The Antihero defined
Deadpool Volume 1 (1997) Issues #1-#33: Joe Kelly’s entire run
While the modern Deadpool tends to stick to the more humorous side of things, even if it can be a pitch black humour at times, when he was first introduced he was a full-on villain. His first full, ongoing series began the process of redeeming him.
While we’ve mostly recommended shorter arcs here, Joe Kelley’s run on the first Deadpool series is difficult to break up in such a way, as elements are introduced in issue 1 that don’t pay off until 20 or so issues later, which seems like madness in this modern age of relatively short event comics.
The whole series repeatedly forces Deadpool to confront his own twisted morality and decide whether he actually wants to be anything more than a killer for hire. he’ll also have to figure out if he is even capable of being anything more.
This series also heavily features the characters of Blind Al, Deadpool’s flatmate/prisoner/conscience and Weasel, his sometimes colleague, both of whom are appearing in the film .
At this stage it’s unknown how much, if any of this side of DP will make it into the movie, but it’s fascinating to read nonetheless. It’s worth noting that it’s not all unrelenting gloom; Deadpool still finds time to crack jokes, team-up with Daredevil, deal with a prophesy that he is the saviour of all mankind and take a trip through time to an old issue of Amazing Spider-Man from the 60’s (more on this below!)
The art can be 90’s as hell at times, though.