Years before Deadpool became a household name thanks to Ryan Reynolds, the character actually ended up taking out the vast majority of classic literary characters in the pages of the Deadpool Killustrated miniseries, written by Cullen Bunn and penciled by Matteo Lolli. And with a tagline like “Butchering Stories From Literature’s Finest Authors!” and cover art that harkens back to the pulp novels of the early 1900s, you know you’re in for some classically manic Deadpool fun.
If you happen to be a comic book fan with a penchant for the classics, then this is the series for you… assuming you’re cool with Deadpool slaying all your old favorites, that is. An admirer of Mark Twain? Well, Tom Sawyer bites the dust. Is Mary Shelley more your speed? Say goodbye to Dr. Frankenstein! Seriously, all the old standbys are here and each and every one gets what is coming to them. Scroll down to see who gets put in the dirt and how, but be warned… some grisly images lay in wait for you.
Deadpool Needs A Change After Taking Out All The Heroes In Multiple Marvel Universes
Following the events of 2012’s Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, our resident antihero has found himself quite bored with slaying superheroes throughout the various universes of Marvel’s multiverse. Hopping from universe to universe only to do the same things – read: murdering – over and over seems to have gotten to the Merc with a Mouth.
It is worth noting that this is not the main Marvel universe’s Deadpool, but the Wade Wilson of Earth-12101. He is the main focus of Cullen Bunn’s “Deadpool Killogy,” which consists of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, and Deadpool Kills Deadpool. This Deadpool begins the miniseries surrounded by the corpses of heroes he has slain, moaning about the utter boredom of his existence. He goes so far as to say, “…it’s never going to be over, is it? All the assassination… the slaughter…” As the classic saying states, variety is the spice of life.
A Team Of Supervillain Scientists Build Deadpool A Portal Into The ‘Ideaverse’ In Order To Slay Literary Figures
During his bloody rampage, Deadpool spared a number of villains in order to have them work for him as a sort of think tank. This army of mad scientists, which includes classic Marvel villains like Doctor Octopus and Mole Man, is led by the Mad Thinker, who suggests that in order for Deadpool to end the “cycle of conflict and victory, death and resurrection” that is inherent in Marvel Comics, he must head to the Ideaverse to take out all of the classic literary characters we all know and love.
As the theory goes, these classic characters – from the Three Musketeers to Sherlock Holmes to Frankenstein’s Monster – are the “inspirational building blocks” for every hero and villain that Deadpool is looking to destroy. And if he does away with the inspiration, the heroes will cease to exist altogether. So, with a new mission in tow, the Regenerating Degenerate heads off to the Ideaverse to slaughter every literary icon you were forced to read about in high school.
Deadpool Plucks Out Don Quixote’s Eye And Makes Short Work Of Sancho Panza
The first target of Deadpool’s ruthless rout of the Ideaverse is the lovable buffoon Don Quixote, the main character of the book of the same name. Miguel de Cervantes’s classic character isn’t much of a match for Deadpool, even if he does get a solid stab with his lance for good measure. Deadpool seems somewhat saddened by the fact that Quixote is his first target in the Ideaverse, as he’s a figure that Wade actually likes.
By the time Sancho Panza comes on the scene, Deadpool has already put a bullet into the back of Quixote’s head after slashing out his right eyeball. Deadpool then fires at Sancho because, well, he is there and Deadpool likes to slay people, quipping, “Consider the windmill tilted.” With the two main characters of one of the most influential novels ever written gone, Marvel’s resident bad boy is off to the races.
He Takes Out Moby Dick And Crawls Out Its Blowhole Before Attacking The Pequod
Next up on Deadpool’s hit list are the characters of Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick. Readers see the members of the Pequod just as they spot the giant whale, with Captain Ahab readying his crew to take down the massive animal. Ahab is horrified when he sees the whale’s large corpse floating in the ocean: “No! He’s my kill! He belongs to me!”
As Ahab laments the whale’s fate, Deadpool comes popping out of the whale’s blowhole in quite the graphic image. Being gentlemen of the sea, the Pequod’s crew bring the mercenary aboard to extend their hospitality. Unfortunately for them, Deadpool repays their kindness by going through the crew one by one with a blade. It seems he’s not a very mannered guest.
While Slaying Classic Characters, He Sees Different Marvel Heroes Dying Along With Them
Throughout the series, Bunn hints towards Deadpool’s severe mental break by having him hallucinate the faces of deceased Marvel heroes while he takes out literary characters of old. When Pinocchio gets a blade to the head, he sees the bloodied face of the Vision. When stabbing Captain Ahab, he sees Thunderbolt Ross’s Red Hulk. When first stumbling upon the Headless Horseman, he sees Ghost Rider.
The list goes on and on and on, from Black Widow and She-Hulk, to Namor and Magneto. Deadpool just can’t seem to get Marvel characters out of his broken mind. There is something oddly unique about seeing more Marvel characters than you can shake a stick at kicking the bucket thanks to the Merc with a Mouth, though. Even if they aren’t even the characters he is slaying at the time.
