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Captain Marvel just battled her own Carnage-possessed cat

Get the spray bottle! Get the spray bottle!

Captain Marvel’s flerken/cat Chewie, merged with the Carnage symbiote, in Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1, Marvel Comics (2019). Emily Ryan Lerner, Andrea Broccardo/Marvel Comics
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.

Way back in July, when the seeds of Marvel’s Absolute Carnage event were being sown, Captain Marvel’s (not a) cat had a fateful encounter with some Carnage-ized rats. We never saw the outcome of that encounter ... until now.

This week, Carol Danvers came back from a space mission to find out that her space-cat tentacle monster had been possessed by Carnage. At least it didn’t eat the cat-sitter?

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 over the past seven days. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” Let’s get started!

Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1

Carol Danvers returns to her apartment to discover that her cat/flerken/pet Chewie has been possessed by Carnage, in Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1, Marvel Comics (2019). Emily Ryan Lerner, Andrea Broccardo/Marvel Comics

Does Carol Danvers get swallowed by her own cat and have to fight Carnage within its extradimensional stomach? Yes.

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #5

Batman slaps Jimmy’s camera out of his hand, insults him, and swings off into the rain. “What an ass—” Jimmy starts to say, as Superman interrupts “I know, I know, I’m sorry,” in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #5, DC Comics (2019). Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

After last month’s YouTube stunt, Jimmy Olsen and Batman commence a full on prank war, and SBPJO #5 made me gut laugh at least three times.

Dial H for Hero #9

Summer tries to convince Miguel to have the courage to talk to a cute boy as they carry coffee to their Daily Planet internship in Dial H for Hero #9, DC Comics (2019). Sam Humphries, Joe Quinones/DC Comics

Dial H for Hero is a fantastically cool comic, and now it’s even established that main character Miguel is a shy queer baby intern? In a Chris Ware homage (not pictured)? Loving it.

Marauders #2

Kitty Pryde, with a black eye and HOLD FAST tattooed across her knuckles, pours herself a glass of wine and says “I am the Red Queen, bitch,” in Marauders #2, Marvel Comics (2019). Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli/Marvel Comics

Kitty Pryde is going through some things, but you know what: She deserves to be a messy bitch for a bit.

Absolute Carnage #5

Eddie Brock/Venom and Dylan Brock sit, equally traumatized by events, until Dylan breaks the silence by saying “Did you say I was your son?” in Absolute Carnage #5, Marvel Comics (2019). Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman/Marvel Comics

Absolute Carnage ended anticlimactically, when Eddie awoke the dark god Knull himself, Knull broke free of his space prison a million light years away, and then... the story ended. Knull is coming, I guess.

But the good news is that Dylan finally figured out that he’s Eddie’s kid.

Spider-Verse #2

A web of different Spider-Ma’ams throughout the Marvel Multiverse, in Spider-Verse #2, Marvel Comics (2019). Ryan North, Pere Pérez/Marvel Comics

If you’re missing Squirrel Girl, may I recommend the second installment of Spider-Verse, which is about Spider-Ma’am. That is, Aunt May from the universe where she was bitten by the spider and Ben and Peter are both alive and everything is a lot happier. Squirrel Girl writer Ryan North puts together a basically self-contained story with many of the same anti-cynicism themes.


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