Deadpool Movie: Essential Reading, Plus Merch for the Merc

By Tom Pritchard on at

Earlier this week we saw the official release of the trailer for the Deadpool movie, and it's got fans incredibly excited because of how ridiculously awesome it looks. But the Merc-With-A-Mouth has a 24 year history, and given his popularity that's a lot of reading to get through. If you need to get in on Deadpool's many adventures before the movie's February release date, here is some essential reading, and a few gifts, to get yourself ready.

Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender: The Complete Collection, £21 per volume

The original Uncanny X-Force run has the distinction of being my favourite comic run ever, and it also has the distinction of showing that Deadpool is not just some amoral mercenary in it for the money. He's got some ethics, but telling you what they are would spoil much of the book. The story also focus on the villain Apocalypse, so it'll help you prepare yourself for X-Men Apocalypse later on next year. [Buy Volume 1 Here, Buy Volume 2 Here]

Deadpool Classic Vol 1

Deadpool has been around since 1991, and while he wasn't the same character we all know and love initially he did start taking form very quickly. The first volume of Deadpool Classic has Deadpool's early years, including his very first appearance in the pages of New Mutants, The Circle Chase, the critically acclaimed Sins of the Past, and the first issue of his very own ongoing series in 1997. If you want to know Deadpool, this needs to be on your reading wishlist. [Buy it here]

Deadpool: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, £10.30

Most people know Deadpool as the wacky walking internet meme thanks to the numerous images of him that pop up online, but the pages of the Deadpool comics are not always so light hearted. Case in point: a series where Deadpool, Wolverine, and Captain America are kidnapped by the remnants of Weapon Plus (the organisation with strong ties to the programmes that gave all three their powers) and experimented on inside a North Korean concentration camp. This is pretty grim stuff, so don't go in expecting the usual barrel of laughs. [Buy it here]

Deadpool Minibus, £40.20

Deadpool, being the popular character that he is, has had many a mini series throughout his life on Earth, and the Minibus has a nice collection of some of the more recent ones. In here you get Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Night of the Living Deadpool, and Deadpool vs Carnage. The first three are personal favourites, because they centre around an alternate version of Deadpool who goes nuts and decides to kill everything in all of creation. That starts off with the entire planet, before moving on into the world of fiction (yes, really), and finally settling on wiping out every iteration of Deadpool in the Marvel multiverse. [Buy it here]

Deadpool: Dead Presidents, £8.40

A necromancer has sort-of resurrected American's long-dead presidents and brought them back as zombies. Herein lies a problem: SHIELD can't send the Avengers in to deal with the situation because you can't exactly have Captain America be seen fighting George Washington. So they send Deadpool, and the perverted ghost of Benjamin Franklin, to get the job done instead. [Buy it here]

Deadpool and Cable Ultimate Collection Book 1, £21

Cable and Deadpool together is a match made in heaven, and possibly one of the greatest bromances to grace the pages of Marvel comics. It's funny, because Deadpool and Cable both started out as enemies before this series and that's part of what makes the series so great. Expect lots of guns, bickering, and childish humour. [Buy it here]

Deadpool Corps, £26

Lots of superheroes have their own super-team, and Deadpool is no exception. Deadpool Corps see's him teamed up with alternate reality versions of himself, Lady Deadpool, Kidpool, Dogpool, and the zombie Headpool. The team has to go on an intergalactic quest to save the Galaxy from the cosmic villain 'The Awareness' [Buy it here]

Deadpool The Game, £22

It's shocking that it took so long for Deadpool to get his own game, but here we are. It's your typical hack-and-slash affair, and you're kitted out with a whole host of fancy weapons to beat through the bad guys with. In typical Deadpool fashion the game isn't about fighting for the greater good, like most superhero games, instead you're off for revenge against Mr Sinister and his army of clones. Why? They stole a target Deadpool was hired to bring in, meaning he never got paid. Needless to say he wasn't happy. [Buy it here]

Deadpool Funko Pop Bobblehead, £13

If you're looking for a Deadpool figure to proudly display, but you don't want to spend a fortune, you can't go wrong with a good ol' Funko Pop. This one is a tiny little head-bobbing Wade Wilson for you to enjoy. [Buy it here]

Deadpool Logo T-Shirt, from £10

No superhero fan would be complete without the logo of their favourite (anti) hero on their chest, and Deadpool is no exception. [Buy it here]

Deadpool Artfx Statue, £54

If the Funko Pop isn't to your taste, and you have a bit more money to spend, why not buy this Artfx statue from Kotobukiya? You've got a nice detailed statue of Deadpool himself, along with a interchangeable hand parts, and a sign that you can use to write your own witty quips. There's also a magnetic stand so that it doesn't fall over on you. [Buy it here]

Deadpool Pencil Pot, £200

Ok so this is rather an expensive item to purchase, and it looks like disgusting when you think about it. But hey, if you can think of a better place to store your stationary than in Deadpool's ever-regenerating head then please say so. The pot doesn't heal after you pull your stuff out, sadly, but at least they'll be kept safe. [Buy it here]