The Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals simply fought a god, and the god received

AXE: Judgment Day is one of the best Marvel Comics crossover I’ve learn in ages. Every concern to date and the overwhelming majority of the tie-ins have been full of pressure, motion, and character.

But what I like most is how the core title — which kinds the narrative backbone, from which the tie-ins cut up off like ribs — has delivered such expertly divided beats of story, utterly and neatly reframing the route the arc with the rhythm of launch.

Issue 1 opened with “The Avengers and X-Men and Eternals are going to war,” and ended with “The good Eternals are going to try to make their own god, to tell the bad Eternals to stop the war.” In concern 2, the Eternals made their god, and it stopped the battle however created a brand new downside. In concern 3, our heroes tried to destroy the god to keep away from being judged, solely to comprehend that judgment was inevitable. And now, in concern 4, our heroes’ Hail Mary plan to reshape the ethical fiber of humanity as a species… Well, you’ll by no means guess what occurred subsequent.

But right here’s a touch: It’s a six-issue miniseries, not a four-issue one.

What else is going on within the pages of our favourite comics? We’ll inform you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly record of the books that our comics editor loved this previous week. It’s half society pages of superhero lives, half studying suggestions, half “look at this cool art.” There could also be some spoilers. There is probably not sufficient context. But there shall be nice comics. (And should you missed the final version, learn this.)

AXE: Judgment Day #4

“You have all lived enough,” intones the huge Celestial, through narration boxes that all people on Earth can hear, “If you had a million years, you’d never do enough. You’ll always be better tomorrow.” The Eternals and Avengers look on in horror as it turns its massive thumb down in AXE: Judgment Day #4 (2022).

Image: Kieron Gillen, Valerio Schiti/Marvel Comics

If you guessed “It doesn’t work, and the Celestial appears to have vaporized all life on Earth,” congratulations! I don’t know what’s gonna occur subsequent, and I can’t wait.

Batman vs. Robin #1

“Whoever you are, this is in unforgivably poor taste,” says Bruce Wayne, as he thinks of all the possible supervillains who could have created the illusion of Alfred Pennyworth standing in his doorway. “Alfred Pennyworth is dead.” In Batman vs. Robin #1 (2022).

Image: Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar/DC Comics

Speaking of life after dying, DC’s Batman vs. Robin #1 seems to be teasing the resurrection of Alfred Pennyworth, who died three years in the past within the last throes of Tom King’s Batman run. With the character of comedian e book twists and turns, it’s far too quickly to say if Alfred’s again to remain — but when any e book on DC’s cabinets was going to do it, this title is extra probably than most.

In his latest Damian Wayne-starring books like Robin and Shadow War, author Joshua Williamson has explored the youngest Robin’s guilt over not directly inflicting Alfred’s dying, and the way the stalwart butler was certainly one of his steadiest function fashions, making it a shoe-in for closure on this also-Damian-starring miniseries.

Predator #2

A teenage human girl holds up a couple of aliens, in a snowy locale, stealing their bike but leaving them survival equipment in Predator #2 (2022).

Image: Ed Brisson, Kev Walker/Marvel Comics

I’m nonetheless totally fascinated by Marvel’s latest Predator comedian, which is about in a far future the place humanity shares the galaxy with so many various and equally technologically superior alien species that seeing some dude whose species you don’t even know is totally unremarkable. It’s Prey meets Star Wars and I’m actually right here for it.

Venom #10

A tall, handsome, horned symbiote figure, explains to a pathetic, symbiote-dripping Eddie Brock that he is trapped in an endless temporal cycle where he eventually becomes the tall figure himself in Venom #10 (2022).

Image: Al Ewing, Bryan Hitch/Marvel Comics

I’ve discovered it annoyingly tough to maintain up with the timey-wimey shenanigans of the brand new Venom collection, to not point out the 5 weird-ass symbiote dudes the e book has launched. This latest concern lastly explains the entire deal: They’re all future variations of Eddie Brock, locked in an limitless cycle of watching one another emotionally evolve into one another over the course of all time. Eddie Brock is now a brand new, self-destructive Kang the Conqueror and I really feel like I perceive what’s going on on this e book for the primary time. I simply want it hadn’t taken 10 points.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #15

Superman/Jon Kent, dramatically kisses his boyfriend in Superman: Son of Kal-El #15 (2022).

Image: Tom Taylor, Cian Tormey/DC Comics

I don’t have a lot to say right here aside from: The indisputable fact that we reside in a world the place Superman can cap off a storyline with a full web page unfold of him kissing his boyfriend has not gotten outdated.

Amazing Spider-Man #9

Mister Sinister asks “Those webs, do they come straight out of your —” “No,” Spider-Man interrupts him. “ you WANT them to?” Sinister continues, in Amazing Spider-Man #9 (2022).

Image: Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason/Marvel Comics

I don’t have a lot to say right here aside from: Mister Sinister being an absolute weirdo creep for laughs, 24/7, in each X-Men-related comedian, is likely one of the greatest issues of the Krakoan period.

Batgirls #10

Mr. Fun, a balding man in nerdy glasses, khaki slacks, a button down, suspenders, and a tie, nurses a whiskey in front of a crazy yarn wall and muses about how he’s going to take out the trash in Gotham City in Batgirls #10 (2022).

Image: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Neil Googe/DC Comics

Mr. Fun??? Mr. Fun?!?!?! The character I solely bear in mind as a result of for years I’ve owned this comedian, that includes one of many best and least explicable items of textual content on a comic book cowl ever printed:

Mr. Fun, a balding man in nerdgy glasses, khaki pants, a button down and tie, and suspenders, clobbers Nightwing off a rooftop with a golf club while Batman and Batgirl look on in horror. “Mulligan of DEATH!,” reads the cover of Batman: Family #7 (2003).

Image: Stefano Gaudiano/DC Comics

That Mr. Fun?!

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