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A bearded Eddie Brock falls through time, experiencing a chaotic vision of a a helicopter cockpit, Kang the Conqueror, the vacuum of space, and a huge red symbiote proclaiming that it is “Bedlam,” in Venom #1 (2021). Image: Al Ewing, Ram V, Bryan Hitch/Marvel Comics

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Eddie Brock has merged with every symbiote in the universe — and the timeline

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The last time Venom got an entire crossover for symbiote shenanigans, he walked away with a seriously big upgrade: Eddie Brock is now the god of all symbiotes, with the power to flit through their minds at will, no matter where they are in the universe.

This week’s Venom #1 revealed a new power: Eddie can also piggyback on the minds of all symbitoes throughout time, resulting in some pretty freaky visions — and an easy way for writers Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) and Ram V (Swamp Thing) to tease what’s coming up in the new series.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, 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. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)

Venom #1

“Hello, Eddie,” says a venom symbiote in the shape of a man, with no face but round, red, glowing eyes, in a room of alien astronauts it has just violently slaughtered in Venom #1 (2021). Image: Al Ewing, Ram V, Bryan Hitch/Marvel Comics

Don’t worry, there’s still street-level Venom adventures to follow, as Eddie’s son Dylan partners with the Venom symbiote for bad guy beat ‘em ups. But for Eddie’s god-sized powers, there are god-sized problems, like this symbiote-inhabiting entity who may or may not call itself Bedlam.

All I know is I hate his eyes.

Robin & Batman #1

“Hey, kid. What’s up?” says Killer Croc, who, even kneeling, looms hugely above Robin/Dick Grayson in Robin & Batman #1 (2021). Image: Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen/DC Comics

Robin & Batman #1 is Sweet Tooth’s Jeff Lemire taking a swing at Dick Grayson’s early days as Robin with the help of Dustin Nguyen’s moody watercolors. The thing I liked best about it was the end of issue tease, where it seems like Killer Croc is going to become a player in the narrative because of an unexpected connection: He used to be among the “oddities” displayed by the circus that employed the Graysons.

What’s the Furthest Place From Here? #1

“Your choice is supposed to define you. It’s your everything. It’s who you’re going to be after you leave here,” explains a bald teen character as he walks away with a record of Hall and Oates’ Private Eyes. A pregnant teen next to him yells “Hey!” in What’s the Furthest Place From Here? #1 (2021). Image: Tyler Boss, Matthew Rosenberg/Image Comics

What’s the Furthest Place From Here? #1 is set in a strange world where life ends the moment you turn 18, strange wraiths patrol the streets, and gangs of teenagers tribalize around decaying retail establishments, building their own culture around artifacts they don’t even understand, Mad Max style. If that didn’t seem weird enough, one of the main characters is pregnant and none of them even know what that is. I’ll definitely be reading more issues.

Eternals #7

“I sometimes forget how much politics can refresh the spirit,” says a triumphant Thanos over the body of Zuras in Eternals #7 (2021). Image: Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribić/Marvel Comics

Oh! Thanos is president of the Eternals now! That sentence totally makes sense!

Wonder Woman #781

A prospective member of the warlike Bana-Mighdall is accepted for choosing a nonlethal weapon while her cohorts are rejected for choosing guns in the backup story of Wonder Woman #781 (2021). Image: Vita Ayala, Skylar Patridge/DC Comics

If there’s one thing that back up stories — a classic superhero tradition that DC has revived across many of its biggest titles this year — is the opportunity to world build in ways you can’t in the main title. And Vita Ayala continues a trend of adding more cultural tradition to Wonder Woman canon with this short story about how women are inducted into the Bana-Mighdall. (That is, the warlike, not immortal offshoot of the Amazons who rejected the Greek gods to form their own secret warrior society in Man’s World.)

Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #6

Four power-rangers like characters loudly and woodenly discuss how they suddenly have vast martial artist knowledge. A panel later, a fifth character points hilariously at a silver automobile while shouting “I’m connected through lei energy to this legendary ghost car!” in Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #6 (2021). Image: Kyle Starks, Chris Schweizer/Image Comics

It is a goddamn tragedy that Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton is over and I can only post one more panel from it that made me fully belly laugh and is still making me laugh as I look at it now. His little arm!

The Thing #1

The Thing stands shocked over a red field filled with what appear to be the corpses of every entity in the Marvel Unvierse, including Eternity, Arishem, Galactus, Surtur, Fin Fang Foom, and many many other superheroes in The Thing #1 (2021). Image: Walter Mosley, Tom Reilly/Marvel Comics

Walter Mosley and Tom Reilly’s The Thing is a true throwback to early Fantastic Four in that it’s a supremely weird comic where anything and everything can happen without seeming repercussions. But also, Ben Grimm is there to ground it all emotionally.

Joker #9

“You’re trying to build a new generation of villains that you can control?” asks James Gordon. “What better way to advertise our wares than to pit them against your caped crusader?” responds a creepy man in Joker #9 (2021). Image: James Tynion IV, Stefano Raffaele/DC Comics

I’m confident enough to say that James Tynion IV’s Joker has absolutely exceeded my expectations and just keeps peeling off more and more layers of a “rotten rich” onion, as with this final revelation of why the Joker has such a mad-on for the invisible hyper-rich of the world: They’re trying to clone him. Why? So they can have their own designer mind-controlled supervillains to protect and obfuscate their interests. This is bonkers and yet, for a superhero universe, feels like it makes total sense.


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