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Foundationed Deep – Deadpool and Banshee

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particularly odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today we look at the surprising connection between Deadpool and the X-Man known as Banshee!


Banshee is a fascinating subject for this type of thing because when you look at the various members of the X-Men, Banshee is right up there with Wolverine in terms of having the biggest blank slate in his past. He is older than most of the X-Men and we know very little of his past before he became a member of the X-Men, so there’s lots of room to say, “Oh hey, did you know that Banshee knew ____?”

That’s exactly what happened in Deadpool: Sins of the Past, a 1994 mini-series that featured Mark Waid’s debut work for Marvel Comics. The mini-series was initially drawn by Ian Churchill and Jason Minor. In the previous Deadpool mini-series from the previous year (by Fabian Nicieza and Joe Madureira), we had established that Deadpool was familiar with Black Tom Cassidey.

In this sequel series, Cassidey’s cousin, Banshee (along with Banshee’s daughter, Siryn), tries to find out where his cousin has been taken following the events of the previous series. During this point, Banshee comes across Deadpool, who is also about to be taken prisoner by the same people who have Black Tom.

In the process, we learn that Banshee and Deadpool know each other…

The “Fabouk affair” is explained in the following issue, with artwork by Lee Weeks and Bob McCleod…

Banshee seems to know Deadpool from beyond that first meeting, at least based on the dialogue in their meeting in issue #1, but if so, those interactions have not yet been elaborated on.

While Banshee and Deadpool have not had much interaction since, Deadpool and Siryn became connected for many years after this initial meeting.

If you have a suggestion for a future edition of Foundationed Deep, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


I’ll say it because others will — that Lee Weeks art is so much awesome. He’s still got it, too, as seen in the recent 3 issues of Daredevil Dark Nights he did.

Banshee was an agent of Interpol for some time in the past. If I remember well, his original wife was murdered while he was on a mission. And that time Banshee spent in Interpol has been practically not approached.
Considering that Deadpool appears to have connection with every hidden program in the Marvel Universe, he could have participated in Interpol missions, with Banshee… or not… hehe

I think it was also revealed in an early issue of Generation X (9 or 10 maybe??) that Banshee met Magneto long before he was an X-Man.

Mark Waid and Lee Weeks – can it be that I actually want to read a Deadpool comic?

Observation #1: Ian Churchill has never drunk a bottle of beer in his life.

Observation #2: Sean Cassidy’s atrocious Irish accent is apparently a post-traumatic response to having his life saved by Deadpool, as it suddenly appears after Deadpool drops thru the skylight.

Cass: As strange as it may seem 90s Deadpool was very good. The Fabien Niceiza and Mark Waid written minis really began to flesh out the character, and then Joe Kelly’s run on the ongoing gave a lot of pathos to Deadpool, and had a real emotional core and some very strong writing.

It’s only in the last decade that the stale joke spouting version really came into prominence and even then there has been some strong work.

Niceiza’s Cable and Deadpool was a great, unlikely, buddy-cop style book, and Remender used Deadpool to great effect in Uncanny X Force where he was occasionally the voice of reason and restraint. Remender wrote a great scene where Deadpool gave advice to Kid Apocalypse on how to be more than what people expect of you.

And the current volume of Deadpool written by Posehn and Duggan has been really good. It is more joke-y than most of the above mentioned versions, but it is also really nuanced. The latest arc The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was really heart-wrenching, and included one of my favourite Captain America moments from any comic.

When Banshee first showed up, he appeared to be a crook. When was it established he was actually an Interpol agent?

given that deadpool is from weapon x and banshee was an interpool agent in the mu would not be surprised if they knew each other way longer then what we learned plus the fact deadpool would be know banshee through syrins time in x-force.

One of Banshee’s most overlooked powers is his giant, mutated, beer-holding left hand (bottom panel of page 4).

@Stephen Conway

Agreed on all points.

I might add that the, ahem, “silent interlude” scene in the recent Original Sin tie-in, issue #34, I think, was incredibly well done and unexpectedly haunting.

There are at least 5 X’s on Banshee’s costume. Geez.

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