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Ms. Marvel and Amulet strike cool poses as they save the day. Amulet is a head and shoulders taller than Ms. Marvel, barrel chested, and dressed in blue and purple armor with a nazar motif. His fists glow with white energy. In The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Saladin Ahmed, Joey Vazquez/Marvel Comics

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Any way you slice it, Ms. Marvel is far and away Marvel Comics’ most famous Muslim superhero, but there’s not exactly a lot of competition. Fortunately, there’s a new kid on the block: Fadi Fadlalah is Amulet, a brand new superhero who leapt into action in this week’s The Magnificent Ms. Marvel.

Just like Kamala, Fadi lives in the Garden State and has a curfew to worry about. Unlike her, he appears to have magic on his side, which he uses to help dispatch a pack of demons who menaced the Sussex County Fair of New Jersey. Amulet seems really good at the whole superhero thing already, but we’ll see how he fares when young heroes everywhere are “outlawed” in Marvel’s next crossover event, Outlawed.

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 last week, read this.

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13

Ms. Marvel and Amulet battle four-armed wolf demons. He tells her he’s a big fan, and she recognizes the nazar motif on his costume, in The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Saladin Ahmed, Joey Vazquez/Marvel Comics

While Joe Vazquez illustrated his debut issue, Amulet was designed by illustrator Sara Alfageeh.

We don’t know much about him yet, but Amulet’s armor has a nazar motif, and it seems like his grandmother serves as his magic mentor.

Strange Adventures #1

Adam Strange tries to hand his ray gun to Batman, asking him to investigate him. “Come at me as hard as you can. I didn’t do this. Show them I’m innocent. Please.” in Strange Adventures #1, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom King, Mitch Gerads/DC Comics

You’re going to want to keep an eye on Strange Adventures, from most of the team that brought us Mister Miracle.

Excalibur #8

Jubilee protests that she can’t behead the warwolf, because she doesn’t carry a sword around with her. “Well... maybe you should start,” says Betsy Braddock/Captain Britain, raising her sword, in Excalibur #8, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Tini Howard, Wilton Santos/Marvel Comics

Now that we know the X-Men are all about to get swords, every sword reference feels like a inside joke the creators are playing on us.

Superman: Villains

Lex Luthor checks his 90 voicemails, but they’re all the Joker laughing at him after finding out that Clark Kent was Superman all along, in Superman: Villains #1, DC Comics (2020). Image: Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

Hello, my name is Susana, and I love the idea that the Joker just has Lex Luthor’s phone number and took the time to leave him 98 voicemails laughing at him after they found out that Clark Kent had been Superman all along.

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #7

Fin Fing Foom, somehow reduced to about the size of a housecat, sits in a wastepaper basket and bemoans, “I’m a Fin Fang Fool,” in Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jim Zub, Lan Medina/Marvel Comics (2020).

I’ve been cooling on Agents of Wakanda, but this week’s issue brought me back into the fold with the above panel, in which the terrible dragon Fin Fang Foom, somehow reduced to the size of a housecat, delivers this line.

The Dreaming #19

Lucien the Librarian and all the other denizens of the Dreaming face off against the dark side of Wan, a sentient computer virus, in The Dreaming #19, DC Comics (2020). Image: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely/DC Comics

It’s hard to talk about what’s going on in The Dreaming right now without spoiling the whole thing, but here’s a double page spread of every denizen of the Dream Lord’s realm teaming up to fight one super-powerful enemy. This book is firing on every cylinder it possibly can, all the time.

Black Cat #10

Black Cat and Wolverine (dressed as his Madriporian alter ego Patch), fall from a great height, while yelling. “Why are you so heavy?” “My bones are made of metal!” “Why don’t you have a stronger line?!” “Because my bones are made of bones!” in Black Cat #10, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jed MacKay, Kris Anka/Marvel Comics

Hello, my name is Susana, and I love jokes about how Wolverine is inexplicably heavy for his size because yeah his bones are made of freakin’ metal.


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