|Deadpool meets Moby Dick in Marvel Comics Deadpool Killustarted #1 written by Cullen Bunn |
with art from penciller Matteo Lolli and inker Sean Parsons.
What I had really looked forward to were the literary Easter eggs that I imagined the literate Bunn would include in a world full of such possibilties. What I was pleasantly surprised with was the relevance of some of them to a book I had recently begun sharing with my eleventh grade students.
|Tolstoy: not from his short story "Family Happiness", but Anna Karenina, |
though the quote seems applicable to both stories... and Into the Wild.
Two of these turned up in Deadpool Killusrated: directly, Melville's Moby-Dick, and more indirectly, Leo Tolstoy's "Family Happiness."
The narrative text of Chapter 3 of Krakauer's Into the Wild is prefaced with a passage highlighted by Chris from Leo Tolstoy's short story. Given the similarities between the theme of "Family Happiness," published in 1859, and the line from Anna Karenina, first published later in installments from 1873-1877, then ultimately as a formal "novel" in 1878, read by Deadpool above it is fair to say there may very well be a connection (albeit of the six degrees sort) between Tolstoy's story and Bunn's use of the pages in Deadpool Killustrated. Okay, that is a reach...
Chapter 5 of Into the Wild is introduced by graffiti found inside the abandoned bus on Stampede Trail where Chris McCandless' body was found, which reads in part "All Hail the Dominant Primordial Beast! And Captain Ahab, too!" (38). In my Teacher Footnotes to students as part of their pre-reading I informed them that "Captain Ahab was the tyrannical captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick; he is driven by a monomaniacal desire to kill Moby Dick, the whale that had maimed him off the coast of Japan."
The preview for the second issue of Deadpool Killustarted promises a meeting between the Merc with a Mouth and Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. Of Course, Twain's The advcnures of Tom sawyer introduced the world to Huckleberry Finn, whose own adventures are also excerpted prior to Chapter 7 of Into the Wild... the mind reels at the possibilities!