Deadpool Makes Nod To ‘Chainsaw Man’ In New Comic Series

It’s no secret that creators often make pop culture references in their works, and the same goes for a new Deadpool comic book issue. In a show of tribute to the popular Chainsaw Man, Deadpool #1 by Code Ziglar and Roge Antonio has included a nice little easter egg of an infamous scene, alongside a namedrop.

The issue sees everyone’s favourite foul-mouthed mercenary unleashing his inner Aki Hayakawa, as he summons his own iteration of a Fox Devil after asking his foe, “You ever seen Chainsaw Man?”. Following the response of “What the hell is that—?”, the latter gets his torso chomped off in an almost perfect replica of the animanga’s “Kon” moment.

In the series, “Kon” is the word Aki says while making a special sign to summon the Fox Devil. The ability was first introduced in chapter 10 of the ongoing manga, which began serialising in 2018. It received an anime adaptation by MAPPA in 2022, and currently has a film titled Chainsaw Man — The Movie: Reze Arc in the works.

One of the most popular releases in recent years, Chainsaw Man follows Denji, an impoverished teenager who makes a contract that fuses his body with that of a dog-like Devil named Pochita, granting him the ability to transform parts of his body into chainsaws. The first season consists of 12 episodes and is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Netflix in Singapore.

Published on 3 April, Deadpool #1 introduces a “a new villain who won’t stop until he catches Wade in his Death Grip.” The second issue is dropping on 8 May, with Marvel Comics describing the story:

“After botching the Montreal job and making a new enemy out of DEATH GRIP, Deadpool had the great idea to start his own boutique mercenary agency (definitely his idea! Not at all Agent Gao’s!) But a startup is a lot of work, so Wade asks TASKMASTER to run it! Their first assignment? Finding out who this Death Grip is and why he’s so interested in Wade.”