Deadpool’s head. Deadpool has known he’s been breaking the fourth wall but he finally realizes what is beyond the fourth way.
Xavier is done with the madness and shuts down Deadpool’s head, well tries to, anyway as whatever he saw, kills him.
Deadpool is disappointed in Xavier’s easy death. He checks in on Magneto, who is dead inside jellified acid.
Finally, is Kitty Pryde. Here we go. That isn’t a bad costume design, pretty much her classic outfit with a stylish red headband.
Deadpool couldn’t quite figure out how to kill Kitty so he contains her, and she’ll probably starve in there. I like to think, that after this issue – she makes it out and is sad about what she finds, outside of her cage.
Wolverine is still running around, Deadpool thought he killed him already. Wolverine runs into Arcade, who is crying about the use of his MurderWorld. Wolverine straight kills Arcade, for his involvement.
Wolverine enters another room. He sees X23 and Daken, dangling from wires. Deadpool informs Wolverine that the computer is set up, so whenever their healing factors kick in, flamethrowers turn on.
We get another Deadpool v Wolverine fight. Deadpool is armed with a carbonadium blade, so Wolverine’s wounds are going to stick. Deadpool explains to Wolverine that it isn’t his healing factor that keeps Wolverine coming back. It is his popularity.
There is a two page ad for Hickman’s two-part crossover involving The Wizard. Fantastic Four 610 (art by Stegman) and FF 22 (art by Dragotta). Something to do with Bad Father / Worse Son.
Meanwhile, over at 177A Bleecker Street. Taskmaster is inside Doctor Strange’s home. He isn’t impressed with the detour. Doctor Strange has been killed but clearly Deadpool was looking for something, as books are thrown in every direction. Even upside down!
Issue ends with what Deadpool was looking for, the directions to . . . the Nexus of All Realities! Next issue is going to have Man-Thing, ya’ll!
There is a full page ad for Punisher 16, Prepare for the War Zone by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto.
Also next issue, Punisher gets Punished!
Not that many X-Men actually die in this issue, Ten for sure, and three more eventually and maybe four if Kitty doesn’t make it out.