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Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in Avengers #21, Marvel Comics (2019). Jason Aaron, Jason Masters/Marvel Comics

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This week, the Avengers unwound with naked hot tubbing

The real aftermath of the War of the Realms, and more of the week’s best new 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.

Marvel’s big summer crossover, The War of the Realms, has been stressful for everyone, but especially for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In this week’s Avengers, War of the Realms architect Jason Aaron gives the team some time to decompress — which is to say, Thor and Iron Man start the naked hot tub party and things proceed from there.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. Let’s start get started!

Avengers #21

Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man in Avengers #21, Marvel Comics (2019). Jason Aaron, Jason Masters/Marvel Comics

If you thought I was joking about the hot tub shenanigans being naked ones, I was not. Does it improve the situation to tell you that Avengers HQ is currently inside the body of a dead Celestial?

Naomi #6

Naomi and her mom in Naomi #6, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, Jamal Campbell/DC Comics

Bendis, Walker, and Campbell’s Naomi has been an absolute delight, a strong story with absolutely arresting art. I’m very glad it’ll be getting a second arc and can’t wait to see what happens next with its characters.

Wonder Woman #74

From Wonder Woman #74, DC Comics (2019). G. Willow Wilson, Xermanico/DC Comics

The Amazons are back????? Gone missing since 2016, if G. Willow Wilson and her collaborators don’t spin this around in further plot twists, it looks like Wonder Woman might get a long, long awaited reunion with her sisters.

Wonder Twins #6

Lex Luthor in Wonder Twins #6, DC Comics (2019). Mark Russell, Stephen Byrne/Marvel Comics

I’m not giving you any context for this, I’m just telling you that Wonder Twins is a fun comic with things to say.

Young Justice #7

Doctor Fate and Superman of the Kingdom Come universe in Young Justice #7, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, John Timms/DC Comics

Young Justice is also a very fun comic, that is taking its sweet time before it finally reveals what exactly is inside of Jonah Hex’s box.

Batman Universe #1

Batman and Deathstroke fight (the Riddler gets clocked) in Batman Universe #1, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Nick Derington/DC Comics

The Batman TV series made sound effects synonymous with the lowbrow, and that does them a disservice. Look at Nick Derington’s brilliant work here, flicking between the onomotopoeic FIZZZZZ and SPLAK and the more abstract SLICE. Chef kiss.

Bad Weekend

From Bad Weekend, Image Comics (2019). Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips/Image Comics

Brubaker and Phillips are the undisputed kings of crime comics, and in Bad Weekend they tell the story of a comic book crime. Even I learned a few things about comics history by looking up some of the stories in this book. A solid read if you’re into that sort of thing, collected for the first time here.

Gogor #3

From Gogor #3, Image Comics (2019). Ken Garing/Image Comics

I want everyone I know to read Ken Garing’s Gogor. It’s Jim Henson, Hayao Miyazaki, Jeff Smith, and Jack Kirby all in one package.


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