One of the many awesome Marvel-related announcements revealed at SDCC was the solicit for October's Deadpool, er, Shakespool. Deadpool #21, scheduled to be released in October 2016, will feature a 60 page backup story featuring Shakespool, "The Mercenary of Venice". Even better? The backup will be written by none other than Ian Doescher, who is famed for his Shakespeare's Star Wars works.
For the unfamiliar, Shakespeare's Star Wars is a series of books that take the story told by the Star Wars films and puts it into Shakespearean language, transforming it into something amazing. If that hasn't convinced you, the "beeps" and "boops" from R2D2 serve as the chorus and narration, giving an extra layer of amazing to the work (and, if you rewatch Star Wars with that in mind, it sort of transforms the movies as well, turning R2D2 into a misunderstood and oft-ignored narrator).
Doescher was "thrilled" when Marvel approached him with the idea, saying that "Deadpool is a fantastic Shakespearean character 0 someone who is sarcastic and funny and constantly breaking the fourth wall." Doescher elaborated, saying that Deadpool was reminiscent of some of "Shakespeare's wittiest characters" including Much Ado About Nothing's Benedick and Othello's Iago as just a few. A few hints about the nature of the story fans can expect to read were also revealed:
Deadpool's main goal is to get back to his own world. He wakes up in a Shakespearean world and doesn't have a clue how he got there or why the heck he's speaking in iambic pentameter. His goal through the entire comic, then, is just to find his way back.
Those who happen to be Shakespeare fans as well as comic book fans can look forward to reading about Deadpool's encounters with characters such as Hamlet, Romeo, Juliet, Macbeth, and King Lear as he struggles to find his way home.
The lead story will be penned by regular Deadpool scribe Gerry Duggan, and will feature art from guest artist Matteo Lolli. The Shakespearean themed back up will feature artwork by Bruno Oliveira.
The official solicit reads:
You can't keep a good Madcap down! First, this massively oversized issue brings you the return of Deadpool's greatest nemesis. He's back (in the most horrific way possible) and he's out for revenge! Then, say hello to SHAKESPOOL, THE MERCENARY OF VENICE as Deadpool goes Shakespeare for an all-new 60-page tale by Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare's Star Wars series). Those old plays you were supposed to read in English class just got a lot more interesting. Don't say we never taught you anything!
Deadpool #21 will be released in October.