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Kate Pryde’s body, shrouded in a mutant pirate flag, with coins over her eyes, ready for her funeral in Marauders #11, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

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The X-Men finally figured out how to get Kitty Pryde out of an egg

It’s been 84 years...

Krakoa is for all mutants, but ever since the Dawn of X began there’s been one mutant who’s had a lot of trouble with the island: Captain Kate Pryde. You’d know her as Shadowcat.

Kate is the only mutant who can’t use Krakoa’s mutant-only teleportation gates and has to travel to and from the island by boat — how pedestrian — and nobody’s been able to figure out why. More importantly, the new mutant resurrection system don’t seem to work for her either! She’s missing all the best parts of the new mutant revolution! And she’s dead!

That is, until Marauders #11, when Emma Frost finally figured out what a room full of the smartest mutants in the world couldn’t.

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. This time it’s two weeks of comics in one, because she was on vacation! 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 the last one, read this.


Marauders #11

Kate Pryde greets her loyal, small, purple dragon, Lockheed, with a kiss on his nose, after she is finally resurrected in Marauders #11, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

It turns out that the new mindless body the Five made for Kate was instinctually trying to phase through the walls of its egg — Kate’s signature superpower — instead of breaking out of it. It couldn’t make the leap because it wasn’t whole with Kate’s mind. Emma did some quick mind control to get the husk out of the egg, Professor X downloaded her mind into it form his Cerebro backup, and boom: Shadowcat is back!

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

Lindy meets Anne Hathaway, Sheikh Zubayr, and Kit Marlowe, all proposed as the “true” Shakespeare in The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1, DC Comics (2020). Image: G. Willow Wilson, Nick Robles/DC Comics

The Dreaming: Waking Hours is a new series that is partially about an extremely tired English grad student being trapped in a dream of a house populated by every person who has ever been theorized to be the “actual Shakespeare” and I’m in love with this concept.

Moms

Soyeon throws herself into a physical fight with the woman who’s been competing with her for her boyfriend’s affections in Moms, Drawn & Quarterly. Image: Yeong-shin Ma/Drawn & Quarterly

In Moms, Yeong-shin Ma dramatizes the lives of his mother and her group of friends — all middle-aged, working-class mothers in South Korea — as told to him by his mother herself. It’s a depiction that both pulls no punches but is also surprisingly sympathetic. I couldn’t put it down.

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #7

Poison Ivy is all on board for Harley Quinn’s new mission to find herself without the Joker, until Harley suggests that they try crime fighting instead of crimes, in Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #7, DC Comics (2020). Image: Erica Henderson/DC Comics

I’ve been waiting for Erica Henderson’s issue of Harley Quinn Black + White + Red since the moment I saw she was doodling Harley and Ivy fits for her Patreon, and I was not disappointed.

Sex Criminals #30

Suzie Dickson drifts through time as past and future meld into a life full of as much good as bad in Sex Criminals #30, Image Comics (2020). Image: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky/Image Comics

Congratulations and farewell to Sex Criminals, which reached its happy ending with issue #30. Now there’s only one issue of the series left, which will skip nearly forty numbers so that the game-changing series can end on #69. Nice.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #3

Batman receives a tiny hug from Jarro, the psychic starfish. “All right, all right,” he says, “Not in front of Clark,” in Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, DC Comics (2020). Image: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo/DC Comics

I’m a simple woman. I see Jarro, the psychic starfish who thinks Batman is his dad, I put him in the roundup.

Happiness Will Follow

The narrator’s mother Blanca takes her daughter to a local Santería gathering in Puerto Rico, as he muses about how his relationship with the island and religion are different for having not grown up there, in Happiness Will Follow, Archaia. Image: Mike Hawthorne/Archaia

Mike Hawthorne’s Happiness Will Follow is about his mother, Blanca, and her struggles to provide for him as a single mother and Puerto Rican migrant in the United States. It’s also about his journey to recognizing that his mother was abusive, the origins of her own trauma, and his relationship with his family, Puerto Rico, truth, and forgiveness. It’s a heart-wrenching work.

Batman: The Adventures Continue #9

DC’s comic that’s trying to show how Jason Todd could fit into the canon of Batman: The Animated Series hasn’t revealed everything yet, but it is starting to delve into his updated origin story.

Strange Adventures #4

“You dare... touch me...” the leader of Rann hisses at Mister Terrific. “You hit me. I hit you,” the superhero replies. “What the %@%@ you think fair play means?” in Strange Adventures #4, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom King, Mitch Gerads/DC Comics

OK, so the thing is, the arms of Mister Terrific’s jacket says “FAIR PLAY.” It’s his whole thing. This is a great line, is what I’m saying.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights

“Why be a bat, when one can be a man? Why be a man, when one can be a king?” declares the narration boxes, over a final panel of a livid, yellow tyrannosaur eye in Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights, DC Comics (2020). Image: Marguerite Bennett, Jamal Igle/DC Comics

What else is a great line? These two sentences that justify the idea of a Batman who put his consciousness into a robot tyrannosaur called B. Rex. Marguerite Bennett ... thank you.