Exclusive: Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti to Write Marvel’s DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL This September
By Dan Casey on June 5, 2014
Oh, Deadpool, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Actually, I’m not much for math, and I doubt the Merc with a Mouth is either. Instead, let’s celebrate all things Deadpool with the Galactus-sized exclusive announcement that, this September, Marvel is unleashing Deadpool Bi-Annual #1, a 40-page behemoth of a book that pairs the hilarious Aliens vs. Parker writing duo of Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti with artist Salva Espin. Hired by a SeaWorld-esque water park to defend it against a group of environmental activists, Deadpool soon winds up in over his head when he finds himself face to snarling face with the apex predators of the Marvel Universe, Brute Force!
Here’s the official solicitation info:
DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1
Written by PAUL SCHEER & NICK GIOVANNETTI
Penciled by SALVA ESPIN
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
When Deadpool is hired by WaterWorld to protect their theme park from activists, he has no idea he’s going to wind up face to snout with Brute Force—protectors of the environment! Look ‘em up! That’s right—they’re real! Written by star of The League and NTSF:SD:SUV Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti, this is one issue sure to make a splash*!
*This joke was not written by them.
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$4.99
Deadpool trying his hand at Blackfish? I’m on board. But, to take you deeper into the unbridled madness coming your way this fall, I caught up with writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti over e-mail to get a sense of what they have up their sleeves.
Nerdist: Aliens vs. Parker seemed like it was good training for the fourth wall shattering mayhem of Deadpool. What did you learn from writing Aliens vs. Parker that informed how you approached Deadpool Bi-Annual?
Paul Scheer: Creating a book is a difficult task because you need to establish your characters fairly quickly and get the story started in an exciting way or else people won’t come back for issue #2. So for this book it was very similar because it was important for us to introduce this entire team of BRUTE FORCE in a very succinct way, so that we weren’t mired in exposition and we could actually have fun with Deadpool interacting with them and tell a story in 30 pages (which isn’t a lot).
Nick Giovannetti: I don’t think anything can prepare you for the insanity of Deadpool. He’s so much fun to write. You can go anywhere and do anything. To your point, I think Paul and I learned to become better storytellers in this medium.
N: What’s the challenge in writing for an established character like Deadpool as opposed to ones of your own design?
NG: It’s generally easier to write an established character, but what makes Deadpool tough is that Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn have set the bar so high.
PS: Exactly, I think we set out with two goals in mind, let’s make a book that Gerry and Brian would laugh at and let’s get super rich writing comic books. We at least did one of those things, I think.
N: Will this comic also feature a deceased Gerry Duggan (like in Aliens vs. Parker)?
PS: That’s our calling card, there is always a dead Gerry in the book, but can you find him?
NG: Ha! Gerry is alive and well in the 616, overworked, but very much alive.
N: What kind of chimichanga-fueled madness can we expect from Deadpool Bi-Annual?
NG: I would say everything you love about Deadpool, plus the bat$#*% insanity Brute Force brings to the table like a bear that drives around in bear shaped vehicle and a kangaroo with Uzis.
PS: Exactly. We got fighting animals, amusement parks, crazed CEOs, Coulson, and lots of BLOOD! It’s everything you could want in a bi-annual.
N: Is this meant to be a standalone story or will it tie into/affect existing canon and storylines?
NG: Technically it’s a standalone, but our goal was to try honor the work of Brian and Gerry as much as possible, so there’s no reason why it couldn’t be cannon. I guess it’s up to the Gods to decide. Praise Odin. I do hope Brute Force continues on though. As a fan of Marvel I wouldn’t mind seeing them popping their heads up every now and again. They’re really fun.
PS: Yeah, we tried to figure out a way to make Brute Force funny but not a punchline. We didn’t want to rail on how lame they were, instead we tried to establish them like an animal A-Team. I’d actually like to see them on other adventures.
N: A water park under scrutiny from eco-activists? How much of this story was inspired by Blackfish?
NG: It’s very much based on Blackfish. I believe Gerry came up with the idea of doing something around Blackfish and it seemed like a fun idea to try and have a message of substance buried inside of a dumb fun story. Trust me though, I’m an idiot so this book is way more to the dumb fun side of the scale.
PS: Yeah, it definitely something that was on our minds and it fit really organically with a group of militant animals on a mission.
N: What comics are you reading and enjoying right now?
NG: All things Bendis, Brubaker, and Waid for sure. I love Duggan and Posehn’s work on Deadpool, obviously. Nova has been insanely good. Hawkeye, New Avengers… actually, I think I’m reading and loving most Marvel books at this point. At least that’s what my credit card bill is saying. I’m anxiously waiting for Damian Wayne to comeback so Tomasi can get back to work on a proper Batman and Robin book. I loved what he was doing before they killed off Damian.
PS: Nick and I pretty much read the same things, so I’ll just say ditto to all of his and add a few more that I’ve been enjoying Saga, Original Sin, Red Sonja, Taran Killiam’s Illegitimates and I just started Morning Glories.
Deadpool Bi-Annual #1 comes to stores this September. Are you going to pick it up? Let us know in the comments below.