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Miles Morales is pulled across dimensions in Spider-Verse #1, Marvel Comics (2019). Jed McKay, Juan Frigeri/Marvel Comics

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Another day, another dimension, as Miles Morales was webbed through nearly half a dozen different universes in the kickoff of this year’s Spider-Verse event, a six-issue miniseries.

The issue itself is a lot of fun, with each world brought to life by a different illustrator, and drawing styles referencing comic traditions from black-and-white manga to Heavy Metal-style grit. In the issue’s final pages, Marvel even shines a spotlight on some Spidersonas created by fans of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

How can Miles be surfing the multiverse in one comic while he’s getting venomized in another? The magic of comics, baby!

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!

Spider-Verse #1

Spider-Zero and Miles Morales/Spider-Man in Spider-Verse #1, Marvel Comics (2019). Jed MacKay, Juan Frigeri/Marvel Comics

Spider-Verse #1 positions the story as one that’s about a new generation of Spider-people stepping up to guard the multiverse, and introduces Spider-Zero, the new keeper of the Web of Life and Destiny. I love her already.

The Immortal Hulk #24

The Hulk/Bruce Banner captures and eats a multiversal entity at the end of the universe in The Immortal Hulk #24, Marvel Comics (2019). Al Ewing, Joe Bennett/Marvel Comics

In this week’s Immortal Hulk, Bruce Banner ends the universe by eating the embodiment of its collective sentience, I guess????

Runaways #25

The Runaways (LtR, Victor, Gert, Chase, Nico, Karolina, and Molly; with Old Lace in the background) react to their hideout being destroyed by drills, in Runaways #25, Marvel Comics (2019). Rainbow Rowell, Adrés Genolet/Marvel Comics

Runaways is a very good book right now that you should be reading if you like fun — and also Andrés Genolet draws a very expressive deinonychus.

Die #8

Matt, a Grief Knight, prepares for battle in Die #8, Image Comics (2019). “There is no fun here,” he says. Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans/Image Comics

Die, a comic about messed up adults getting trapped in their teenage RPG campaign, again, is spending its second arc drilling in on its characters. This week’s issue, about Matt, whose powers are derived from his ability to feel grief, is particularly good.

House of X #6

Wolverine puts his arms around the shoulders of Jean Grey and Cyclops, in House of X #6, Marvel Comics (2019). Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz/Marvel Comics

I reported on the Three Laws of Mutants and Sabretooth’s sentencing, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the equally large fan reaction to the sexual tension in this panel of Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Cyclops.

Lois Lane #4

Lois Lane and Renee Montoya discuss the value of truth, the danger in uncovering it, and the responsibility of revealing it, in Lois Lane #4, DC Comics (2019). Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins/DC Comics

Rucka’s Lois Lane is still quietly kicking ass. It wouldn’t sell a lot of copies, but I’d read a whole book of conversations like these.

Young Justice #9

Teen Lantern sits on her bed and thinks about the alien man she saw shot dead in a Bolivian junkyard that day, and puts her shoes on, in Young Justice #9, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Andé Lima Araújo/DC Comics

Young Justice is a very superhero-y book, so when the comic slowed down to shine a spotlight on the origin story of new hero Teen Lantern, it punched me in the gut. Bendis and Araújo sell so much so quietly in this sequence.

The Dreaming #14

The red-eyed beast-demon Flauros pauses, sullenly, inside his very impressive cloud of ashy smoke, as he realizes that Dora has something he desires after all, in The Dreaming #14, DC Comics (2019). Simon Spurrier, Matías Bergara/DC Comics

Speaking of art that does a lot without a lot of talk, I cannot express how much I love the sullen look Bergara puts on this massive beast-demon who’s suddenly realized that the insignificant creature does have something he cannot resist.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2

Booster Gold muses that he could go back in time and become a superhero, while wearing an extremely tight uniform that shows off his butt, in Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Nicola Scott/DC Comics

We barely had enough time to recover from Nicola Scott’s latest Nightwing butt, and just look at her Booster Gold. Look at him.


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