There are quite a few superheroes and villains who govern nations in the Marvel Comics Universe — but now there’s one fewer. In the pages of this week’s Doctor Doom #1, everybody’s favorite megalomaniac stepped down from the throne in Doomstadt.
Doctor Doom is master of Latveria no more. And it’s not even Reed Richards’ fault.
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? I’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor, me, enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” Let’s get started!
Doctor Doom #1
Reed Richards and Tony Stark created the Antlion station to convert excess CO₂ in Earth’s atmosphere to fuel, to save the world from global warming, and Latveria has just been framed for its destruction. But instead of buckling down, Victor von Doom instead surrendered and abdicated.
The issue’s title, “Pottersville” — an It’s a Wonderful Life reference — indicates that we’re wading into a story about Doctor Doom considering what the world might be like if he’d been less of a meanie. It’s also a nice reference to how much Doom likes to name stuff after himself.
Pretty Deadly: The Rat #2
In its second issue, Pretty Deadly: The Rat digs deeper into its plotline, and illustrator Emma Rios still absolutely delivers.
Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #3
Have you ever wondered what J. Jonah Jameson would look like with a symbiote? Wonder no more! (Don’t worry, Miles got it off of him real quick.)
The Batman’s Grave #1
Warren Ellis begins his Batman book as a psychological and gritty detective story, which is, of course, pure Ellis, but the real star in this first issue is Bryan Hitch and colorist Alex Sinclair.
House of Whispers #14
It feels like all the Sandman Universe series are stretching out and spreading their wings in their third arcs; becoming “thrill of excitement when I realize there’s another this week” books.
In recent Superman books, Jon Kent went through some time travel stuff and aged five years in three weeks, which mean that he had to go back and break the news to his best friend, Damian Wayne, that he’s older than him now. It takes most of the issue and it’s great.
Batman Universe #4
Bendis’ Batman is so chatty and reasonable and tired. It’s a take that I like, but man, haven’t seen in a while.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #49
It’s tragic to think that we’re only getting one more issue of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
Powers of X #6
Powers of X #6 brought the whole Hox/Pox epic to a close with a galaxy brain revelation that the X-Men are no longer at war with humanity, but a future post-humanity. Are you ready for X-Men #1?