The Literary Stories Start Crossing Over With Each Other When The Nautilus Rescues Captain Ahab
Deadpool’s actions begin to wreak havoc on the very fabric of the Ideaverse as different literary characters’ worlds begin to clash with one another. Case in point: The Nautilus, from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, ends up saving Captain Ahab from Deadpool’s clutches at the very last second.
When the two captains are conferring aboard the Nautilus, Nemo remarks, “Somehow, the building blocks of time and space are beginning to crumble. What once existed in several different time periods now exists in one.” Deadpool’s plan to destroy the Ideaverse, and therefore the inspiration for the characters of Marvel Comics, seems to be working quite nicely.
Deadpool Gives The Headless Horsemen A Fitting End
After killing Tom Sawyer and Count Dracula, Deadpool finds himself in the company of the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Not one to cower in the face of a character whose whole thing basically amounts to being creepy, Deadpool slashes the Horseman’s horse down to size and discovers the specter was nothing but a human in disguise.
The rowdy trickster, known as Brom Bones, pleads with Deadpool to spare his life, as he was only “joshing” and “never expected to run into any real monster.” Hellbent on his mission to wipe out all life in the Ideaverse, Deadpool replies, “You wanted to be the Headless Horseman, right? Wish granted.” He then promptly beheads Brom and stuffs three candles in his skull for appearances’ sake.
The March Sisters Get The Jump On Deadpool Before He Blows Them To Pieces
Even with Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women being a bona fide commercial and critical success in 2019, proving that its protagonists could thrive with current audiences, one would be forgiven for thinking the March sisters would not be able to hold their own against a modern assassin like Deadpool. Alas, the sisters take the Regenerating Degenerate to task armed with nothing more than a broom, a frying pan, a picnic basket, and a pair of skates.
Deadpool is then forced to use a grenade to take the girls – and their entire childhood home – sky high in an enormous blast. Lamenting the fact that four children did him in with household items, Wade wonders to himself, “Is it just me… or should I be having an easier time with these dusty old classics?”
Elsewhere In The Ideaverse, Sherlock Holmes Gathers A Team Of Classic Heroes To Stop Deadpool
Leave it to none other than Sherlock Holmes himself to figure out he must stop Deadpool in order to save the various worlds of the Ideaverse. After making modifications to the titular machine from H.G. Well’s The Time Machine, Holmes recruits a rag-tag team of literary icons to hunt the mercenary down and save their universe.
Teaming with Holmes and Watson, the Deadpool-hunting crew includes Beowulf, Hua Mulan, and Natty Bumppo from The Leatherstocking Tales. Upon assembling his team, Holmes motivates them by stating, “It’s a murderer we must apprehend, my friends, and nothing less than the whole of existence hangs in the balance.”
Deadpool Puts His Brain In Frankenstein’s Monster To Get Some Backup
Relying on his own fractured psyche to help him slay every literary character ever proves to be too much for Deadpool to handle. So, to help him on his insane quest, Deadpool has Dr. Frankenstein put some of the Merc’s brain – which he scoops out of his own head with a spork – inside his infamous monster without the doctor’s knowledge.
The monster promptly picks up a horrified Dr. Frankenstein and snaps his neck. Talk about biting the hand that feeds. This new Deadpool monster, with a smirk on his face, remarks, “So… that’s what it feels like… doing the dirty work yourself. How liberating.”
Sherlock And His Team Remain One Step Behind Deadpool As He Takes Out Other Classics
Deadpool and his new monster buddy keep dimension hopping with Sherlock’s team hot on their trail. Unfortunately for the classic protagonists, they always miss the dangerous duo and arrive just after the mayhem has broken out to disastrous effect.
From the Island of Dr. Moreau to Ancient Rome to one of the islands from Gulliver’s Travels, Deadpool and the monster are ravaging classic locale after classic locale with Holmes’s crew unable to do anything about it but witness the carnage left in Deadpool’s wake. This leaves Holmes exclaiming, “We must make haste… or there will be nothing remaining for us to save.”
Deadpool And The Monster Take Out Mowgli, Baloo, And Bagheera
This one might be a bit difficult for Disney fans to swallow. These might not be the versions from the animated classic, per se, but they are from Rudyard Kipling’s eternal The Jungle Book, which the film is based on. The sad thing is, Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera have Deadpool and his monster friend on the ropes and have a fighting chance before the appearance of another villain.
Yes, the selfish and destructive Shere Khan fights with Deadpool, as the Merc with a Mouth has “learned the value of outsourcing.” With Baloo slain by Deadpool’s monster and Mowgli taken out by Shere Khan, Bagheera is beside himself with grief. Of course, his grief doesn’t last long, as Deadpool makes sure his end is rather swift.