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Deadpool holds up a string of paper cutouts of himself in various costumes, on the cover of Deadpool: The End, Marvel Comics (2020).

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Deadpool dons the Batman Who Laughs’ duds to take a shot at DC

The Merc with a Mouth goes out with a laugh

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Here’s a mea culpa: I didn’t expect Marvel’s The End series of one-shots to actually be pretty good. Venom: The End knocked my socks off, and now this week’s Deadpool: The End is at least providing some sensible chuckles by taking the piss out of DC Comics.

As is only fitting, Deadpool: The End doesn’t just tell one story about how Wade Wilson could meet his improbable end, it gives the reader 10 different potential endings of various fourth-wall-breaking levels, including one that dresses Wade up like the Batman Who Laughs as he makes a reference to Joker and rags on about superhero stories that get overly dark.

(And it’s not even the only Marvel Comic to be doing so this week — read on, True Believer.)

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. If you missed last week, click here. Let’s get started!

Deadpool: The End

Deadpool, wearing a spiked headband, makes a veiled reference to Joker (the movie) while the Avengers stand around being moody in a thunderstorm, in Deadpool: The End #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Joe Kelly, Mike Hawthorne/Marvel Comics

Ahh, a vague aggregate that safely encompasses not only several films in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics slate, but also DC Comics’ Year of the Villain event.

Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #3

Star Trek: Picard - Countdown provides some nice supplemental information for the Picard TV show, but it also has this wonderfully put summation of the good Captain’s most devastating moments.

Suicide Squad #2

The “Suicide Squad” title serves as panel borders for a red silhouette of a man taking a bullet to the head, in Suicide Squad #2, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

In the vein of Look at this Cool Art, look at this cool title treatment from the new Suicide Squad.

Detective Comics Annual #3

Images of Alfred cleaning bloodstains are interposed with images of Bruce Wayne taking down criminals, while Alfred muses about how his life as a spy taught him to clean blood, in Detective Comics Annual #3, DC Comics (2020). Image: Peter J. Tomasi, Eduardo Risso/DC Comics

The backup story in Detective Comics Annual is a lovely thing retelling Bruce Wayne’s first steps as Batman as seen from Alfred’s perspective. It’s reminded me how much I love artist Eduardo Risso’s work.

Doctor Strange: The End

Doctor Strange argues with the spirit of Wong, and says goodbye, in Doctor Strange: The End, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Leah Williams, Filipe Andrade/Marvel

Another The End book! I know what you’re thinking: Do Williams and Andrade use Doctor Strange: The End to follow up on their fantastic Magik ...What if? story? The answer is YES.

Thor #2

Characters that COULD be the Justice League but are never conFIRMED to be the Justice League fail to save their world from darkness in Thor #2, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Donny Cates, Nic Klein/Marvel

It’s open season for Marvel Comics to suggest that the DC Universe is consumed by darkness. Here, Thor #2 basically shows us the Justice League failing, without ever quite confirming it’s the Justice League.

X-Men #5

Responding to being called “X-23,” Laura Kinney says that she’s Wolverine. “You tell ‘em, kiddo,” responds Wolverine, in X-Men #5, Marvel Comics (2020). Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva/Marvel Comics

Hickman and Co. give a big helping of love to fans of Laura Kinney, establishing with efficiency and punch that she’s keeping the moniker of Wolverine, and Logan couldn’t be prouder.

Sex Criminals #26

Alix asks Suzie if she has the stomach to truly fuck over the people who destroyed her library, in Sex Criminals #26, Image Comics (2020). Image: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky/Image Comics

To all you Brimpers out there, you should know that Sex Criminals is back, baby! Fraction and Zdarsky took some time off to figure out the best happy ending to their fucky epic, and they promise they’ll finish with issue #69. Nice.


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