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Moira MacTaggert allied with the immortal mutant despot Apocalypse, in House of X #2, Marvel Comics (2019). Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz/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.

Reader, I tried to figure out if there was a comics moment from last week bigger than the reveal that a longtime X-Men ally has secretly been a mutant this whole time — but I could not.

[Ed. note: Minor spoilers for last week’s House of X to come.]

In the pages of House of X #2, writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Pepe Larraz showed us the many lives of Moira MacTaggert, whose mutant power allows her consciousness to flick from death back in time to her mother’s womb. Untethered from typical mortality, Moira lives her life over and over again, making different choices with each go around. Somehow, this is all tied up in Professor X’s new plan for mutantkind and the dawn of a new era for the X-Men.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. 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 get started!

House of X #2

Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz/Marvel Comics

Look at how DETERMINED this baby is.

Justice League #29

Jarro, who is a small blue starfish from space with a pink border and one central eye, shares an embrace with Batman, in Justice League #29, DC Comics (2019). Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

Why is Batman hugging a starfish? Well, that starfish is the offspring of one of the Justice League’s earliest and most powerful enemies, Starro the Conqueror, and the Justice League brought him home to live with them. His name is Jarro, because he lives in a jar. He thinks Batman is his dad and wants to be Robin. Justice League #29 was a feature issue just about him.

I would die for Jarro.

The Green Lantern #10

The Green Lantern of the far-out parallel world of Earth-47, Magic Lantern, appears in a psychadelic page where he defeats very Blue Meanie-reminiscent enemy and is contacted by the Ever-Living Guru Joz, who tells him of a multiversal threat. Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp/DC Comics

Trust Grant Morrison to go full multiversal with his Green Lantern series and trust Liam Sharp to absolutely do the script justice.

The Dreaming #12

The ominous dream computer entity Wan sits on the throne of the dreaming and welcomes his visitors, in The Dreaming #12, DC Comics. Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely/DC Comics

The Dreaming caps off its second story arc and I’m even more in love with it than before. Every Sandman fan needs to read it.

Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #2

There isn’t a single page of this week’s Doom Patrol that isn’t 100% on fire on every level.

Future Foundation #1

Julie Power, aka Lightspeed, muses on how much she loves being a superhero as she rescues her target, in Future Foundation #1, Marvel Comics. Jeremy Whitley, Will Robson/Marvel Comics

I’ve never read anything with the Future Foundation — a Fantastic Four-associated team of teen geniuses/superheroes — but I quite liked the debut issue of the group’s new series.

The Woods, Yearbook Edition Book 2

The lost teenage characters of The Woods, on the cover of The Woods Yearbook Edition Book Two, Boom Studios (2019). Michael Dialynas/Boom Studios

I missed The Woods when it was originally hitting shelves, but every time Boom! Studios puts out a new edition of it I start reading and cannot put it down.

Absolute Carnage #1

Spider-Man quizzes Eddie Brock, who would really rather not talk about it, about why he has a kid hanging out with him, in Absolute Carnage #1, Marvel Comics (2019). Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman/Marvel Comics

Sure, Absolute Carnage is a series where Carnage is trying to eat the spine of pretty much every body in the Marvel Universe — but it’s also a series with a lot of humor and very good Spider-Man faces.


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