Will The Odds Be In Your Favor? Read On To Find Out!

Sure, you could say Deadpool is having a huge summer. Don’t underestimate Neena Thurman, and don’t think of her as only Deadpool’s teammate.

Imagine being able to control your fate, just by participating in the cause and effect of a situation. That’s the life of X-Force’s own Domino. The psionic mutant flips the odds in her favor with telekinesis resulting in good luck for her, bad luck for her foes. Not a bad ability to have in tough situations.

While her real name is Neena Thurman, here she goes as Beatrice, seeing as how her existence is the result of a government breeding program called Project: Armageddon that used the precognitive mutant named Beatrice. The name Beatrice is an offshoot of the Latin “beatus” which means fortunate, and that is an apt description of Domino’s powers.

Read up on the what makes Lady Luck’s fate always err on the side of good fortune.

THE NEW MUTANTS #98 (1991)
Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Just like her ol’ pal Wade Wilson, Domino’s first appearance was in THE NEW MUTANTS back in 1991. Or was it? Turns out she was actually a shape-shifter named Copycat but for the sake of argument, this is the first time readers get a glimpse of fortuitous mutant.

DOMINO (1997)
Ben Raab, David Perrin

Domino (1997) #1

Domino (1997) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In her very first series, we get a look at Domino’s origin story while she is on the warpath to save ex-husband Milo Thurman. Wolverine’s old foe Lady Deathstrike plays a big part in this series.

X-FORCE (2008)
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Clayton Crain

X-Force (2008) #1

X-Force (2008) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Cyclops calls upon Wolverine to lead a team called X-Force, made up of X-23, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Archangel and Domino. This violent alternative X-Men team goes up against the Marauders, pitting villains and heroes in a battle of epic proportions.

X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE (2010)
Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, Gabriele Dell’Otto

X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) #1

X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

A team-up for the ages, Domino and Wolverine head out against all odds when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on Neena. The title says it all–this book is filled with a lot of both. When you think about it, they’re a perfect match–Domino’s good fortune, Wolverine’s healing factor. Add in a whole lot of bloodshed and you’ve got a dynamic duo.

DOMINO (2018)
Gail Simone, David Baldeon

Domino (2018) #1

Domino (2018) #1

Not only is Domino back in featured in her own solo series, but she’s also solo in the sense that now she finds herself on the wrong side of the mercenary community and having to fight for her life. This series explores a stripped down version of Domino, but will her legendary luck see her through?

Can’t get enough Domino and want to read all these digital comics? Check out Marvel Unlimited!

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From Domino to Wolverine, these are Wade Wilson's finest duos!

In celebration of Deadpool’s big summer, which sees him kick off a new series with Skottie Young and Nic Klein’s DEADPOOL #1 on June 6, we thought we’d look back at the rare moments when Wade Wilson wasn’t being an unshowered good-for-nothing selfish jerk. Instead, we found a few favorite moments when he was just being an unshowered good-for-nothing only slightly selfish jerk.

Here are the greatest Deadpool team-ups in history.

Child Bullseye

Child Bullseye? More like Calfseye, right? No? Okay. Please keep reading.

Starting off small, we have adolescent Bullseye, who teamed up with Deadpool in a rebellion against academia. In the pages of Daniel Way and Paco Medina’s DEADPOOL, a young, downtrodden Bullseye was being bullied at school. But don’t worry, weirdo pimple-faced nerds! Cousin DP came to the rescue by just straight up burning down the entire building.

This whole event may have been a hallucination, but with Deadpool you never know. What we do know is that these two eventual frenemies delightfully took things way too far in this (potential) first ever team-up. Arson rules! *

Wolverine/Old Man Logan

These two just can’t seem to get away from each other. Or at least Wolverine can’t get away from Deadpool.

Much like any relationship founded in love (of stabbing bad guys) and understanding (their boiling, uncontrollable rage), these two crazy kids have endured a lot together: multiple murder attempts, poorly thought-out heroics, and the 1990s. But, as perfectly exemplified in DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN, they continue to grin and bear it (Deadpool grins and Wolverine bears it).

Official ‘ship name: Poolverine. Don’t look up the “fan art.”

