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Critical Directions in Comics Studies$
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Thomas Giddens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828996

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828996.001.0001

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“There Is a Man … with a Typewriter”

“There Is a Man … with a Typewriter”

Deadpool as Existential Antihero, Breaking the Fourth Wall of Meaningful Existence

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(p.54) 3 “There Is a Man … with a Typewriter”
Source:
Critical Directions in Comics Studies
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Yasemin J. Erden

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496828996.003.0003

“Do I still think in those little yellow boxes?” asks Deadpool. The fourth wall is broken. This chapter argues that Deadpool’s fourth wall breaking smashes both his world and ours. The structure of the work is compromised; the audience’s passivity confronted. These features are central to Deadpool’s identity as are his vigilantism, anarchism, heroism, and villainy. He is rebel and monster inhabiting a world without certainty, without meaningful existence or relations between reason and action. A world not, in fact, so unlike our own. Deadpool is an existentialist antihero with whose actions the reader becomes entangled. He enacts existential ideas of limitless choice, action, and responsibility in a world (both his and ours) where life can be laughably yet painfully meaningless. He shows us what Sartre described when he said we are condemned to be free. A burden that is both liberating and overwhelming.

Keywords:   Deadpool, Sartre, Existentialism, Antihero, Fourth wall

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