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Diana of Amazon Island and Zala Jor-El share a passionate kiss before Zala flies off, crying, in Dark Knights of Steel #2 (2021). Image: Tom Taylor, Yasmine Putri/DC Comics

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Wonder Woman has a girlfriend, but needs one in canon

For the love of Pete

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In her 2015 DC Bombshells series, set in an alternate universe, Marguerite Bennett established that Wonder Woman had gotten her first kiss from Princess of Mera of Atlantis. In his 2016 Wonder Woman series, Greg Rucka and his collaborators established Wonder Woman as a queer character who had been in love with one of her Amazon sisters before ever setting foot in Man’s World. In 2017, even Wonder Woman’s mass-audience big-budget film acknowledged that Amazons enjoy sex and relationships amongst themselves.

This week the alternate fantasy world series Dark Knights of Steel revealed that its version of Wonder Woman is dating Superman’s sister — that world’s Supergirl. Wonder Woman has had implied girlfriends, off-screen girlfriends, and girlfriends that couldn’t be called girlfriends because writers were living in more homophobic times.

I’m not mad! I’m actually more excited about the direction of the Wonder Woman line now than I have been in years. The fact that there is even a Wonder Woman line of books, instead of just a solo title, is practically a first for DC Comics. But all the same.

How much longer do I have to wait for Wonder Woman to smooch a girl on good old Earth 0? Phew.

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.)


Dark Knights of Steel #2

Don’t worry about Supergirl’s tears in the image above — it’s not relationship woes. She’s just sad because her dad was assassinated by Fantasy Green Arrow.

Devil’s Reign #1

As riot police burst into the headquarters of the Fantastic Four, the Thing tells teenage Franklin and Valeria Richards to stay close to him. He uses his rocky body to shield them from a hail of automatic gunfire, and then looks over his shoulder at the attackers with a look of pure fury in Devil’s Reign #1 (2021). Image: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto/Marvel Comics

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checcheto’s Daredevil is a flagrantly good book. The problem is that it’s been weaving a web of plot and characters so well for so long that all the good moments are resting on all the stuff that’s come before — which you’d only know if you’d been reading the book. Not great fodder for this weekly roundup. So it’s great that in the first issue of Devil’s Reign, a crossover series spinning out of Daredevil, Checchetto nails this three panel sequence of events so hard, and creates one of the most evocative images of Ben Grimm I’ve ever seen.

Batman #118

Batman sees a blimp displaying the breaking news that five members of Batman Inc. have been arrested in Batman #118 (2021). Image: Joshua Williamson, Jorge Molina/DC Comics

Batman’s off on a globetrotting adventure with a new creative team, one that harks back to the Batman Inc. days of Grant Morrison’s run on the character.

Hellions #18

“Maybe you were right, Kyle,” Greycrow says to Wild Child, “maybe we are crazy [growlixes] in Hellions #18 (2021). Image: Zeb Wells, Zé Carlos/Marvel Comics

Hellions’ final issue is a great cap on what’s been one of the best of the Krakoan era’s oddball series. It’s the best “Suicide Squad” comic I’ve read in years.

Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual

“That’s checkmate,” says Jon Kent/Superman to Lex Luthor. “What?” Luthor is shocked. “Because of my horsey?” Jon explains. “I see it.” Luthor is very frustrated. From Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual. Image: Tom Taylor, Steve Pugh/DC Comics

Jonathan Kent, never change.

Inferno #3

“The Professor has plans,” Doug Ramsey says to his synthetic friend Warlock, who is depicted in a shapely androgenous form with flowing electronic wire locks. “Tell me, Warlock. Do we trust him?” “No, self-friend,” Warlock says. “Experience says that we do not,” in Inferno #4 (2021). Image: Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, Stefano Caseli, Valerio Schiti/Marvel Comics

Every other very important X-Men thing happening in this week’s Inferno don’t read this.

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Sexy Warlock, hello.