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The Miles Morales of Earth-616 — he’s older and evil and has a scarred face, in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10, Marvel Comics (2019). Saladin Ahmed, Javier Garrón/Marvel Comics

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An evil version of Spider-Man just showed up in Miles Morales’ universe

The hero’s evil doppelgänger is back

Thanks to Into the Spider-Verse, most people know that Miles Morales is the Spider-Man of another pocket of Marvel Universe, who now lives in the main Marvel Universe, Earth-616. And that might cause some of you to ask: If there was a Peter Parker in Miles’ universe, who is the Miles Morales of Earth-616?

The answer is, an older, wanted criminal, who got so fed up with the 616 that he decided to go live in Miles’ home universe instead, just before it was utterly destroyed. But now, in the pages of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10, he’s somehow back home and ready to rule Brooklyn’s criminal underworld with an iron fist.

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.” Let’s get started!

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10

Wilson Fisk and the Miles Morales of Earth-616 discuss his return to main Marvel continuity, in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #10, Marvel Comics (2019). Saladin Ahmed, Javier Garrón/Marvel Comics

How did he get back to Earth-616? Presumably that revelation is yet to come!

Young Justice #8

Tim Drake/Robin cradles an alternate universe Stephanie Brown/Spoiler as Bart Allen/Impulse tells him his superhero name should be Drake, in Young Justice #8, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, John Timms/DC Comics

Tim Drake’s claim to fame used to be that he was the youngest Robin, but that was upended with the debut of Damian Wayne, an even younger Robin. Writers have struggled to find him a new specialization, so these days, Tim is the leader of the newly reformed Young Justice team. In Young Justice #8, he meets an alternate universe version of himself whose superhero name is just goes “Drake.”

And sure, that’s a name that’s shared by the musician, Drake, but Tim’s current superhero name is Red Robin, the name of a fast food chain. So, win some, lose some.

Doctor Strange #19

Doctor Strange admires his newly healed hands, in Doctor Strange #19, Marvel Comics (2019). Mark Waid, Jesús Saiz/Marvel Comics

This week, Doctor Strange made a magical deal that could have gone horribly wrong, and it fixed his hands! He can be a surgeon again! I’m sure there will be no monkey paw repercussions!

Gogor #5

Gogor, a Hulk-like plant being, gathers water from a small waterfall in his palm to tend to an abused pack animal, as his companion, the young boy Armano sits by a campfire, in Gogor #5, Image Comics (2019). Ken Garing/Image Comics

Gogor was one of the coolest comics I read this year, and I’m so sad it’s not getting a chance to complete its ten issue run. Issue 5 will be the last for the foreseeable future, so for the love of god, pick it up in trade and maybe we’ll get more.

Silver Surfer Black #4

Galactus looms over the Silver Surfer in what looks like a roiling lake of blood, in Silver Surfer Black #4, Marvel Comics (2019). Donny Cates, Tradd Moore/Marvel Comics

As Galactus rises from an ocean of blood to dwarf the Silver Surfer, here’s another opportunity for me to say that I can’t get enough of Tradd Moore on Silver Surfer Black.

House of Whispers #13

A woman in a headwrap finds a baby chick with burning red eyes, that is improbably alive at the center of the egg she just cracked, in House of Whispers #13, DC Comics (2019). Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters, Matthew Dow Smith/DC Comics

House of Whispers is entering a third arc that looks to be very different than its first two, centering on the magical creature unleashed by a brow-beaten woman who finally embraces her anger. I’m in.

The Wonder Twins #7

Superman explains that it’s easy to be a hero when everyone believes in you, and its hard to stand up for your beliefs when you’re alone, in The Wonder Twins #7, DC Comics (2019). Mark Russell, Stephen Byrne/DC Comics

If you like Mark Russell books, The Wonder Twins is a very Mark Russell book, which is to say it’s deeply cynical until suddenly it’s not.

Batman Universe #3

A winged Thanagarian police officer mistakes Batman’s cape for wings. When corrected, he says “I’m sorry. I assumed it was for a purpose,” in Batman Universe #3, DC Comics (2019). Brian Michael Bendis, Nick Derington/DC Comics

Hello, Commissioner Gordon? I’d like to report a murder.

Powers of X #4

Mister Sinister expresses desire for a cape, and then orders the execution of an advisor — who is also a clone of Mister Sinister — for not advising him to get a cape, in Powers of X #4, Marvel Comics (2019). Image: Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva/Marvel Comics

I. Love. These. Panels.

Loki #3

The Children of Eternity show Loki the a library of every tale in the Marvel Universe. Wolverine’s shelf is very big, in Loki #3, Marvel Comics (2019). Daniel Kibblesmith, Oscar Bazaldua/Marvel Comics

Not only is a metaphysical library full of all the stories and potential stories of Marvel Heroes a fantastic way to acknowledge continuity without quite breaking the fourth wall — this is also a very good dig at Wolverine.

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