Last week, Daredevil went to jail. This week, there’s a new Daredevil on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen that you might recognize.
That’s right, it’s internationally feared assassin Elektra Natchios, a woman so scary her code name is just her first name. And look at that costume! Some incredible design work from Marco Checchetto.
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, 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.)
Of course, Elektra has a bigger plan than just taking care of Hell’s Kitchen. She and Stick have found a way to destroy the Hand forever, but they need Matt’s help. But right now he’s honor bound to stay in jail and serve his sentence for manslaughter, and on top of that he still doesn’t trust Elektra or Stick.
But maybe if Elektra can gain his trust by taking care of Hell’s Kitchen, they can save the world together. At least that’s the plan.
After two years of buildup, the biggest thing to ever happen in Venom comics is here: Marvel’s King in Black event, which you’ll be seeing impact books all around the publisher’s lineup, from the Avengers to the X-Men. Check out our review of the kickoff issue.
Justice League: Endless Winter #1
Meanwhile, DC has their own mid-winter crossover hitting the shelves, Justice League: Endless Winter. That name might seem a little ominous, but the kickoff comic itself is some classic superhero adventure.
Also if you didn’t know that Superman moved the Fortress of Solitude to the Bermuda Triangle, well, now you do.
X-Factor, the comic most concerned with how mutants die, had a lot of mopping up to do in the aftermath of X of Swords, but I particularly loved a motif of placing panels of various characters individual activities against wide shots of their massive tower home. That sounds simple, perhaps even clunky, but Leah Williams and David Baldeón use it to root all the characters in a single moment, apart but together. It just worked for me!
Black Widow #4
Holy COW look at this fight scene from Elena Casagrande.
Fantastic Four Road Trip #1
There’s a lot of good art to pull from Fantastic Four: Road Trip, but most of it is either spoilery or just plain unintelligible out of context. So I’ll settle for this full page panel of Franklin Richards doing his thing, and just say that it’s a very solid one-shot story.