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Deadpool sits on his throne as the king of Staten Island, flanked by a goblin guy in a wifebeater, as Teen Cable approaches. “Well, well. We meet again,” says Deadpool. Cable #3, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto/Marvel Comics

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Deadpool finally met the annoying teen version of Cable

“What. The. Hell ... are you moisturizing with?”

Cable and Deadpool are best friends. But Cable’s teenage self from the future followed his older self back in time and killed him, for doing too many time travel crimes against the timeline, and now the only version of Deadpool’s best friend in his time period is an annoying, cocky teenager who killed the version of his best friend he was used to.

Got all that? OK, cool, this week Deadpool finally met Teen Cable and it was an extremely good time. It turns out that Old Cable asked Deadpool to, in the event of his death, grab his body and keep it safe from his many, many enemies, so Deadpool dug his body up and made it into a pool table.

Which I’m only just realizing means that the table is literally dead pool. God dammit.

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 the last one, read this.


Cable #3

Deadpool shows Teen Cable and Esme Cuckoo into his man cave, where he’s suspended Old Cable’s body in lucite to use as a pool table, in Cable #3, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto/Marvel Comics

Writer Gerry Duggan makes sure to include both Old Cable’s message to Deadpool, asking him to take care of his body, and Deadpool’s calligraphic reply, which includes the line “I have enclosed a daguerreotype of me to keep with you in the pouch closest to your heart.”

At one point he calls Teen Cable “Bable.” Cable! It’s a good comic!

Batman #97

Clownhunter, in his mohawked skate helmet and goggles, pours gasoline into a wrecked Batmobile in which two Joker goons are hiding, in Batman #97, DC Comics (2020). Image: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez/DC Comics

Meet Clownhunter. He kills Joker henchmen. I need to know more, but he might be so dumb that I like him already?

Decorum #4

Three figures meet in a swirls of rainbow colors, clouds, and pixelated light in Decorum #4, Image Comics (2020). Image: Jonathan Hickman, Mike Huddleston/Image Comics

We’re four issues into Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston’s Decorum, and while I still feel like I have only the vaguest idea what’s going on, I also devour every issue thanks to Huddleston’s art. He flips between what feels like four or five entirely different styles in every issue and they all look incredible.

Thor #6

Backed by an army of zombified Marvel superheroes, Thanos wields a black gauntlet with a single dark gem in it, and Mjolnir, with the Infinity Gems set into it in a vision in Thor #6, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Donny Cates, Nic Klein/Marvel Comics

This week, Thor had a vision of his death, which apparently comes at the hands of Thanos, wielding a new dark gauntlet, Mjolnir with all the Infinity Gems set in it, and a zombie army of superheroes. That’s what we in the comics business call “A Lot.”

Aquaman #62

Xebelian guard Ha’wea introduces himself to Aqualad in Aquaman #62, DC Comics (2020). Image: Jordan Clark, Marco Santucci/DC Comics

Aqualad had a nice meet cute with a nice Xebellian boy and I just think that’s nice!