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Quentin Quire blasts enemies with his psychic shotgun. Wolverine is also there, I guess, on the cover of X-Force #2, Marvel Comics (2019). Dustin Weaver/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.

You may have heard that Professor X died. This week, readers witnessed the fallout, and it was no mutant pity party.

X-Force #2 showed the new mutant nation grappling with the spreading political, tactical, and morale effects of the death of the world’s most prominent mutant. Now the X-Men need to bring him back quickly to keep the dream of a mutant state, they’ve got to maintain the island’s leadership, and they’ve got to show the world exactly why you don’t mess with Krakoa.

Which is where Wolverine comes in, as he hunts down the origin of the anti-mutant strike force that infiltrated Krakoa, with some unexpected help from Quentin Quire, the world’s most annoying omega-level mutant.

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!

X-Force #2

“We we’re not gods, and they ain’t devils,” Wolverine says, just as Kid Omega gets jumped by a half-baked supersoldier in X-Force #2, Marvel Comics (2019). Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara/Marvel Comics

Benjamin Percy will soon be writing a Wolverine solo series, and it’s clear that he’s having fun letting the guy do what he’s the best at — but there’s also plenty of Jean Grey, Beast, and even Black Tom Cassidy in this issue, holding down the Krakoan homefront.

Killadelphia #1

The main character, a black detective, fires on a young black gang member. The kid takes several bullets and keeps running — because he is a vampire. From Killadelphia #1, Image Comics (2019). Rodney Barnes, Jason Shawn Alexander/Image Comics

Killadelphia is a new Image series about a detective who takes up his late father’s last case — which turns out to be an infestation of vampires in Philadelphia — and the art is just top notch.

Basketful of Heads #2

A man screams that he can’t feel his legs, “Oh god! Why are my legs over there?” He is revealed to be a severed head, in Basketful of Heads #2, DC Comics (2019). Joe Hill, Leomacs/DC Comics

The second issue of Basketful of Heads is really where the series clicked into one that I couldn’t wait to read the next on, so if you read the first and weren’t sure, definitely try the second.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

The bouncer of the bar John Constantine was just thrown out of needles him about being unable to read the room, in John Constantine: Hellblazer #1, DC Comics (2019). Simon Spurrier, Aaron Campbell/DC Comics

With the first issue of his new ongoing, John Constantine is formally out of DC continuity and back in I guess what we’d call Vertigo continuity, if Vertigo was still a thing. Unfortunately for John, that means he’s come head to head with a new threat: No-smoking London bars full of hipsters.

Shazam! #8

The six current members of the Shazam! family stand next to the mysterious silhouette of their unrevealed seventh sibling, in Shazam! #8, DC Comics (2019). Geoff Johns, Scott Kolins/DC Comics

Geoff Johns is really going to give us a seventh Shazam kid who is represented by the EXCLAMATION POINT and I am so ready.

Books of Magic #14

John Constantine presses Timothy Hunter’s hands to the pages of a magic book, as the beginning of a test, in Books of Magic #14, DC Comics (2019). Kat Howard, Simon Spurrier, Tom Folwer, Craig Taillefer/DC Comics

The writers behind Books of Magic and Hellblazer collaborated on this one-and-done crossover issue. It’s cute little yarn with some fun parallel storytelling at the beginning.

Black Panther #18

Storm and Black Panther discuss their own naivete in recognizing that a society was built on slavery — even despite their skin color and mutant status, in Black Panther #18, Marvel Comics (2019). Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse/Marvel Comics

Coates’ Black Panther is still swimming along, delivering poignant scenes like this as regularly as punctuation marks.

Valkyrie #5

Valkyrie’s talking winged horse attacks an infernal winged horse, shouting “Tha like them apples? Eh?” and calling it a scab, in Valkyrie #5, Marvel Comics (2019). Al Ewing, Jason Aaron, Cafu/Marvel Comics

Valkyrie has a horse, his name is The Horse, and he’s pro-union. Solidarity.

Venom #20

Eddie Brock hugs his distraught son, Dylan, and promises that he’ll always protect him, in Venom #20, Marvel Comics (2019). Donny Cates, Iban Coello, Zé Carlos/Marvel Comics

Me last week: Boy, Absolute Carnage was anticlimactic. Me this week: Crying because Eddie hug boy.

I contain multitudes.


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