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Marvel’s new Physician Unusual comedian is one way or the other trippier than the film


I’ve been a fan of Javier Rodríguez since again within the days of Batgirl: Yr One, however I had not fairly put it collectively that he was engaged on the brand new Defenders sequence.

So think about my shock to crack open Defenders #1 to seek out that he’s gone Full Ditko. Rodríguez blends trippy and diegetic magic visuals with non-diegetic stuff like a flashback illustrated via the steam rising from a cup of tea. It’s a experience.

What else is going on within the pages of our favourite comics? We’ll inform you. 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 might not be sufficient context. However there might be nice comics. (And when you missed the final version, learn this.)


Doctor Strange opens his eyes, as he meditates cross legged (and floating upside down) to realize that there is a revolver pointed at this head. The hand holding the revolver extends from a pixelated portal, the portal leads across the exquisitely detailed room of the Sanctum Sanctorum to the Masked Raider in Defenders #1 (2021).

Picture: Al Ewing, Javier Rodríguez/Marvel Comics

Marvel Cinematic Universe followers could affiliate the Defenders with street-level heroes like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones — however the Marvel Comics superteam started as a staff guide for Marvel’s hottest weirdos. Physician Unusual, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer; mainly anyone who actually, actually didn’t seem to be a staff participant.

Defenders #1 recruits a model new staff by way of the medium of Physician Unusual’s tarot deck, which can also be used as a visible motif all through the problem. If that’s not sufficient to moist your whistle, author Al Ewing appears to be choosing up a number of threads from his soon-to-be accomplished run on Immortal Hulk, together with Betty Ross because the Crimson Harpy, and the concept that the final individual alive within the universe turns into the subsequent universe’s Galactus.

Tim Drake/Robin squares up back to back with his old friend Bernard. “He probably knows. He’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met. But tell him...” Bernard says, “I wish we could have finished our date.” in Batman: Urban Legends #6 (2021).

Picture: Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega/DC Comics

Give me a second to take off my skilled journalist hat. OK.

MY FAVORITE ROBIN CAME OUT OF THE CLOSET THIS WEEK AND I’M SO PROUD OF HIM. I REALLY HOPE THIS CARRIES FORWARD INTO TIM SEELEY’S ROBINS SERIES BUT MAYBE THE SCRIPTS ARE ALREADY FINISHED FOR IT? REGARDLESS. MY BABY TIM!

Trick-or-treaters in Gotham City are dressed as various characters from Tim Burton movies, including Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Mars Attacks in Batman ’89 #1 (2021).

Picture: Sam Hamm, Joe Quinones/DC Comics

There’s quite a bit to love in Batman ’89 #1, because the sequence makes it clear that it’ll be exploring Billy Dee Williams’ Harvey Dent in a method the films by no means did, and introducing Barbara Gordon and a brand new Robin! But additionally artist Joe Quinones is doing his Quinones-y greatest with these Tim Burton references.

Magic swirls around two teens as the defend themselves from a rocky projectile. The palm-sized rock hits the ground, and, with a tiny grunt, stands up on two tiny feet, revealing a grumpy little face, in Mamo #2 (2021).

Picture: Sas Milledge/Increase Studios

I’m absolutely enchanted with Sas Milledge’s Mamo. Small city magic! Cool fae designs! Teen witches with girlfriend vibes! This glorious little rock man!

“Take it,” Says Niko, handing Karolina the Staff of One. “Don’t bring it back.” The two girlfriends embrace in a passionate kiss in Runaways #38 (2021).

Picture: Rainbow Rowell, Andrés Genolet/Marvel Comics

And Runaways as soon as once more enters hibernation with this closing difficulty of Rainbow Rowell’s run on the characters. As per traditional for the sequence, we finish on a complete cliffhanger with all people’s emotional standing up within the air. Nonetheless, the ultimate pages of the problem tease some additional developments — so possibly we’ll see these threads picked up in different books? I dwell in hope.

“People of this wretched village, hear me! I’ve come for vengeance!” roars a huge dragon, as onlookers record with their smartphones in Campisi #1 (2021).

Picture: James Patrick, Marco Locati/Picture Comics

OK, so, Campisi is a narrative set in a contemporary world the place a dwindling inhabitants of sentient dragons are type of … a daily pest/pure catastrophe? And on this small mafia-run city, the gang’s lowliest enforcer/downside solver now has to unravel the issue of an precise dragon who desires to kill his boss. I’ll actually be studying a second difficulty.

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