This week saw the conclusion of Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington’s Batman Universe, originally published as a 12-part comic available only in brick-and-mortar Walmarts, reprinted in six issues over this year.
As you might guess from the title, it’s a wide ranging story with a twisty turny plot that is best summed up as “Batman hunts a Fabergé egg through time and space to keep it from the hands of Vandal Savage — and you’ll never guess what’s inside it.” At the story’s climax, Savage uses a powerful space artifact to erase “Batman” from existence, but since he has no idea about his secret identity is, he just creates a timeline in which the superhero hunts him down anyway as Bruce Wayne.
And it turns out that, to Derington and Bendis, a man who can go as hard as Batman but can’t actually be Batman looks ... pretty much exactly like John Wick.
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!
Batman Universe #6
You were so busy asking “Could John Wick kick Batman’s ass?” you forgot to ask “What if John Wick is Batman?”
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #10
A little while ago Ms. Marvel got a brand new costume made out of mysterious space material that wasn’t at all suspicious, and the costume chickens have finally come home to roost.
New Year’s Evil
Some of the stories in New Year’s Evil were just OK, but Ayala and Casagrande drawing a line between Batman: The Animated Series alumnas Harley Quinn and Renee Montoya hit me right in the feels.
Thor: The Worthy
Another anthology one-shot, Thor: The Worthy, was supposed to be for legendary Thor writer-artist Walter Simonson to take another turn on the character, but forgive me. I’m a simple woman. You throw in a reference to the time that Wonder Woman was worthy, I put it in the roundup.
The Dreaming #16
The Dreaming is so deep into its full plot reveals right now that I don’t want to say anything about the story, so as not to spoil it. Suffice to say: I am loving this series and what Spurrier is doing with it and how the series’ artists are bringing it to life.
This week in X-Men a group of radical pensioner ecoterrorists kicked Cyclops’ ass, stole a bunch of flowers of Krakoa, and said some very rude things about Emma Frost.