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Let's Talk About Cable and Deadpool's Pouches!

What's in them? Are they cool? The questions that plagued man for centuries. (decades)


During the 80s and 90s, when Rob Liefeld gained notoriety at Marvel, we started seeing characters with a lot of pouches on their costumes. Prior to that, Batman was the guy with the pouches, but you knew what was in those: random gadgets for crime fighting. But what about the rest of the characters? (Cable and Deadpool especially) What secrets do those pouches hold? Now, I'm not 100% positive what they hold, but through my years of journalistic work, I believe I can find out what is in those pouches. So, we need to look at the 4 "A"s of pouches.
 
Awful wind resistance.

Aerodynamics

I'd really like us to pay attention to Deadpool for this piece. Deadpool wears a skin tight suit with a couple of guns, some weird leg braces, and according to this picture, four swords. Essentially, he has a very sleek design, except when it comes to those darn pouches. Those offer much wind resistance... Think about a swimmer who doesn't shave his whole body (gross), obviously that extra hair (or pouches in this case) offers so much restistance, slowing him down. Maybe Deadpool is so fast, that he needs to be slowed down, and yes, you can use that point in your favorite Deadpool battle thread. So these pouches really work against the character, when it comes to staying quick on their feet.
 

 Not only does the Cable Poncho cover up larger pouches, it is also the new fall fashion trend!

Aesthetics

Many people say, "well the pouches are there to look cool." (And for this, we'll be looking at Cable AND Deadpool) In Cable's case, the pouches are aesthetically pleasing. The colors match very well with his weird shoulder harness thing and holster on his leg. Great color coordination! Deadpool's pouches, however, are the exact opposite. The pouches are a fashion nightmare! Oh my! The color coordination is way off. Yes, it matches the thigh braces (what are those), but the color scheme of black and red really doesn't match. Let's be honest, that ensamble would for sure get him on the last couple of pages of US Weekly for being such a fashion lagger! Someone isn't going to Milan this year Wade, and it's you! 
 
 

 What could possibly be in there? He only has two swords on him!

Ahh! I Know What's In There!

Cable has a lot of guns, and he also has a lot of robotic equipment. This robotic equipment may need batteries, whether they be AA or 9 Volt. Those pouches are a great place to hold your favorite battery. Hopefully, Cable is globally conscious and only rechargeable batteries. Cable likes to save the planet, so I'd assume so. He also needs bullets and clips, and maybe some Mentos. All of those things, including some futuristic grenades, could easily fit into those pouches. (Maybe even a new LED light for his shiny eye!) Deadpool, however, only needs bullets... and Mentos. He wouldn't be using futuristic grenades, and current grenades would not fit in there. (Trust me, I've done the complicated math) So, what's in there? Obviously, it's like a women's purse: wallet, perfume, make-up, chap-stick, cell phone, tissues, picture of niece or nephew, cough drops, and maybe a piece of chocolate or two. (I know what's in women's purses? Yes! I've also researched women!) Essentially, Deadpool is wasting the precious pouch space he has!
 

 Ok, maybe this version of Cable is not too awesome...

Awesomeness

Cable has like 50 guns in this picture, as he should have, and we discussed everything that could be in there, and it makes sense. Aesthetically, they look great and there is no real color clashing. Finally, aerodynamically, it doesn't matter because Cable is a in-yo-face type of fighter and doesn't need to "ninja" around. Cable's pouches work in every way and get a 10/10 on the awesome scale, even though it's now 2010, and pouches lost their appeal in 1995. Deadpool, on the other hand, could contain any number of bizarre things in his pouches, which makes that wasted space. Aesthetically, it clashes with his outfit. Aerodynamically, it's a mess, since he's all ninja-ie and needs to be sleek and stealthy. Let's not even get into the fact that depending on what's inside of the pouches could make noise and give away his position! What a mess! Deadpool's pouches get a 3/10. It's a waste of space, like an above-ground pool!
 
 
What do you guys think? Do pouches work? Know any other characters with better pouch use?
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Posted by Argentino_18

Pouches are off, they are ninties stuff..

Posted by Red L.A.M.P.

I like to call them "Fanny Packs".  Specially when ever I am around a British person, moohahahaha.

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Posted by timrothsays

Great article. Very informative ;)

Edited by JimmyKudo09

I disagree with you about that last pic inferiorego.  I think that outfit, for Cable, with all the pouches is totally awesome.

Posted by DH69

I CALL THEM UTILITY BAGS AND THEY ROCK MY WORLD!

Edited by Ravn
@Argentino_18 said:

" Pouches are off, they are ninties stuff.. "

Tell that to Stephanie Brown! LOL 

    
Posted by Sylar0
@Red L.A.M.P.:
HAHAHA They are fanny packs not pouches
Posted by Decept-O

These are akin to what the Army calls web gear.  They are simply belt pouches filled with ammo and other essentials.  Look at a picture of most soldiers and you will see what I'm talking about.   
 