Hellcow

Once a prized dairy cow named Bessie, Hellcow’s idyllic life was cut short—sort of—when a bite from Dracula himself turned her into an undead blood sucking bovine. Roughly 300 years later, in DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #885, Hellcow was serving as the captive mutant milk machine for Dr. Killgore, a mad scientist who was also holding the Regenerating Degenerate under lock and key.

After Deadpool convinced Hellcow to band together for a daring escape, the duo endured a range of bodily function mishaps before succeeding in taking down Killgore. They’re not saying “Moo,” they’re saying “Bruuuce!”

Domino

Just like a group of old men sitting around a folding table, Deadpool loves dominoes. And one in particular.

A hired gun herself, Neena Thurman knows all about the #MercLife, not to mention the #MutatedExperimentLife. And after a rocky introduction in Deadpool’s debut comic NEW MUTANTS #98, Domino has grown to understand Wade more than most. It’s likely for this reason that she usually treats him like an adult. She gets it—jokes hide the pain, people!

Her ability to call Deadpool out on any shenanigans he pulls makes her a great foil for the old ‘Pool Man. And, at times, she adds a little family-approved flirtation to Deadpool’s traditionally risqué banter.

Bob, Agent of Hydra

Bob wanted to live a normal existence—eat chips, mow the lawn, watch TV with his wife. And what did his wife want? Dental insurance. So Bob got himself an average nine-to-five working at the local criminal organization, Hydra.

Deadpool wanted a friend—someone to boss around, blame the voices on, eat chips with. And what did his friends want? Um…what friends? Wade Wilson has never had any friends, so he went looking for a buddy to team-up with during his anti-heroic adventures.

Bob and Deadpool got together in CABLE AND DEADPOOL #38 and, ever since, have done everything that best friends do. They’ve gotten scurvy, time traveled with dinosaurs, been severely injured, battled Dracula, and eaten chips. Chips rule! And also arson rules too! **

Spider-Man

This one-sided bromance is what comic book dreams are made of.

Sure, Peter Parker might be a morally upstanding super hero, and sure, Deadpool generally doesn’t care about which civilian the Hulk accidentally sits on. But what matters here is the beautifully juxtaposed powers and sensibilities that these two bring to the table. And though they’ve had their ups and downs, these resident jokesters have developed a vaguely mutual respect for one another over the years. And that relationship is perfectly displayed in their ongoing joint series SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL. The third star of the book? That gorgeous forward slash.

Cable

Of course, the top spot on this ultimate team-up list goes to none other than Cable.

Nathan Summers’ explosive relationship with Deadpool has been the basis for many, many, many, many series over the years. Whether the two are allies or actively trying to kill each other is more or less a 50/50 toss-up, but regardless, the chemistry between these two can’t be denied. Cable’s time traveling stoicism perfectly compliments Deadpool’s gross face, and it all adds up to the best buddy cop throwdown anybody could ask for. If you love bulging old man pecs and giant belts, this team-up is for you.

* Editor’s note: arson does not rule
** Editor’s note: arson still does not rule

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The prolific writer joins the podcast to talk Domino, Deadpool, and more!

This Week in Marvel welcomes writer Gail Simone just in time for the release of DOMINO #2! Ryan and Jamie discuss the writer’s favorite books as well as her recent confrontation with the dreaded Fun Bun! It’s a very cool conversation about Simone’s writing process and how she approaches writing for characters like Deadpool, Domino, and more.

Plus: Lots of news on the games front including the Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” tie-in with Fortnite and Ryan and Jamie give you their picks of the week! Listen to the whole episode now!

 

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The writer talks about what to expect from the mercenary!

Domino is getting her own series—and luck had nothin’ to do with it!

On April 11, writer Gail Simone and artist David Baldeón are placing Neena Thurman in the sights of the villain known as Topaz. Domino’s mutant ability might be able to manipulate probability, but it’s gonna take more than that to get her out of a few tight corners.

Marvel.com spoke with Simone about her love of mercenaries and the allies Neena will be taking with her on this ride.

Marvel.com: How does it feel to be giving Domino her own series?

