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Batman grabs two street toughs by their collars in Batman #106, DC comics (2021). Image: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez/DC Comics

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Batman’s new neighbors totally hate his guts

Because he makes them (rich assholes) feel poor

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Batman is broke. But billionaires don’t go broke like the rest of us. Bruce Wayne may have had to move out of stately Wayne Manor, but he managed to swing a chic brownstone in Gotham proper with enough room for a stripped-down satellite Batcave. There’s just one problem: His neighbors hate him.

Well, actually it’s not that much of a problem, since they’re all rich assholes.

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.)

Batman #106

A reporter encounters an old man who laments the disruption Wayne’s celebrity has brought to his (expensive) neighborhood. “He’s not going to let anybody get the story of how one of the richest men on the planet lost it all and started slumming it in the city with the rest of the normal people.” “You call this slumming it?” the reporter responds, but says she can probably get a story out of how much his neighbors hate him, in Batman #106, DC Comics (2021). Image: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez/DC Comics

For example, this one guy goes on a walk every day to look for gossip reporters to gripe to. As newly reformed vigilante Ghost-Maker tells Batman, he’s enraged by his greed. “You’re twice as rich as he is despite having just very publicly lost all of your money, and now he gets to be reminded of it every day.”


The therapist of the unkillable protagonist of BRZRKR asks him what caused his vital signs to spike in the field that day, as he remembers seeing the murder of a frightened child, in BRZRKR #1, Boom Studios (2021). Image: Keanu reeves, MattKind, Ron Garney/Boom Studios

The first issue of Keanu Reeves’ long awaited Kickstarter darling BRZRKR is on shelves, and our own Charlie Hall quite liked it.

Infinite Frontier #0

Wonder Woman twirls through the cosmic firmament, transforming from her godly raiment into the quilted armor of a norse warrior in Infinite Frontier #0, DC Comics (2021). Image: Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, John Timms/DC Comics

The DC Universe is changed forever (again), and Infinite Frontier #0 is a rather charming and snappy one-shot issue summing up the new every day of the newly infinite DC Comics multiverse.

Also, it’s 2021 and Wonder Woman still spins to change outfits, which is great.

America Chavez: Made in the USA #1

Javier and Ceci Santana rescue a young America Chavez from a floating piece of debris, in America Chavez: Made in the USA #1, Marvel Comics (2021). Image: Kalinda Vazquez, Carlos Gómez/Marvel Comics (2021).

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe hurtles towards America Chavez’s big screen debut in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Comics debuts the character’s newest solo miniseries from Kalinda Vazquez and Carlos Gómez. I wanted a second issue immediately after finishing the first, in which America’s powers go haywire and she pays a visit to some new characters: the loving family that took her in when she arrived on our Earth. Big Superman vibes.

Nocterra #1

A trailer-hauling semi truck strung with lights pulls out of a small town. “All right everyone,” says its driver, as her brother pulls on a Daft Punk-style helmet, “Buckle up. Stay lit and sit.” Nocterra #1, Image Comics (2021). Image: Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel/Image Comics

Scott Snyder’s latest original series is Nocterra, about a kick-ass lady trucker who transports people and cargo on an Earth where the sky turned black years ago, and any organism left in the dark for more than 10 hours turns into a horrible monster. Post-apocalypse stories full of nearly real-science are kind of becoming Snyder’s thing, and Nocterra will likely be as weird, creepy, and action packed as stories like Batman: Last Knight on Earth or Undiscovered Country.

Demon Days: X-Men #1

Edo period interpretations of Psylocke and Wolverine (she is a wandering warrior, he is a dog) in Demon Days: X-Men #1. Image: Peach Momoko, Zach Davisson/Marvel Comics

Japanese illustrator Peach Momoko’s Demon Days is an Edo Period reimagining of Marvel staples, and, well, the art is just to die for.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #8

Goldie the baby gargoyle enjoys candy, snacks and sodas, with a bottlecap perched on his head like a hat, in The Dreaming: Waking Hours #8, DC Comics (2021). Image: G. Willow Wilson, Nick Robles/DC Comics

Happy Monday. Here’s a very naughty baby gargoyle.

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