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The Justice League died, and the brand new Justice League is… not nice

Darkish Disaster is DC’s 2022 crossover occasion all about what occurs after the Justice League dies. Its first challenge has a good concentrate on Jon Kent, who’s already stepped into his father’s massive pink boots as Superman and naturally sees it as his accountability to recruit a brand new Justice League to encourage, defend, and luxury the world in a time of grief and uncertainty.

It’s simply that his picks are… nicely, let’s undergo them. Supergirl, Jon’s cousin as soon as eliminated who’d definitely hear about it on the subsequent reunion if she hadn’t stated sure; a Blue Beetle; Physician Mild, making her necessary look in an occasion comedian and completely nowhere else; Killer Frost, who, whereas reformed, nonetheless has a pesky ol’ uncontrollable starvation for the warmth of human our bodies; Booster Gold; the opposite Blue Beetle; FRANKENSTEIN; Aqualad, Jon’s closest homosexual pal; Robin, Jon’s closest straight pal; and the barely reformed Harley Quinn.

If that is the way you came upon that Frankenstein’s monster is a recurring DC Comics superhero, I’m sorry. He’s referred to as Frankenstein and he’s a undercover agent for paranormal stuff (I feel. I’m not trying it up).

What else is occurring within the pages of our favourite comics? We’ll let you know. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly listing of the books that our comics editor loved this previous week. It’s half society pages of superhero lives, half studying suggestions, half “take a look at this cool artwork.” There could also be some spoilers. There will not be sufficient context. However there shall be nice comics. (And in case you missed the final version, learn this.)

Black Adam dresses down Jon Kent/Superman’s pitch for a new Justice League lineup, saying that Harley is unstable and will stab him in the back (Harley says “Hey. He’s right, but hey!”) and asking if he really needs two Blue Beetles. “The world needs capable protectors,” he concludes to a chagrined Jon, “not children” in Dark Crisis #1 (2022).

Picture: Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere/DC Comics

Within the phrases of Sam Wilson, Black Adam is out of line, however he’s proper — this isn’t the Justice League that may make the world really feel prefer it’s in good palms when its best heroes have fallen and villains are working amok. However it’s an important character beat for Jon, who’s acquired all of his dad’s optimism and religion in folks, however none of his expertise in public relations.

in Orcs! The Curse #1 (2022).

Picture: Christine Larsen/Growth Studios

I liked Christine Larsen’s Orcs, a traditional “what if it was from the henchmen’s viewpoint” story, however with an unusual dedication. Orcs is humorous, in fact, however the humor is in service of a mixture of earnest slice-of-life and journey. I’m actually glad Larsen is again with a brand new miniseries within the setting, this time with these crow-people on the fore. I already love them.

in Poison Ivy #1 (2022).

Picture: G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara/DC Comics

Author G. Willow Wilson and artist Marcio Takara’s Poison Ivy begins robust with a cocktail of Annihilation visuals and Hannibal-esque intrusive ideas. If the remainder of the miniseries continues the identical, I feel it’ll be an Ivy story for the ages.

in Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #1 (2022).

Picture: Torunn Grønbekk, Michael Dowling/DC Comics

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor hits cabinets simply in time to supply an ongoing Jane Foster comedian to seize when Thor: Love & Thunder hits. My longest-shot hoped-for comedian e book reference? A cameo from Jane’s unionized pegasus, Mr. Horse.

in DC Pride 2022.

Picture: Kevin Conroy, J. Bone/DC Comics

In case you choose up one comedian this week, make it DC Satisfaction 2022 #1. The standout story right here is the one piece of non-fiction: A memoir of struggling as a homosexual actor within the ’80s and early ’90s from the voice of Batman himself, Kevin Conroy.

Storytime: Image me, ready to start out an interview on the DC Comics sales space, listening to a weirdly acquainted snicker on the opposite facet of a dividing display screen and questioning which buddy of mine was doing pictures over there — after which realizing, with a jolt, that it was acquainted as a result of it sounded similar to Batman. As I sat down with the rationale I used to be really there, interviewing a queer comics creator, Conroy crossed the divider to take a chair for his personal interviews, and struck up a dialog with my topic. I didn’t dare interrupt, and I didn’t need to. I might have lived in that bubble of a second — a queer skilled creator, a queer reporter, and the queer trade legend who’d impressed each of us — for hours.

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