Gail Simone: Oh, it feels great. She’s always been such a fun, energetic character. It was a very impulsive move on my part to take the book, the editor asked out of the blue, we’d never spoken before, and I started thinking, and said yes the next day, which I never do! Within a couple days, we had the great David Baldeón on board, it just all feels meant to be. A friend at Marvel said that “Domino was waiting for you,” which is wildly flattering, when it feels the other way around; I was waiting for her.

Domino #1 cover by Greg Land

Marvel.com: What was the first thing you knew you wanted to explore with this character?

Gail Simone: Karma, man, karma. Seriously, no one beats the house odds forever. She’s being playing the world on Cheat Mode—that cannot come at no cost. Aside from that, I love the setting she’s in. I’ve been away from Marvel a long time, and I haven’t gotten to attach much to the overall mutant storyline, so we made sure that DOMINO has mercenaries and mutants. Because I’ve been away for a while, I wanted to cut loose, you know?

Marvel.com: Can you describe some of the dangers Neena will be facing in this comic?

Gail Simone: There are two right away. One is mysterious—an old man with a connection to Neena that she didn’t know about. The other is the deadly female known as Topaz, who has the power and viciousness to bring down Domino and everyone she cares about. And has good reason to hate her guts.

Domino (2018) #1

Domino (2018) #1

Marvel.com: What’s the most fun part about writing for a mutant who can manipulate probability?

Gail Simone: It’s fun trying to have those moments happen without feeling like we’re cheating. If a plane lands on the bad guy when he’s about to shoot her, that’s really cheating the audience. We have to do better than that, and I am enjoying that challenge. Aside from that, it’s fun writing her with her best friends, Outlaw and Diamondback, in their little merc trio. I have rarely had so much fun writing three characters together.

Marvel.com: You’ve said that you love exploring what it means to be a mercenary and a mutant in this universe. Can you expound on that a little bit?

Gail Simone: Oh, yeah! Well, it’s no secret that I love writing mercs. I love writing the heroes who aren’t quite fully heroic and the bad guys who aren’t quite fully villainous. I love the idea of these beings, these extraordinary people, doing this grunt work for a paycheck. That is a position I think a lot of people relate to. As for mercs, you know, I think the whole mutant story is one of the richest subgroups in comics; there’s nothing quite like it. Characters from Cypher all the way up to Dark Phoenix—there’s a lot to explore.

Get ready to explore DOMINO #1, by Gail Simone and David Baldeón, on April 11!

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The artist joins Gail Simone for the new series!

On April 11, Marvel’s favorite femme fatale goes solo in DOMINO!

Superstar writer Gail Simone makes her grand return to the Marvel Universe as the mercenary goes up against the odds this spring! As Domino prepares to unleash her unique brand of action, Marvel can now announce the artist that will bring the soldier of fortune to life—David Baldeón! The rising star, whose work has been seen in SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE and NOVA, will bring his singular style to the pages of Simone’s story.

“I am so very thrilled to be a part of Team Domino! I am a fan of Gail’s work, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a long time now. The fact that it is with a character like Domino is the icing on the cake,” Baldeón details. “She’s strong, she’s tough, she’s fun and she’s thrilling, and hopefully the art will bring through all of that. We’ve given her a new, sleek look that plays on all of her strengths, her history, and who she is as a character. Plus, this book is a completely different animal from my previous work style-wise, and therefore a chance to go into new grounds. This is going to be an exciting ride!”

“Since Marvel first asked me to write DOMINO, I knew there was one element that attracted me so much to her, but for some reason, I couldn’t quite name the exact word,” adds Simone. “Was it stubbornness? Snarkiness? Other characters have those traits, too, but with Domino, there was this thing that represents her, but the word escaped me, and it was vexing. Wonderful editor Chris Robinson had someone in mind for the book, bless him! We immediately started getting the sketches and designs from David, and I knew instantly the concept I had been trying to name, because he drew it right into her eyes. It’s mischief. Domino has a sense of mischief, of high-stakes play, even in the roughest times. She’s lethal and she knows it.”

With Simone’s imagination and Baldeón’s one-of-a-kind visual style, Domino is ready to conquer the mercenary world this spring.

