As anyone who saw Deadpool 2 earlier this year knows, when you combine Deadpool, Cable and time travel…things are going to get violent. Quickly.
Now, the madness has spread to the comics page in this week's Cable & Deadpool Annual #1, where the Merc With a Mouth and his metal-armed frenemy take on the timestream... with help from writer David F. Walker and an army of artists including Paco Diaz, Luke Ross, Nick Bradshaw and many, many more. We talked with Walker about wreaking havoc throughout history and many other silly things.
Newsarama :David, tell us the story of this annual.
David F. Walker: Doesn’t that kind of spoil it for people? [Laughs] Seriously though, this is a wacky adventure that finds Deadpool and Cable bouncing around through time and causing damage everywhere they go.
Deadpool thinks he’s on a mission to save his mother from killer robots... but he may just have his mission confused with the plot from The Terminator.
Nrama: How did the project come about?
Walker: Marvel called and said, “Would you be interested in writing a Cable/Deadpool annual?” I said yes, because I figured it would be a way to score “cool points” with the teenage children of all my friends. They all think of my as goofball, but now that I’ve written this annual, I’m cool in their eyes.
I know... it’s kind of said that a middle-age man is still trying to be accepted as one of the cool kids, but the trauma of high school still gnaws at my soul.
Nrama: As it does for us all. What's unique about working with the different artists for the story? Did you tailor your script for the different sections to the different artists' styles?
Walker :I knew that there would be multiple artists, but I didn’t know for sure who was working on the book. I tried to write the story in chapters, so there would be natural breaks and transitions that would make aesthetic sense for a change in artistic styles.
I also tried to pack more action in individual scenes and pages, because I know that no single artist would have to carry the full load of the issue.
Nrama: How would you describe the relationship between Deadpool and Cable?
Walker:It is a classic antagonistic friendship - they love and hate each other at the same time. I look at them as Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd - comedic duos like that. One is more the straight man (Cable) and the other is the comedic fool (Deadpool).
When you write a pair like this, you think of funny things for Deadpool to do or say, and how these things will irritate the hell out of Cable.
Nrama: You have, shall we say, some prior experience writing cyborgs. What is particularly unique about writing Cable? What is it like thinking in terms of someone with cybernetic parts?
Walker: I thought of him less as a cyborg-ish kind of guy, and more like someone who keeps having to bail his friends out of trouble. In that regard, Cable is like me. There’s a reason I don’t answer my phone... and that’s because most of the time it is a friend or a relative that needs help moving some heavy furniture, or needs to be bailed out of jail, or wants to borrow money.
Cable is the guy you call when you have to move a sofa bed, and he doesn’t want to help, but he does anyway, because he’s the one who has a van.
Nrama: Inane fanboy question: If you could have Deadpool's powers or Cable's powers, which would you take? Mind you, these come with Deadpool's skin and Cable's metal/technovirus/complicated backstory, respectively.
Walker: Well, my personal backstory is already complicated, and have dealt with bad skin issues in my teen years, I’ll pass on either. I’d like to have the power to do away with the body odor of other people - with bad smells in general, to be honest. I’d call myself the Deodorizer. I’ve copyrighted that idea, so no one can steal it.
Nrama: We’ll be on the lookout for that. What are some of your favorite Deadpool/Cable stories in different media?
Walker: Do my dreams count as different media? Because I had this great dream where Cable and Deadpool open a laundromat, and they have an incredible series of adventures with villains doing their laundry.
Nrama: I think that was a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Now, as we begin to wrap up, why should people check your book out?
Walker: This is a loaded question. I can’t say, “The art is great,” without sounded like a self-serving tool. Honestly, the story is pretty okay, but the art is amazing, and there’s a ton of references to other stories that hopefully people will catch.
You can’t do a time travel story without a homage to The Terminator, but I’m proud of the fact that we got a little tribute to Monty Python and the Holy Grail in this story. And honestly, I wrote this issue for all the Monty Python fans out there.
Nrama: What's next for you?
Walker: In November there’s a new series coming out from Image, Bitter Root. It’s is co-written by me and Chuck Brown, with art by Sanford Greene, who did Power Man and Iron Fist with me. It’s a fun book. And in January I have an original graphic novel coming about the like of Frederick Douglass - that’s one of the biggest projects in my entire career.
Plus, there’s some other exciting stuff that I can’t talk about at the moment.
Nrama: Anything else you'd like to talk about that we haven't discussed yet?
Walker: I’m thinking about retiring from comics, so I can appear in Hamilton on Broadway. I’d make a great George Washington, except I can’t really sing. But my heart would be in the right place.