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Meta-Messages – Christopher Priest Gets the Last Laugh on…Himself?!

All October long I will be exploring the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator using the characters in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments! If you have a suggestion for a future meta-message, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

Commenter Jason suggested I feature this sequel to a previous Meta-Message (that you can see here) from Christopher Priest’s first issue of Deadpool. This is from Priest’s LAST issue of Deadpool!

When Priest took over Deadpool, he had Deadpool visit Limbo, where all the characters that Priest had written in the past ended up. In #45, Priest’s last issue on the book, Deadpool returns to limbo, only this time he has survived the “Priest curse” by…killing Priest!!!

That’s some heavy duty self-deprecation right there!!

Funny stuff, though. What a way to say goodbye to a title!


Deja Vu all over again. Didn’t we just go through this with the Spider-Man J. Jonah Jameson meta-message entry?

You’ve got a case of having the same page four times in a row. Unless that’s the meta-message.

Who are the hero analogues in those pages? Can anyone ID them for me? I know there’s at least a parody of Steel, Hawkman, and at least one Moon Knight in there, right?

Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Moon Knight, Green Lantern Hal Jordan (and a reference to Katma Tui), Hawkman, Steel, Black Panther, Solar Man of the Atom.

That is all I immediately recognize.


There’s also The Ray, Black Panther, Power Man, and Iron Fist. Not sure who the blond guys with the domino mask and the red bandana are supposed to be.

I believe that the blond with the bandana is Ka-Zar. The one with the mask is a stand-in for Hal Jordan. Look at the partially exposed symbol in the last panel.

I also recognize Xero from Priest’s series at DC.

Too bad he’s supposedly retired.

interesting way for priest to have ended his run love all the characters complaining of what priest did when he wrote them plus dead pool being upset over his face being made unscarred.

He turned me into a newt!

Thanks for the play-by-play, chad.

I remember being really disappointed in this run. Following Kelly couldn’t have been easy, but it just felt like Mr. Priest was wrong for the book to begin with.

Nice to see that Brian reads my comments. Seriously, while I wasn’t expecting Priest to equal Joe Kelly’s level of insanity, his run was a serious disappointment . . . though I think editorial direction had a lot to do with that. And I don’t think any writer got a good hold on Deadpool until Gail Simone took over the book . . . and even then, she had to kill him off (temporarily) to make room for Agent X.

I just checked Amazon . . . and yes, Priest’s run will be collected and published in February from Marvel. As much as I liked Priest’s run in general, I can’t “co-sign” on this one.

Oops . . . I meant “Priest’s work,” not “Priest’s run.” Also, I will admit that Wade with Mjolnir (or a copy thereof) was funny, and the crossover with Black Panther marked the last appearance of Achebe. But the rest? *sigh*

Priest is one of the first to admit that he didn’t get Deadpool. There were a number of stumbling blocks there. But I think he go the hang of it as he went on. And the supervillain sticom bits with Titania and Constrictor were great.

Does “the goat incident” refer to something from Deadpool or to the goat from Quantum & Woody?

Scavenger . . . I would’ve liked the Seinfeld vibe . . . though I think the trip would’ve needed a “Jerry,” since Deadpool was really Kramer.

Michael Sacal . . . I think it was just a reference to ol’ Vincent, as opposed to something specific.

Jason, that’s what I thought, just wanted to be sure since I don’t read Deadpool.

The goat was a good joke in Q&W until Giffen and Nicieza screwed it up.

There were bits of the run I quite liked and bits I didn’t. I remember the space opera really dragging on. But I loved the supervillain-roommate sitcom stuff. (“It’s Mag-NET-o. Ever hear of a Mag-NEET?” — “It’s like Demi Moore. De-MI Moore.”)

Interesting that GL was coloured properly the first time, and ‘no, it’s not really him!’ coloured in this one.

Joe Kelly’s run was great. Priest’s run was good. But there was much complaining… and so we got the attrocity that was the Palmiotti run and it all went downhill in a hurry…

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