They aren't quite as cumbersome as you may think.  If Deadpool and Cable can perform superheroics,  I doubt something as trivial as pouches would slow them down.  
 
I know you're just hating of Liefeld, which is your right, and yes, in the PAST his work was a mixed bag, but again and I will say it again, his work has improved.  I don't agree with a lot of his opinions, either but his work today is really good and just wish he wouldn't receive so much flak---pun intended. 
Posted by JLAsuperdude

I think you could hold grenades in there but anyway i think they look cool on Deadpool.

Posted by geraldthesloth
Posted by PrinceIMC
@geraldthesloth said:
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Awesome. The giant gun has pouches.....I can now die happy.
Posted by the creator
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
"I like to call them "Fanny Packs".  Specially when ever I am around a British person, moohahahaha. "

Sick, very sick LOL
Posted by SirSparkington

I do believe they poke fun at all the pouches in Deadpool #900. He has to empy them all in order to find a watch or something like that.

Posted by Pez85

@geraldthesloth said:

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Looks like Cable and Bane had a love child.
Edited by Dark Cell

  
 
they contain bullets obviously 
 
allso some are empty (deadpool mentions he dosent use them much so he stores agent X's pancreas in one at one point)      

Posted by inferiorego
@geraldthesloth said:
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win
Posted by EdwardWindsor
@Red L.A.M.P.:  why would yo usay that more around english people? we dont call um that ol
Posted by Agent Buttons
@DH69 said:
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I CALL THEM UTILITY BAGS AND THEY ROCK MY WORLD!

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LOL
Posted by SuperXAsh

Well it makes sense that guys like Cable have those pouches, as they undoubtedly have many various little things that a guy like him, who's been across time and space fighting various enemies, would possibly need. Be it little tools, (guns don't clean or fix themselves) extra ammunition, possible explosive devices (flashbangs, smoke grenades, etc.), random accessories that he might need for various tasks should said task present itself, and so on and so forth. Cable always hit me as this guy that tries to think ahead and plan for any possible problem. Which is why he's usually armed to the teeth.  
 
It's just like Batman's seemingly multi-purpose utility belt.
 
Now who knows what Deadpool keeps in those pouches, though I'm sure they serve a purpose for a wackjob merc like him. For all we know though it's probably mostly gum. :P
Posted by lozer

I love this article.

Posted by DH69
@lozer said:
"I love this article. "

agreed
Edited by CATMANEXE

whine and fail. almost any character back then who had a gun had pouches.
 




Alex Horley - Deathstroke

sorry, but Rob hardly ushered in the pouch look. its based mainly on the US Military. i think the whole idea is that
characters who operated like soldiers, would probably dress like them. its kind of hard to keep your bullets,
bombs, blades, pellets and what not in a leotard. the aesthetic needed to be updated. im thinking the inspiration was...

so Larry Hama ushered pouches into Marvel if you want to get technical in the 80's, though they were present long before.
just ask SHIELD.
 
shouldnt a second slam on Liefeld be in his forum BTW? im sure the fans of Deadpool are loving getting dissed all the time for
liking something by people that dont, and probably shouldnt be reading in that case.
 
to sum it up, fail because the pouches and gear came before Liefeld, and were still used after.
 
i still stand by my words: Is he really that bad, or is it over incessant nitpicking? I dont see it. I see some faults personally as well, 
but as i put in one of your groups other Anti-Liefeld campaigns all over the boards.
 
i understand certain fundamental problems with
Rob, and acknowledge a few with his art, but most of the views and evidence
i see presented are not substantial. he's not as bad as half of whats out there,
as a professional nor an artist, and theres some reasoning to his side too.
most people ive seen mock him would praise him in person, or already have. 
Rob created and developed alot of our favorites to this day, lest not forget
that much. X-Force, Cable, Deadpool, Domino, Shatterstar, Copycat,
Stryfe, Feral, and many more in his long tenures on New Mutants, X-Force,
X-Factor, Deadpool, Cable and many more books.And im talking about
establishment here, lets not forget our roots and how cool this stuff was when 
nitpicking his darker days and slip ups. Its funny how people keep pointing
out that they hate everything he's done, and he's that awful, yet, he created theyre
favorites at the same time. something at least to give thought to in the interest of
being rational and adjective.its fun to point at other people when were not looking in the mirror, 
but it comes off worse when our accusations are actually false.
 
seriously, i think im going to make a huge blog about "easy targets". People like Fraction, Rob,
Millar, Loeb, ect, and try and present a more adjective view and informational one as to at least 
where theyre coming for in order to even out theyre usually pointed out faults. 
 
