The Undead Pool is a spoof on the Marvel and DC superhero comic book and film universes by Derek Ailes. The first book simply entitled The Undead Pool will be released in a few weeks. Welcome to the first behind the scenes on writing the first novel.
Several months ago, after reading a graphic novel spoofing all the major science fiction and horror franchises, which was sponsored by Rifftrax.com, the idea popped in my head about creating a whole cinematic universe spoofing all the comic book characters I grew up idolizing. Deadpool was dominating the box office and the first couple of trailers of Batman vs. Superman had just debut on the internet. I wanted to do a series that not only made fun of, but also, celebrated every comic book character created by DC and Marvel. Being a huge fan of Deadpool, I knew that the main character had to be based on him. I thought a character that was a parody of a comic book character that already was a parody of another comic book character would be pure gold. I thought what if he was a superhero that became a zombie and was brought back from the darkness. I’m a very sarcastic individual and knew I could bring the character to life. I never had as much fun writing as I did writing dialogue for Mace Murdock, A.K.A. The Undead Pool.
The next task was to pick which characters I wanted in the first book. I wanted to stay away from the obvious characters like Superman and Batman. Since there are so many inconsistencies between each of the X-men movies, I thought spoofing X-men would be the perfect place to start. There had to be a parody of Wolverine. Tigernaut was born. I wanted to have a similar origin story as Wolverine, but in a comedic way. There is also a parody of Professor X; Professor Zagar. Deadpool has a long history with Cable and I created Stable, a metallic horse-like creature, to fill that role. Stable, like Cable, has the ability to travel through time.
Before I began writing the novel, I mapped out all the scenes I wanted to parody. Combing through several Deadpool graphic novels, watching hundreds of hours of Marvel and DC animations and all the cinematic movies, reading as much of the history of both franchises and playing the Deadpool video game, I came up with the best scenes to parody. The first scene in the novel is a direct parody of the beginning of the Deadpool movie. There are several scenes that were parodies from the Deadpool video game.
Every comic book series has to have a strong super-villain. Zarathustra, a parody of both Sinister and The Joker, is the perfect villain for the Undead Pool. Stable and the Undead Pool must battle him in the present and in the past. Zarathustra is responsible for transforming Mace Murdock into the Undead Pool. He is the yin to Mace’s yang.
Like Deadpool, the Undead Pool is filled with cultural references and strange humor which will keep the reader entertained from start to finish. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few decades, you’ll recognize a majority of the movies and television shows I’m parodying. There are some references that only the diehard comic book fans will recognize and others, everybody will. It doesn’t matter if you’re a diehard comic fan or a casual one, you will enjoy the book.
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