Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza returns to the character for 'Reign of X' tie-in

X-Men Unlimited excerpt
X-Men Unlimited excerpt (Image credit: Matt Horak (Marvel Comics))

Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza is returning to Marvel's Merc with a Mouth for a new story-arc to run in the digital-first X-Men Unlimited series. Beginning with December 6's X-Men Unlimited #13, Nicieza and artist Matt Horak are taking over the series for an eight-part storyline featuring Deadpool and another X-Men character Nicieza has some influence in - the Juggernaut.

(Nicieza wrote the recent limited series Juggernaut: No Stopping Now.) 

X-Men Unlimited #13 cover (Image credit: Matt Horak (Marvel Comics))

This Deadpool/Juggernaut storyline in X-Men Unlimited is titled 'Paradise Lost' - tying into the two characters' exclusion from the so-called mutant paradise that is Krakoa, the island nation mutants started several years ago during House of X / Powers of X. It has grown to be a bastion of mutant pride, but has a strict mutants-only policy - which leaves Deadpool and Juggernaut on the outside looking in.

The X-Men Unlimited #13 - #20 storyline however will see that mutantkind still needs non-mutant allies, such as Deadpool and Juggernaut. In this case, the duo is recruited to solve an as-yet-unspecified problem that mutants aren't quite fit for somehow. Newsarama has learned that somehow this involves a new Marvel villain being created just for this storyline.

X-Men Unlimited #14 cover (Image credit: Matt Horak (Marvel Comics))

As with previous installments of the digital-first X-Men Unlimited series, the Deadpool/Juggernaut storyline will be presented in Marvel's 'Infinity Comics' format - a vertically-scrolling comics format built for mobile devices.

"It's a very different style of storytelling that took some getting used to, but once I figured some things out I had a lot of fun!," says Horak in the announcement. "Being able to create long scrolling sequences that wouldn't be possible on a page was really exciting. There's an awesome new villain that was an absolute treat to design. It's a new spin on a classic bad guy that involved referencing a ton of obscure corners of the Marvel Universe."

The Deadpool/Juggernaut 'Paradise Lost' storyline debuts with December 6's X-Men Unlimited #13, and will run weekly through the final chapter - January 24's X-Men Unlimited #20.

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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)