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Jimmy Olsen winks insufferably at the camera over the heading “U GOT OLSNAPPED!” in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4, DC Comics (2019). Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

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Jimmy Olsen is now the Jake Paul of Gotham City, so Batman punched him

You just got Olsnapped

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

In the guise of Timmy Olsen, Jimmy puts bees in Doctor Fate’s helmet and organizes a flash mob of innocent people in Joker makeup to see how long it takes Batman to show up, in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4, DC Comics (2019). Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

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.

Lois reacts with disgust at Jimmy’s videos. “Just wait a second Ms. Lane,” he says, “A couple minutes later Batman shows up and punches me in the mouth,” in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #4, DC Comics (2019). Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

X-Men #1

You might have heard that Cyclops and Jean Grey have opened their relationship? Why settle, indeed.

Something is Killing the Children #2

A monster hunter talks to the entity that resides within her crudely stuffed octopus, in Something is Killing the Children #2, Boom! Studios (2019). James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’edera/Boom! Studios

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.

Lucifer #13

The witch Sycorax meets with the Kindly Ones (the Fates) after her long-awaited death, in Lucifer #13, DC Comics (2019). Dan Watters, Sebastian Fiumara/DC Comics

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.

Aquaman #53

“It’s Mera.” Who’s Mera? “His fiancé. She killed him.” He looks all right to me. “It’s complicated.” Characters discuss Aquaman’s recent history in Aquaman #53, DC Comics (2019). Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha, Eduardo Pansica/DC Comics

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

Roundhouse rants about how his sister’s death — inadvertently caused by Robin — has destroyed his family, in Teen Titans #35, DC Comics (2019). Adam Glass, Bernard Chang/DC Comics

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!

Steeple #2

Billie says she’s going to go talk to the Satanists about the monsters, but the parish sexton replies “They serve the lord of lies, not the lord of good explanations!” in Steeple, Dark Horse Comics (2019). John Allison/Dark Horse Comics

I’m a simple woman: If it makes me belly laugh, I put it in the roundup.

Contagion #3

Jessica Jones roughs up an Easter European guy in a tracksuit in Contagion #3, Marvel Comics (2019). Ed Brisson, Mack Chater, Stephen Segovia/Marvel Comics

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.

Batman #81

Detective Bullock traipses naked except for his hat out of Gotham City Police headquarters and into the rain, smoking a cigar and singing a version of “New York, New York,” about how terrible Gotham is, in Batman #81, DC Comics (2019). Tom King, Mitch Gerads/DC Comics

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

Carnage, wearing the Venom symbiote as spiked armor in Absolute Carnage #4, Marvel Comics (2019). Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman/Marvel Comics

And now, some quick updates: Carnage forced the Venom symbiote to bond with it and now he looks like a World of Warcraft boss.

Spider-Man #2

Young Ben Parker and his friend hang out on a billboard that says “Remember the Great Departed” and has Black Widow, the Hulk, Captain America, and Thor on it, in Spider-Man #2, Marvel Comics (2019). J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pichelli/Marvel Comics

J.J. Abrams killed half the Avengers offscreen in his Spider-Man comic.

Captain Marvel #11

Captain Marvel villain Star escapes from the Raft thanks to her new powers, awarded by merging with the Reality Stone, in Captain Marvel #11, Marvel Comics (2019). Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero/Marvel Comics

Captain Marvel’s latest new villain, Star, escapes prison with her new Reality Stone. Because the Infinity Stones are people now.