so do the bads really outweigh the goods the guys done. 

 
and really, you know how many comic
artists i can name that have art that isnt anatomically sound, and much, much worse than Robs?
alot, especially in a field where one is taught to draw over-exaggerated characters and cartoon ones.
 
and yes, this is me. devils advocate.


now ill play ball, so you dont think im Robs press agent or something either. He makes alot of weird anatomy.
He's gotten better as others have stated, and it isnt always off, just sometimes, which again, is nothing i havent
seen worse of. Personally my big urk with him is the male face. its in the first picture in this thread. he over uses
the teeth grit constipated make face. ive never liked that, but it didnt bother me to an extreme. the things i dont
agree with are costume points. if Rob does something right, its design characters. People actually leave that stuff
in the costumes he created, and thats saying something. Also, the mention of this stuff coming out in his early work. 
No one was bothered by it then, and actually anyone who liked the characters thought it was cool, admit to it or not.
I see him as bad, but not that bad, and the great characters he gave certainly give him more deserving credit.
the major proof of this again is the fact that Marvel has this guy return to books, they ask him, for one reason:
the sales of books increase when he does, and he gets thanks for it.
 
oddly, had i brought this to light first, i would be called for insinuating a flamewar. just thought id point that out.
bashing something and not expecting a rebuttle is sort of ridiculous, especially when you post it numerous times in a few days.
no malice in those words, but just noticing the little details, as one would to artist license. lol.
 
all in all this is a bash on Deadpool as usual, and using Liefeld as a springboard. sad part is, Cable #25, and Deadpool Corps 
are not  essential books for anyone to buy, so if you really are bothered by it, you dont have to be bothered by it at all. you then reserve
the right to not spend money o something thats not your preference. but that being the case, why continue on those who do?
 
and of course if its still a huge deal, as it seems to be, show some brass and do what you people do.
get Rob on this site, interview him and confront him on these issues, so everyone can get to the bottom
of it and find a happy medium.
Posted by jamesewelch
@SirSparkington said:
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I do believe they poke fun at all the pouches in Deadpool #900. He has to empy them all in order to find a watch or something like that.

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Yep. I was going to post the same thing after reading the article. 
 
Check out #900 to see what's in Deadpool pouches as he pours them onto the ground looking for his watch.
Posted by themaskedhero

I believe Deadpool covered this in his first few issues of Deadpool (2008), while training with the Skrulls. 
 
It's so he has somewhere to put all the pieces he gets cut off.

Posted by Illyana Rasputin

Pouches are practical. When you are combating an other-worldly tyrant, you HAVE to be able to get to your Chapstick! It is imperative to be able to access hand grenades, lock picks, batteries, and instant coffee wherever, and whenever, is necessary. 
 

X-Force #19

I give you Boom Boom! LOOK at all of the extra compartments! Plasma bombs are great, but what if she needs a two-shot Derringer in a pinch? Pouches are just common sense.
Posted by geraldthesloth
@Illyana Rasputin: are those Braces!?
 
 
Also just cause it's liefeld bashing time.
 





Posted by CATMANEXE
@geraldthesloth: lol. what makes it funnier is the fact that Lobo has pouches and the top half of his body is disproportionate.
Posted by Illyana Rasputin
@geraldthesloth said:
" @Illyana Rasputin: are those Braces!?
 
 
Also just cause it's liefeld bashing time.
 





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Actually Boom Boom's jaw was broken. They had to wire it shut.
Posted by CATMANEXE
@Illyana Rasputin: 
modern

i like the fact that she was matured a bit, she should be. should have kept the short punky hair though.
Posted by InnerVenom123

It's for keeping breath mints. I mean, with Deadpool's face, he should at least have good breath. 
 
As for the John Connor knock-off, idk, storing ammo?
Posted by Mbecks14

nothing is cool about pouches

Posted by inferiorego
@CATMANEXE: Well sir, I'm not slamming Rob. I just wanted to write about the worthlessness of pouches and I used Rob's pic as an example. Deadpool and Cable were the examples because that's the first two people that popped in my head when I thought "pouches" 
 
I like how lots of people think I'm planning some master scheme on making fun Rob Liefeld. I'm really not, I'm talking about pouches.
Edited by CATMANEXE
@inferiorego: its cool. im obviously mucho fiesty about the issue, because there has been a Liefeld slamfest already in progress, and, well i like defending the underdogs and as pointed out give credit where credit is actually due. i in fact just got finished with the newest issue of Merc With A Mouth and his art was easily the best in it, and his art was drastically improved over the Heroes Reborn days.
sorry i more than insinuated you. i got PM after PM about my support of both Rob and Deadpool. added, the sbjects i your threads were copied elsewhere following myself as stated. ill back off the issue so i dont go the route of stressing myself out, as ive already said what i felt needed to be said. again, he's not that bad.
 
as for the pouches i think you got your answers here. 
personally ill take them over leg straps with nothing connected to them any day. lol.
 
well here, i think this picture will help to clarify

Posted by Vance Astro

There is nothing wrong with pouches or utility belts but Leifeld can't draw and he overdoes it.

