Anyone remotely familiar with Marvel Comics knows Deadpool. First created in 1991, Deadpool has evolved from your standard comic book villain to everyone’s favorite “Merc With a Mouth”. From being several comments away from having his mouth webbed shut every time he flirts with Spiderman, to dimension-hopping with alternative versions of himself, to murdering the entire Marvel Universe more than once, there’s no situation Deadpool won’t find himself in that he can’t adapt to.
His most recent adventure was part of last year’s Marvel x Shonen Jump Plus Super Collaboration, which saw Shonen Jump mangakas bringing their own take on the Marvel Universe. Titled Deadpool: Samurai, the one-shot saw Deadpool dropped inside the pages of a Shonen Jump manga and wreaking his own special kind of havoc.
Now the one-shot is being expanded into its own serialization. Written and drawn by the original creators of the one-shot, Kasama Sanshirou, and Uesugi Hikaru, the serialization will begin releasing on December 10th on the Shonen Jump Plus App. Official announcements were made through Marvel’s Official Japanese Twitter account, as well as Kasama Sanshirou’s and Uesugi Hikaru’s personal Twitter accounts. Also included in the announcements was a teaser image of Deadpool reading Shonen Jump.
So far, both the original Marvel x Shonen Jump Plus Collab and Deadpool: Samurai are only available in Japan, with no information on whether or not they’ll be coming to the West at any point. But given the relative popularity of the Marvel Universe around the world, and the rising popularity of Deadpool after the release of the 2016 film, there’s no doubt that there’s a strong possibility of localization sometime in the future.
All in all, I’m looking forward to another chaotic romp through the pages of Shonen Jump, thanks to Deadpool. Also, hearing Ryan Reynolds’ voice in my head every time Deadpool speaks.