In the long history of mankind, a few great duos, pairings and team-ups have stood the test of time. Peanut butter and jelly. Cheese and crackers. Blood and guts. Thanks to Marvel Comics' commitment to two of its most unorthodox, and downright ludicrous, fan-favorite stars, comic fans may have another unforgettable one-two punch to look forward to come 2017. And who knows... maybe combining the powers of Deadpool and Howard the Duck in a comic series of their own isn't so wild an idea after all.
That's right, during the onslaught of Marvel news and announcements during New York Comic Con came the unveiling of "Deadpool the Duck", a coming series that will pit the Merc with a Mouth and the alien fowl with a dirty mind against eachother. But they won't be battling it out, since the two offbeat heroes will actually be sharing the same body.
The series will be launched by writer Stuart Moore and artist Jacopo Camagni, forcing Deadpool and Howard into a single, four-foot-tall body. The two must then wrestle for control of their combined powers, with Wade Wilson taking the wheel to start in an adventure quickly incorporating alien menaces and S.H.I.E.L.D. operations. Oh, and a cameo from Rocket Raccoon, too.
It isn't hard to see why somebody would think of an idea this insane, but making the most of such a strange crossover is a feat in itself. Sure, Howard's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy renewed his relevance, and Deadpool is always able to win fans over to an outlandish premise. But merging them into a single body may seem an odd choice (even if, once again, Sliders did it first).
Speaking with ComicVine, writer Stuart Moore gave a tease of what to expect, and why the two characters are actually a better mix than some might initially assume:
"The mayhem begins even before the two characters are merged together. We waste no time here at Deadpool the Duck! After that, there's not so much a learning curve as, well, a struggle for control of the shared body. Deadpool is the dominant partner at first, as you might expect. But there are some surprises.
"Seriously, it's all about the two main players. Deadpool is one of Marvel's funniest characters because he's just a violent kid at heart, a quasi-cartoon who's happiest when he can punch and shoot his way out of a problem. Howard is Marvel's other funniest character, but his humor is much more verbal, more sarcastic and satirical. Putting them together was one of the most fun experiences I've had writing a comic."
While we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to see and hear Wade Wilson's reactions to assuming the form of a diminutive humanoid duck, it's the artwork for Issue #2 teasing said crossover with Rocket Raccoon that we're hoping is just the tip of the iceberg. Honestly, when your premise is this insane, what kind of stories can't you tell?
The miniseries is planned to run just five issues beginning in January, according to the details offered amidst a larger rush of Marvel news out of NYCC, spotlighting everything from The Defenders' new villain to the future of Peggy Carter. With the announcement came an official synopsis for "Deadpool the Duck" which can be read below:
What do you get when you take one cynical anthropomorphic duck (named Howard) and cross it with the smelliest (and most annoying) mercenary in the Marvel Universe? DEADPOOL THE DUCK! When Deadpool is sent on a mission from SHIELD to capture a high-profile E.T. that is rampaging across the high plains, the snatch-and-grab turns out to be much more complicated than the Merc with a Mouth anticipated. One unfortunate wrong place at the wrong time accident later leaves Deadpool and Howard fighting for control of the cutest mercenary the Marvel Universe has ever seen! Brought to you with words by Stuart Moore (CLOAK & DAGGER, THANOS: DEATH SENTENCE Novel) and art by Jacopo Camagni (DEADPOOL’s SECRET SECRET WARS).
What do you Marvel fans think of this unexpected match-up? Does it seem like a match made in Heaven, or will you reserve judgment until more details and previews are released? Let us know in the comments - and suggestions of other oddball team-ups are always welcome.
Deadpool The Duck launches in January 2017.