That really sealed the deal for me,” concluded Simone, “David was our guy and I could not be happier. He draws gorgeous people doing dirty deeds, and it’s just exactly the roller-coaster ride I had hoped for. He’s adding so much heart and fire. I just love him.”

On April 11, jump into the action with writer Gail Simone and artist David Baldeón in DOMINO #1!

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Gail Simone pens the new series starting this April!

Lady luck goes solo this spring.

When Domino finds herself on the wrong side of the mercenary community, the favorite femme fatale has to fight back and, somehow, stay alive. Hunted by her enemies, a danger to her friends, and chased by the man who hates her more than anything, Domino will be up against the odds—but that’s never stopped her before.

On April 11, writer Gail Simone makes her long-awaited return to the Marvel Universe with DOMINO #1! Featuring a cover by Greg Land and Frank D’Armata, the series kicks off a new brand of action, adventure, and antics.

“My favorite characters are always the unpredictable ones, and with Domino, you literally never know which way the dice are going to roll,” explains Simone. “I love her, and I can’t wait to show her best bad side!”

Series editor Chris Robinson details more: “Domino will continue to be one of the breakout stars of WEAPON X, but fans have been clamoring to see her get the spotlight for some time now…well, your wish has been granted!”

This April, jump into the mercenary action with writer Gail Simone in DOMINO #1!

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Cullen Bunn wipes the slate clean and begins anew for Wade Wilson and his corruptible crew!

Deadpool does not have the best reputation for making and keeping friends; he never has. As of DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR THE MONEY #3, that old Wade Wilson charm has proven itself once again as he finds himself staring at an empty room, the Mercs spread to the wind in anger and annoyance at their boss.

What can a guy do? Well, we found the one person besides the Merc with the Mouth who might have the answer—MERCS writer Cullen Bunn—and asked him just that.

Marvel.com: As we see at the close of the latest issue, Deadpool has been left behind by the rest of the Mercs. He plays it off as being relatively unaffected. How is he really feeling? How much will you explore those feelings in the book going forward?

Cullen Bunn: First things first, Deadpool jumps into “lone wolf” mode and tries to right some wrongs—that he perpetrated, of course—by himself. That’s not going to go really well for him.

Lucky for him, this new team of mercs shows up to help him out of a jam. The members of the new team have mostly been seen in the series so far. We’ve got Domino, Machine Man, Gorilla Man, Masacre, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Eventually, Hit-Monkey joins the cast, too, but not right away.

At first, this group seems to work like a well-oiled machine, but the team dynamic is shaky at best, with loyalties—and disloyalties—forming between the various squad members. There’s a bit of mystery about a few of the mercs, too, which fuels a bit of distrust and dissent in the group.

Marvel.com: How does the new team affect Deadpool? What changes might we see in him because of them?

Cullen Bunn: Deadpool’s a roll-with-the-punches kind of guy. Being on a new team doesn’t really shake him up all that much. There is a member of the team, though, who will have a significant impact on Deadpool, and we might see a number of changes in him because of this relationship.

And Wade’s position in the team impacts him a little bit.

Marvel.com: In reference to that, from the solicits and the cover, it appears that Domino has taken the lead over Deadpool. Given their complex history, how do both parties feel about this new development?

Cullen Bunn: That’s right. When Domino shows up, she basically says “We’re the new Mercs for Money…and now I’m in charge.”

As you can imagine, Deadpool has a big problem with that little coup. He realizes he is a terrible team leader, but that doesn’t mean he wants to give up leadership. He isn’t going to take it lying down. Of course, Deadpool’s methodologies as he tries to reclaim his title are…well…let’s just say only a guy like Deadpool would try to pull off these schemes.

Marvel.com: Entering this new arc, what can you tell us about the Mercs’ mission?

Cullen Bunn: The Mercs don’t have a lot of downtime. They are taking jobs left and right to pay the bills, even subcontracting to S.H.I.E.L.D. Straight away, they tussle with the Circus of Crime. But they have an inter-team mystery on their hands that they want solved before they take too many more gigs.

