Deadpool, also known as Merc with a Mouth, is one of the most popular Marvel characters today. Since his release in 1990, Deadpool has been a consistent part of Marvel comics’ greatest events and is probably the most bizarre antihero we have had the pleasure to experience. At first an antihero, but as time passed, Deadpool became a reluctant ally to resident Marvel superheroes. Merc with a Mouth was always special, and his comic book stories are thought of as one of the best in Marvel Comics.
This article will list our picks of the 13 best Deadpool comics every fan needs to check out. We will explain each comic book run, what it is about, and why you should read it. If you are interested, stay with us until the end of the article.
13. Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan (2017)
What it’s about: Old Man Logan is a special character in the Marvel Universe. This particular comic book run was released in 2017 and featured our Merc with a Mouth. Wolverine and Deadpool were always closely connected to each other, mostly through Weapon X and Deadpool’s shenanigans with X-Men. However, this comic book run sees Old Man Logan and Deadpool team up to catch the Omega-Level mutant Maddie. This storyline is one of the lighter storylines of Old Man Logan because his story is really tragic.
Why you should read it: Merc with a Mouth fans should read this comic book to see how Deadpool and Old Man Logan interact – two superheroes are chaotic together and provide any reader entertainment. At the same time, Deadpool’s chaotic energy and Old Man Logan’s grumpiness really bring out the best in our superheroes.
12. Deadpool: Dead Presidents (2013)
What it’s about: The first in many chaotic Deadpool comic book runs is definitely Deadpool: Dead Presidents. In this run, dead presidents of the United States are resurrected by Necromancer, and it’s up to Deadpool and his allies to stop the zombified Ronald Reagan, George Washington, and others. Deadpool is a perfect person for the job – he is skillful, has a great reputation, and … he is a Canadian.
Why you should read it: Any Deadpool fan needs to read this comic book run because it’s bizarre but insanely entertaining, which is always welcomed in Deadpool content.
11. Cable & Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could Kill (2007)
What it’s about: This comic book series follows how Cable and Deadpool team up after finding themselves in an unfortunate situation. This comic book story emphasizes how two misfits are dealing with obstacles thrown at them and how two extremely different individuals can work together. If Looks Could Kill the start of Cable & Deadpool adventures, we won’t stop with this story to introduce this comic book run.
Why you should read it: Cable & Deadpool is an incredibly entertaining and content-heavy story that features a lot of other Marvel superheroes. Cable is trying to find his purpose after discovering his mutant powers, while Deadpool is wreaking havoc as usual.
10. Cable & Deadpool: Alone Again, Naturally (2007)
What it’s about: If you’re a fan of Deadpool movies starring Ryan Reynolds, you will absolutely love this comic book story. We already introduced Cable & Deadpool in the previous entry, and let me just say this comic book run has some gems. The story features the relationship between Deadpool and Cable, who reluctantly join forces after a series of unfortunate events. This particular storyline features Deadpool alone after Cable sacrifices himself for the greater good. Overall, a really good comic book run.
Why you should read it: If you’re a fan of buddy comedies, this comic book will be up your alley. It’s fun, action-packed, and at times incredibly soft and emotional. Also, Deadpool gains a lot of friends.
9. Uncanny X-Force (2010) – The Final Execution
What it’s about: After a few storylines that are funnier than not, we have Uncanny X-Force comic book run from 2010. Deadpool joins the special team called X-Force, led by Storm and Psylocke. The team is tasked with killing Apocalypse, who is reborn as a child, making hard decisions even harder. Wade Wilson is more grounded in this comic book and takes his place on the X-Force much more seriously, especially concerning killing.
Why you should read it: If you are willing to read something about Deadpool that is more serious, definitely check out this comic book story. Interactions between Deadpool and his teammates are really interesting, and fans will meet a different Merc with a Mouth.
8. Deadpool: Sins Of The Past (1994)
What it’s about: This is an older story from the Deadpool collection of comics, but it’s not less good. The story follows Deadpool, tasked with stopping Juggernaut, who broke out Black Tom. Black Tom’s men ambush the Merc with a Mouth, but Banshee and Siryn jump in and help him. However, everything is fine until Deadpool discovers that his healing factor is not working anymore.
Why you should read it: Deadpool fans might find it hard to read 1990s comics, but this short comic book run is absolutely worth it. Deadpool finds himself in a really sensitive situation, especially when his main source of life stops working. Fans will find Deadpool’s vulnerability appealing and interesting, and it helps that story is really well written.
