Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen is pretending to be dead, but in the meantime he’s still got to satisfy his professional obligations at the Daily Planet.
Which is why he’s been making an upsettingly popular series of Gotham City prank videos under his new persona, Disreputable Vlogger Timmy Olsen. And my god, he’s just insufferable. Batman’s already punched him at least once.
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!
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4
Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber walk an incredible line here of having Jimmy do things are very inappropriate in Gotham City, but don’t really mean anything in the real world. Like “delivering a literal revolving door to Arkham Asylum because I don’t know, I guess I thought it’d be funny?”
It’s so good, I’m giving you another set of panels from it.
You might have heard that Cyclops and Jean Grey have opened their relationship? Why settle, indeed.
Something is Killing the Children #2
James Tynion has an excellent track record with horror stories and teens, and horror stories about teens, and as he and Werther Dell’edera pull back the layers on Something is Killing the Children a real nice yarn is being revealed.
I said last week that the Sandman Universe books are going strong, rewarding readers for sticking through, and any Sandman fan is happy with a visit to the Kindly Ones.
Sometimes, superhero comics are just funny.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman Knightfall
I would recommend TftDM: BK only to those who have a lot of nostalgia for the Knightfall/Knightquest/Knightsend era, as it Goes Some Strange Places — but also it posits how badass it would be if Lady Shiva and Bane had a kid, so.
Teen Titans #35
Last month I was really disappointed to find out that Roundhouse was the secret villain of Teen Titans, but it turns out his motivation comes from a really legitimate grievance, which makes him and the story even more complex. I shouldn’t have lost faith!
I’m a simple woman: If it makes me belly laugh, I put it in the roundup.
I’m a simple woman: I see Jessica Jones roughing up a Tracksuit Dracula from the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye series, I put it in the roundup.
I’m a simple woman: You give me Harvey Bullock singing a parody of “New York, New York” about how much Gotham sucks, I put it in the roundup.
Absolute Carnage #4
And now, some quick updates: Carnage forced the Venom symbiote to bond with it and now he looks like a World of Warcraft boss.
J.J. Abrams killed half the Avengers offscreen in his Spider-Man comic.
Captain Marvel #11
Captain Marvel’s latest new villain, Star, escapes prison with her new Reality Stone. Because the Infinity Stones are people now.