Deadpool: Black, White & Blood shrinks to four issues

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood
(Image credit: James Stokoe (Marvel Comics))

The upcoming Marvel Comics anthology Deadpool: Black, White & Blood is being cut short, as the publisher has reduced the length of the limited series.

(Image credit: Adam Kubert (Marvel Comics))

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood was originally announced and solicited as a five-issue series, but overnight the publisher informed retailers it has been reduced to four issues. 

Marvel did not share the reason for this change.

"Like a classic black & white movie, but with way more blood!" reads Marvel Comics' description of Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #1. "What's black, white, and red all over? Three blood-drenched tales of violence and mayhem led by Marvel's Mirthful Mercenary himself, Deadpool! You want to see today's top talent take it to the hilt to bring you the wildest Wade Wilson adventures yet?! This is the book for you! It's as plain as black and white. And red."

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #1 will include stories by:

  • Writer Tom Taylor and artist Phil Noto
  • Writer Ed Brisson with artist Whilce Portacio and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg
  • Writer/artist James Stokoe

Here's a preview of all three of those Deadpool: Black, White Blood #1 stories:

Future issues include work by Karla Pacheco, Leonard Kirk, David & Maria Lapham, Daniel Warren Johnson, and Pete Woods.

(Image credit: Declan Shalvey (Marvel Comics))

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood is part of a year-long celebration of the Merc with a Mouth's 30th anniversary that has included one-shots, variant covers, and now this anthology series. A special Wolverine/Deadpool crossover book was previously teased to be coming out later this year as well.

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood is also the latest in a string of color-coded anthologies that have become a trend for both Marvel and DC. While DC has gone for different colors over a black & white format, Marvel's two previous color-coded series - one for Wolverine, and one for Carnage - have both gone with the 'Black, White & Blood' idea. As the old journalism adage goes, 'if it bleeds, it leads.'

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #1 (of 4) goes on sale on August 4. A treasury edition of Deadpool: Black, White & Blood is scheduled for January 4, 2022.

Five issues, four issues… how about 10? Here are our recommended best Deadpool stories of all time. 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)