7. Deadpool: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (2013)
What it’s about: One of the best Deadpool stories of the 2010s is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Besides having an interesting and quite familiar title, this Deadpool comic book run is exceptionally written and emotional. The story follows Deadpool with his allies, Captain American and Wolverine, who are trying to stop the evil scientist Butler from experimenting on innocent children in North Korea.
Why you should read it: This comic book run is entertaining but extremely emotional, and Wade Wilson’s fondness for children and connection with the other two heroes is absolutely amazing. The trio bonded on their past tragedies and experiments that simultaneously made them who they are today and miserable. Great story that any Deadpool fan should read.
6. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe (2011)
What it’s about: One of the coolest stories in Marvel Comics is when Deadpool slaughters the whole universe. The premise of the comic book is just that – Deadpool of an alternate universe realizes he is “only a fictional character.” The fourth wall breaking is quite present in this story, and Deadpool’s insanity is at its peak.
Why you should read it: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is absolutely insane since it showcases Deadpools strength and the graphic violence of Wade killing every superhero and foe in his sight. This concept inspired a few more stories with other famous Marvel characters, but Deadpool is the best because it suits him well.
5. Deadpool/Death: A Kiss, A Curse, A Cure (1998)
What it’s about: There is a notable Marvel story about Thanos falling in love with Death and devoting his whole life and others to her love. Well, Deadpool has a cool storyline that includes Death. Deadpool falls off the cliff and dies, but meets Death, for whom he develops his feelings. Throughout the story, Deadpool tries to find ways to die to be with Mistress Death while encountering some familiar faces from his past.
Why you should read it: The comic book story is short but extremely bizarre and entertaining, which feels like a true Deadpoolesque story. Furthermore, the story is unusually adorable, and seeing Deadpool trying to kill himself on purpose to be with Mistress Death is really interesting.
4. X-Men Origins: Deadpool (2010)
What it’s about: One of the coolest and funniest premises of Deadpool comics belongs to X-Men Origins: Deadpool, where Merc with a Mouth hires a screenwriter to help him create a movie before Hollywood does it. Of course, Deadpool is set on doing the best job he can, which entails Wade Wilson’s origins and tragic life that led him to become the person he is today.
Why you should read it: This comic book story features other notable Marvel superheroes like Wolverine, only briefly, but we see Cable and others. An incredibly emotional story that presents us with other sides of Deadpool’s character we have never seen before.
3. Deadpool: Dead Reckoning (1997)
What it’s about: This particular storyline is part of the notable Deadpool run from 1997, written by Joe Kelly, and it is awesome. The story follows Deadpool, who needs to use his abilities to prepare the world for the arrival of Tiamat, a being that is supposed to bring Earth peace. However, to do that, Tiamat will put humans under its control and make them brainwashed slaves. Deadpool now needs to transition from zero to hero and save the world.
Why you should read it: This comic book story is significant because Joe Kelly transformed Deadpool from a goofy, insane comic relief character to a strange superhero that can help the world and his allies. This whole Joe Kelly run is great, but this particular storyline made Deadpool the great character we know today.
2. Deadpool: Suicide Kings (2009)
What it’s about: We are back with more fun Deadpool comics, and this one will entertain you to the core. Suicide Kings follows Deadpool, who is framed for the murder by no other than the person who hired him. Deadpool now needs to deal with other hires that put a target on his back while trying to prove his innocence.
Why you should read it: This comic book is really cool because we see Deadpool being badass but interacting with other cool Marvel characters like Punisher, Daredevil, and his favorite Spider-Man.
1. Night of the Living Deadpool/Return of the Living Deadpool (2014-2015)
What it’s about: Finally, we present you with this article’s last two comic books, Night of the Living Deadpool and Return of the Living Deadpool. Why am I “breaking the rules” and mentioning two comic books in one entry? Because they are closely connected and are much better if you indulge in both stories. The first comic book follows Deadpool and zombies. That’s right; this story is a parody of another famous comic book by Robert Kirkman called The Walking Dead. Return of the Living Deadpool is the continuation of the first story, and boy, are they good and entertaining.
Why you should read it: Both stories are fun and immersive and present Deadpool in the best ways possible – a reluctant, confused superhero who accidentally tries to save the world. Both stories will surprise you immensely, so don’t let the word “parody” derail you from reading these cool stories about Deadpool.