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Posted by xerox_kitty
@Red L.A.M.P. said:

"I like to call them "Fanny Packs".  Specially when ever I am around a British person, moohahahaha. "

That ALWAYS makes me snigger like a little kid when they say that on TV... 
 
@Illyana Rasputin said:
"Pouches are practical. When you are combating an other-worldly tyrant, you HAVE to be able to get to your Chapstick! It is imperative to be able to access hand grenades, lock picks, batteries, and instant coffee wherever, and whenever, is necessary. 
 

X-Force #19
I give you Boom Boom! LOOK at all of the extra compartments! Plasma bombs are great, but what if she needs a two-shot Derringer in a pinch? Pouches are just common sense. "

True, it's not like she gave herself any pockets with that outfit (even if it isn't a Liefeld drawn picture ;) 
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Posted by azmoday

hey, 
 
I actually really like that pic of cable in your first post .. i think its pretty sweet!  
 
Hm.. i guess pouches contain a bunch of random stuff like ammo .. but you never see them go into the... In my opinion i think pouches are realy cool.. i dunno why .. i just think they add more to the character!
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

we still haven't hit the final frontier, skin pouches

Posted by TheBug

I like pouches when the character actually uses them. Batman has his gadgets, Dr.Midnight has his medical equipment, but what hell does Deadpool carry? Bullets?
Posted by Red L.A.M.P.
@lazystudent said:
" @Red L.A.M.P.:  why would yo usay that more around english people? we dont call um that ol "
Exactly!
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Posted by EdwardWindsor
@Red L.A.M.P.:  we would probs be to polite to comment on it and then jsut laugh about it later
Posted by Icariscubed

Pouches only work on the right characters, and of course "less & more" as they say.

Edited by Kid_Zombie

What a weird article. Just felt like bitching today eh? ha ha Anyways I agree with this; @Decept-O said:

" These are akin to what the Army calls web gear.  They are simply belt pouches filled with ammo and other essentials.  Look at a picture of most soldiers and you will see what I'm talking about.    They aren't quite as cumbersome as you may think.  If Deadpool and Cable can perform superheroics,  I doubt something as trivial as pouches would slow them down.   I know you're just hating of Liefeld, which is your right, and yes, in the PAST his work was a mixed bag, but again and I will say it again, his work has improved.  I don't agree with a lot of his opinions, either but his work today is really good and just wish he wouldn't receive so much flak---pun intended.  "

Posted by Red L.A.M.P.
@lazystudent said:
" @Red L.A.M.P.:  we would probs be to polite to comment on it and then jsut laugh about it later "
Yeah and I would keep saying it to see who I can make uncomfortable. :)
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Posted by bloodshed

a super-hero might need  a communication device,medical suplies,food rations,ammo,flashlight,scanning equipment and so on. 
when i was in the army we carried around all kinds of crap in our packs.
Posted by Gothic Storm

FINALLY!!! Someone finally comes out and discusses this topic after all these years. I know it's been mentioned from time to time, but I'm glad this finally gets the full on treatment. I mean seriously, do they keep anti-itch cream, condoms, bubble gum, lucky charms, and spare keys in those pouches? Cable has all those energy plasma guns... Why does he need all those pouches? Definitely not for storing extra ammo! Maybe that's where he keeps his meds. I think I saw them faintly marked S M T W Th F S.

Posted by EdwardWindsor
@Red L.A.M.P.:  if you said to a a proepr northerner  or chave they would just say whats that it sounds gay
Posted by Omega The Supreme Being

there is one character who i think makes pouches work and that would be wesley gibson aka the killer his whole costume is kick ass

Edited by Gothic Storm
@geraldthesloth: That pic of Cable is hilarious!!! (and not too far off from Liefeld either)
Posted by inferiorego
@Gothic Storm said:
" FINALLY!!! Someone finally comes out and discusses this topic after all these years. I know it's been mentioned from time to time, but I'm glad this finally gets the full on treatment. I mean seriously, do they keep anti-itch cream, condoms, bubble gum, lucky charms, and spare keys in those pouches? Cable has all those energy plasma guns... Why does he need all those pouches? Definitely not for storing extra ammo! Maybe that's where he keeps his meds. I think I saw them faintly marked S M T W Th F S. "
This is one of my favorite replies ever.
Posted by Gennadius
 

the pouches are to put his dead body parts in 
 

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