Deadpool #11 (Marvel)
The cover (which is cover of the week without a doubt) should give you some idea about the contents, as Deadpool and Hawkeye continue their Battle Royal. Its slapstick with the emphasis on slap, and there are lots of meat cleavers and scenes in abattoirs and a guy who looks like the big bald guy who got in the way of an aeroplane propeller in Raiders of the Lost Ark. As well as all that, you get a glimpse of Deadpool and Hawkeye (aka Bullseye) in their school days, and Wade gets to fulfill a boyhood dream. It’s funny and throwaway, like I thought it would be. That is not a bad thing, in case you are wondering. Warning – this comic contains a meat suit. Yes – a meat suit
The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft #2 (Image)
This is a seriously good read. Lovecraft struggles with the mystery of the murdered seaman, a catatonic Mother, his own frustrated desires and the growing unease at what he may be unleashing. The art is beautiful, the dialogue and script pitch perfect and the the whole package is a real treat. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful – and spellbinding and creepy. If you have any interest in HP Lovecraft, horror fiction or you just like to be surprised by GREAT comics, then get this, and issue 1.
Batman 687 (DC)
As a belated companion piece to last weeks rip-roaring debut ‘Batman and Robin’, and as the epilogue to ‘Battle for the Cowl’, this works just fine. It really feels like the beginning of a new era, with Dick Grayson finally taking on the massive challenge, and upholding the nature of the Batman. The action is fairly low-key, apart from the new Robin and his headstrong impulses (the tension he brings is interesting and should provide a key element to the new pairing with the new Batman), but the ending is a classic. There is also plenty of room for Alfred, and space for his sadness to really hit home. Excellent stuff, looking forward to how this new era pans out.