Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool may have a movie on the way, but his time in the comics -- at least in the 616 universe -- is coming to an end. Well, for now. Announced via Nerdist, his current series will end with issue #250 (which is really #45 in that specific volume) and it'll also mean the death of Deadpool. It'll be a whopping 96 pages and features a ton of talent. Oh, and Wade will get his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet. That should be... interesting. Here's the cover and solicit.
DEADPOOL #250 (A.K.A. issue #45)
Written by GERRY DUGGAN, BRIAN POSEHN, BEN ACKER, BEN BLACKER, NICK GIOVANETTI, PAUL SCHEER, JASON MANTZOUKAS, MIKE DRUCKER, & MORE
Penciled by MIKE HAWTHORNE, SCOTT KOBLISH, & MORE
Cover by SCOTT KOBLISH
That’s right—if you add together all the Deadpool series (creatively) issue 45 is the big 250th issue of Deadpool! What better way to celebrate than to end the series? In our over-sized main story, ULTIMATUM comes at Deadpool for revenge, so he has no choice but to take them on—ALL OF THEM. Then, in an Infinity Gauntlet crossover, what would Deadpool do if he got the six gems from Thanos? Plus: a slew of stories showcasing Deadpool’s closest friends and allies by special guest writers! Also, SPOILER: Deadpool dies at the end of the issue.
During an interview with Nerdist, series co-writer Gerry Duggan says they've been building up to this since their very first issue with Wade. "And it will absolutely feel – it will feel, I hope, readers will think that this is an appropriate end for this Deadpool." While some may jump to conclusions and think this is a gimmick or cash grab, Duggan says they're doing it because it "makes sense." As for Wade's death, Duggan says it make may a reader's head explode. Does that comment make anyone else think of SUICIDE KINGS? No? Okay, moving on. This may be sad news for fans of the title and character (we'll form a support group), but the writer says it'll still be a good time, despite the dark outcome. "Even the most horrible things that we’ve done to him, you know, are still fun. I hope. I think. This is definitely a blunt, over-sized celebration of that."
Well, it was fun while it lasted, right? And who knows how long it'll be until he comes back? This would also be a neat opportunity to bring Agent X back into the spotlight. Just saying. Anyway, DEADPOOL #250 goes on sale this April. Fingers crossed Marvel will release an omnibus of Duggan and Brian Posehn's volume; it certainly deserves one.