The Mercs are also going to be involved in a completely bonkers adventure that has to do with the full scope of Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s powers. I can’t say much more about that one, but it is coming up soon!

Marvel.com: We know the old team has left and I don’t want to spoil if or when they are coming back. But, to keep things more general, do the original assortment of Mercs remain a factor in the book, be it physically or emotionally?

Cullen Bunn: The old Mercs will be a presence in the book, yes, and you might even see them pop up from time to time. Now, will the old Mercs for Money ever meet the new team? Hmm… It’s possible. That encounter would be kind of heated, I would think.

Marvel.com: Beyond the new team, who are other Marvel characters that readers should expect might become involved in this storyline as it progresses?

Cullen Bunn: When I wrote the first MERCS FOR MONEY series, I included tons of obscure and underused and forgotten characters. That trend will continue. You’ll see characters from all over the Marvel Universe popping up in the pages of this series. I think many of the appearances will be truly surprising. Not sure how many of those characters I should spoil, though. Oh, yeah, none of them! Buy the book. Your favorite obscure character could appear at any moment!

Marvel.com: What kind of goals do you have for the book? What about those hooks draw you to it?

Cullen Bunn: For me, this is a series about fun and mayhem. The threats the Mercs face are very dangerous, but we approach them in such a way that we’re going to enjoy the ride. I want to tell a wide range of stories with a wide range of characters. And I want this book to show that even a book with humor in it can be “important” in the Marvel Universe as a whole.

Marvel.com: How has the artistic collaborations helped the book so far? Going forward, who are you working with over the next few issues?

Cullen Bunn: Iban Coello will continue to be the main artist on the series, but Brian Level is also popping in for some of the fun. These are artists who really bring the action and dynamism and humor to a character like Deadpool, and I love seeing them draw both these wild action sequences and the quieter character moments.

Marvel.com: Taking a moment to talk directly to the fans, why should they come aboard for the Mercs for Money’s newest storyline?

Cullen Bunn: This is a brand new start for the MERCS FOR THE MONEY. A new team. New team dynamics. Shocking new powers and mysteries for the team members. New threats. Issue #4 might as well be the first issue of a new series, because I’m launching some big stories in this book. You know how you missed the Dark Phoenix Saga because you were too young to read it, you missed the issue, or you just didn’t bother to pick up those books. Don’t make that mistake here.

Everything changes for DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY beginning with issue #4 in October!

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The Human Rocket joins Marvel's epic MMO, plus you can now team-up with the Wasp!

“Marvel Heroes 2015” has added the Human Rocket to its roster, with both Richard Rider and Sam Alexander now available as Nova in the epic MMO!

With the latest update to the game, not only can fans add Nova to their team of heroes, but you can also team-up with the mighty Wasp!

We’ve got a new trailer showing both Novas plus the Wasp in action directly above and a full gallery of images directly below, so check it all out and join in on the fun now at MarvelHeroes.com!

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See which heroes from the Marvel Universe made their mark with us during this pivotal decade!

As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we made it to the 1990’s, and “Marvel Reborn,” a period of equal parts success and upheaval, which saw a variety of different characters spin out of established franchises as well as make their own indelible mark on the Marvel Universe.

This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1990’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

10. GHOST RIDER (Danny Ketch)
First Appearance: GHOST RIDER (1990) #1
Why He’s #10: “So-called legacy heroes almost never survive in the Marvel Universe, but Danny Ketch is the exception that proves the rule. The second Ghost Rider debuted in 1990 and soon blazed his own trail. Flaming chains whipping about him, the anti-hero clashed with the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and especially the Punisher. But most often the Rider saved his vengeance for Blackout, the dark villain who murdered his sister. Ketch soon learned he was the long-lost brother of original Rider Johnny Blaze, and the pair teamed up both as a duo and with the mystic team known as the Midnight Sons. Since then, Ketch has remained an active part of the Rider’s world.” – Kiel Phegley
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GHOST RIDER (1990) #5

Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

9. THE SCARLET SPIDER (Ben Reilly)
First Appearance: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118
Why He’s #9: “Created to be a villain and destroy Spider-Man, the clone who would come to be known as Ben Reilly had every reason to take the easy way out: slay Peter Parker, steal his life, and no one would be the wiser. In the end, however, Reilly was too much like the man whose DNA and memories he shared to either kill Peter or reject the axiom of with ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Thus, although it often left him grieving for the life he could not have, Reilly donned the costume of the Scarlet Spider and protected people, alongside his genetic twin, on his own, or with the New Warriors. The Scarlet Spider, time and again, rejected that which seemed to promise him his best chances at happiness so he could do the right thing proving, clone or not, he was unquestionably a hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #122

Gambit by David Yardin

Gambit by David Yardin

8. GAMBIT
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #266
Why He’s #8: “Gambit defines the idiom ‘lucky at cards, unlucky in love.’ The charismatic mutant from New Orleans exemplifies cool. He has slick powers, an incredibly tragic love life—you gotta pull for him and Rogue—and he’s got style to spare. Since bursting on the scene in 1990, Remy LeBeau has pretty much batted the cycle as far as mutants are concerned. He’s been an intricate part of the X-Men and X-Factor, he’s partnered with Storm, had a piece of his brain taken by Mr. Sinister, and he even rolled with the Horsemen Of Apocalypse as Death himself. Trained by the Thieves’ Guild, the Ragin’ Cajun has more than a few tricks up his sleeve and continues to prove why it’s always best to play with a full deck of cards—especially when you can make them explode.” – Rick Laprade
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GAMBIT (1993) #1

Domino

Domino

7. DOMINO
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98
Why She’s #7: “Thanks to her probability manipulation powers, things just seem to fall into place for the mercenary-turned-super hero named Domino. Don’t let her black and white demeanor fool you; this gun slinging and wisecracking mutant has one colorful personality. She even has a few different first appearances under her pouch covered belt, making her a contender for the most ‘90’s member of the extremely radical X-Force. She first appeared in NEW MUTANTS #98 as one of Cable’s go-to allies, and she helped him make the teen team more militaristic. A later visit from Deadpool revealed that Domino to be an imposter and also brought the genuine article into the fray. With her identity straightened out and her place on X-Force secured, Domino has evolved into the X-Men’s resident black ops specialist and good luck charm—accept no substitutes.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight:
X-FORCE #107

Marvel.com's Top 1990's Heroes

Marvel.com’s Top 1990’s Heroes

6. WAR MACHINE (James Rhodes)
First Appearance: IRON MAN #282
Why He’s #6: “It cannot be easy to be the follow-up act, especially when the person you are following is named Tony Stark and the role is Iron Man. That was life for James Rhodes who was recruited and periodically donned the armor of his friend and boss. But Rhodes became more than a stand-in and before long he had to strike out on his own. Rechristening himself War Machine and piloting the Variable Threat Response Battle Suit armor, he quickly proved that he was no mere second fiddle. Guided by his own morality now, Rhodes did not always fall into lockstep behind his friend or the Avengers, but there was never any doubt that he was every bit the hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
IRON MAN #310

The New Warriors

The New Warriors

5. THE NEW WARRIORS
First Appearance: THOR #411
Why They’re #5: “By the time we reached the 90’s, we had the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, and all their various spin-off groups, but these teams represented the past—those of us just coming into comics needed heroes for our generation. Enter the New Warriors, a new team with a diverse line-up featuring dark vigilante Night Thrasher, experienced hero Nova, conflicted mutant Firestar, straight arrow Marvel Boy, hot-tempered Namorita, and, of course, Speedball. The interpersonal drama generated by their extremely varied backgrounds and social beliefs—also: kissing—proved just as enjoyable to read about as them taking on foes like Psionex or The Sphinx. Two themes pervaded the initial run of the New Warriors: figuring out how to do the right thing in a more complicated world than other heroes came up in and making the hard choices that came with that mission statement. The original New Warriors have been often imitated, but never quite duplicated due to the unique love this combination of characters and their complex adventures yielded.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
AVENGERS #341

