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Rocket Racoon, wearing a trenchcoat and fedora, while carrying a flask of alcohol, walks into a room, flanked by Phyla-Vell, Groot, Hercules, and Moondragon, in Guardians of the Galaxy #7, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Al Ewing, Marcio Takara/Marvel Comics

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The Guardians of the Galaxy are doing Knives Out in space

Knives WAY out

The Kree-Skrull War is over. Really, really over. What’s left is the tough task of cobbling together a new intergalactic code of conduct in the Marvel universe. And when you want your diplomacy done right you turn to the most reputable heroes in the galaxy.

But they were all unavailable or accused of bias. So, instead, it’s up to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

And wouldn’t you know it, things immediately start going wrong?

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. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)


Guardians of the Galaxy #7

“I heard a gunshot—” says the Super-Skrull as he punches through the wall of a space bathroom. “... It wasn’t me,” says Marvel Boy, as he literally holds a smoking gun, in Guardians of the Galaxy #7, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Al Ewing, Marcio Takara/Marvel Comics

During the post-war negotiations’ first bathroom break, a mysterious shapeshifter framed Marvel Boy, representative of the Utopian Kree, for the murder of Zoralis Gupa, a lizardman representing the Galactic Rim Collective, and Captain Val-Lorr, a representative of the Kree/Skrull Alliance. The killer could be any one of the attending delegates, but none of them trust each other to spearhead an honest investigation.

They need a law official with absolutely no connections to any galactic force of law, “perhaps even the only being of their kind,” muses the Super-Skrull, which points to one guy and one guy only: Ranger Rocket Raccoon, the Benoit Blanc of space.

Batman #101

Catwoman explains her plan to separate from Batman for a year so they can work out their own lives, in Batman #101, DC Comics (2020). Image: James Tynion IV, Guillem March/DC Comics

In case you haven’t heard, Batman is on a budget. But it gets worse. He and Catwoman have decided to take a year’s separation, as he figures out how he needs to change to meet Gotham’s needs, and she works to defuse her enemies and clear her name so she can live an open and stress free life as Bruce Wayne’s partner as well as Batman’s.

Excalibur #13

Cable, Storm, Wolverine, Douglock, Magik, Captain Britain and Captain Avalon stand on their sigils at the sword dais on Krakoa, in Excalibur #13, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Tini Howard, R.B. Silva/Marvel Comics

Eight sword-bearers down (not pictured above: Apocalypse), two to go before the X-Men face off against the best of the best of Arakko. Who’s left? Gorgon, with his Grasscutter and Godkiller swords? Or is there a mysterious tenth champion? We’ll probably find out in the next installment of X of Swords, X of Swords: Stasis #1.

Daredevil #23

“I was mad at myself for not turning myself in. For going on like nothing had happened. I saw you and I just saw myself and got so — so mad, I — I —” Spider-Man tells Daredevil in Daredevil #23, Marvel Comics (2020). Daredevil hugs him. Image: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto/Marvel Comics

I want to go on the record to say that I think superheroes should hug more often.

Werewolf by Night #1

Granny Rora complains that Jake’s werewolf fur is clogging up her shower drain, in Werewolf by Night #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Taboo, B. Earl, Scot Eaton/Marvel Comics

Werewolf by Night is a revival of one of Marvel’s classic horror series, this time with a Hopi cast. It’s got plenty of werewolf action, but my favorite bits are Jake’s homelife with his grandma, who just wants him to stop shedding wolf hair in the shower.