Wade Into The Dead Pool
NEW MUTANTS vol.1 #98 (February 1991)
"The Beginning of the End part I"
plot and art: Rob Liefeld
script: Fabian Nicieza
In his Colorado estate, Gideon prepares for the day with his morning exercise. He breaks through some of the best programs Shaw Industries has to offer, then towels off while listening to the day's schedule. Regarding the Da Costastock inquiry, Gideon makes sure that his operative, Eve, is in place and ready to proceed with their plan. Gideon is assured by his assistant Adam that all will go well.
Two days later, in the Danger Room, Cannonball infringes upon Cable's practice session with the excuse that he needs practice too. Cable uses the opportunity to see if Cannonball is able to concentrate enough in a battle situation to limit the noise of his combustion. Surprising Cannonball with an arm blast, Cable learns that Cannonball still needs some work. In fact, everyone does; there just isn't much of an "everyone" anymore. In Brazil, the previous day, Eve delivers Emmanuel da Costa his coffee. It's poisoned and he falls over dead.
In the X-Mansion, Rictor has lost his head. He's upset that Wolfsbane is still in Genosha and that the New Mutants have done nothing about it. He tries to get Boom-Boom to join him in a rescue, but Boom-Boom just shrugs him off and he storms away. Shortly thereafter, Cable gets quite the surprise in the library. It seems there is a bounty on Cable's head and a mercenary called Deadpool is there to collect it. Deadpool says a man named Tolliver is none-too-pleased with how Cable ended things and so Deadpool is there to eliminate Cable. After some fighting, Cannonball succeeds in sneaking up on Deadpool with his blast. The victory is short lived, however, when Deadpool wraps Cannonball up in a neural net. Fortunately, Boom-Boom, Rictor, and Sunspot enter the library as back up. Deadpool takes out Rictor, but before he can test his mettle against everyone else, he is himself taken out. Domino, a mysterious lady, stands behind him, having just placed three knives in Deadpool's back. The New Mutants notice the chemistry that Cable and Domino, apparently old friends, seem to have.
Later, Cable updates Domino on the team. Several key members have left, but Cable has some plans in store for new recruits. He also mentions he "mailed" Deadpool back to Tolliver.That night, Rictor sneaks out of the mansion. He leaves a note for Boom-Boom expressing his desire to help Wolfsbane in Genosha. A bit later, Sunspot is awakened by Gideon. Gideon informs Sunspot of his father's death by heart attack, to the kid's shock.
WHAT I LEARNED IN THE DEAD POOL
This issue Liefeld introduces the entire cast of DEADPOOL 2. Not only is this the first appearance of Deadpool, it also is the first we see of Domino and Gideon. Even though this isn't the first appearance of Cable, it is his first meeting with Wade.
Even thou Deadpool does talk alot and says some strange things, none of it is way over the top, nor does he break the 4th wall like writers will change him later once Liefeld leaves Marvel.
This Deadpool action figure was the first one released by Toy Biz as part of their X-Men toy line in the early 90's. They were in such a hurry to add Deadpool to their line, they visited Rob in the studio to see his work on New Mutants #98 and used what they saw to design this Deadpool. The comic and the figure came out close to the same time.
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