X-Force by Greg Capullo

X-Force by Greg Capullo

4. X-FORCE
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #100 
Why They’re #4: “After years of waiting to become the next X-Men, the New Mutants had become impatient. Abandoned by their supposed mentors, from Professor X to Magneto and the rest of the adult mutant group, they lacked direction. Enter Cable. The mysterious soldier from the future took control of the teen team and forged them into the paramiltary X-Force unit, proactively attacking threats ignored by the X-Men and X-Factor. However, before long, Cannonball and company would show their new leader as much as he imparted on them, and X-Force would prove to be the melting pot of all their teachers’ philosophies. With or without Cable at the head of the table, the one-time X-Men-in-waiting turned out to be the mutants who could balance multiple dreams and do what needed to be done in order to advance their cause.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight: X-FORCE (1991) #1

The Thunderbolts by Mark Bagley

The Thunderbolts by Mark Bagley

3. THE THUNDERBOLTS
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #449 
Why They’re #3: Do not pretend otherwise. There is no shame in it. The Thunderbolts surprised us all. Looking for all the world like a generic Avengers, a sort of copy of a copy standing in for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes after the events of Onslaught caused most of that team to disappear, the T-bolts hardly seemed to be poised to provide one of the biggest twist endings of the 90’s. And yet, there, on the final page, stood the team revealed as their true selves: the Masters of Evil in hero drag. What makes the Thunderbolts endear, however, comes after that moment. They were not just a twist ending in their first issue, but a complicated and challenging story of loyalty, redemption, world domination, love, interdimensional travel, and more. That template, established from the moment they arrived on the scene, has kept the team relevant through multiple volumes and lineups. Not bad for a team that had us all thinking they were Avengers-lite.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1


Deadpool

Deadpool

2. DEADPOOL
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98
Why He’s #2: “Who’s Deadpool? Some call him an opportunist, some call him an anti-hero, still others call him late for dinner, but there’s no denying that the infamous ‘Merc with a Mouth’ himself thinks he’s the greatest mutant manhunter this poor world’s ever been saddled with. Wade Wilson’s got this incredible personal healing factor, see? With that in his arsenal, plus a few big guns and even bigger knives, he’s the guy you hire when all the smart people say ‘no!’ Deadpool will go anywhere, do anything, eat anything! And like it! I mean weird, right? All this along with his inimitable sick sense of humor made him a standout in his early appearances; when the razor’s edge walk between moral and unhinged kicked in not long after—a balance he struggles to maintain to this day—he became one of Marvel’s most indelible additions in recent memory.” – Jim Beard
Digital Comics Spotlight:
DEADPOOL (1993) #1


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1. CABLE
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #87
Why He’s #1: “For better or worse, no Marvel character better embodies the 1990’s better than Nathan Summers, aka Cable. He burst on the scene enshrouded in mystery, his striking design and massive weapons assuring that nobody would ignore him. Whereas the New Mutants had forever been the overshadowed younger siblings to the X-Men, Cable imparted his ‘get them before they can get you’ philosophy on them and created X-Force. As the decade wore on, the enigmatic origins of the character came unraveled, revealing his ties to Cyclops and a troubled childhood he overcame through grit and faith in his destiny. The Cable who exited the 90’s only superficially resembled the one who entered it; embracing his lineage but not letting go of the experiences that forged him, he became equal parts soldier and philosopher. Early on, Cable may have seemed a fleeting figured destined to fade with his era, but the deeper layers to the character ensured his vibrant march into the modern day.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
CABLE: BLOOD & METAL #1

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Cable visits a library and Rictor remembers to leave a note in this action-packed issue!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one fresh fact at a time! This week we’re singling out NEW MUTANTS #98 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Here’s “The Beginning of the End” by the numbers!

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

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3907 minutes pass from the first page to the last — 8:22 AM on December 3 to 1:29 AM on December 6

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

41 visible books in the X-Mansion library, most likely all ruined by that BWOMPOOM

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

20 visible pouches, compartments, and capsules on Deadpool’s costume

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

15 KLIKs

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

5 potential recruits quickly dismissed by Cable

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

5 visible pouches on Domino’s belt — and 3 knives in Deadpool’s back

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

4 questions asked by Boom Boom in 1 panel

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

1 goodbye letter

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

The merc with a mouth gets a rematch with the militant mutants next month in DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1!

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