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Aquaman (Arthur Curry) cradles his new baby daughter, in Aquaman #57, DC Comics (2020). Image: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques/DC 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.

Eight months after Mera’s pregnancy was first revealed, the Queen of Atlantis and her consort have welcomed a baby girl to their deep sea kingdom. The little princess is hale and healthy, while her mother is resting in a stable... coma, after exerting too much effort making a kaiju-sized version of herself made out of mind-controlled water to fight a giant robot.

Comics are the best soap operas. And under the pen of writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, I doubt that Mera will stay in that coma for very long — in fact, she may be getting some sweet new superpowers out of it.

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. If you missed last week, read this. Let’s get started!

Aquaman #57

An Atlantean doctor introduces Aquaman to his new daughter, the crown princess, in Aquaman #57, DC Comics (2020). Image: Kelley Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques/DC Comics

I’m guessing the delivery was a water birth?

Wolverine #1

Dracula sits on a skeletal throne, numerous IV lines feeding him with Wolverine’s blood, in Wolverine #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Benjamin Percy, Adam Kubert/Marvel Comics

Wolverine #1 kicked off with two stories instead of one, and I think it’s important you know that the second one is about how Logan’s blood turns out to be superfood to vampires, and Dracula wants it real bad.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #2

Fenris negotiates an alliance with Vaea, and glowingly compliments her mabari hound, in Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #2, Dark Horse Comics (2020). Image: Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa/Dark Horse Comics

I’ve already let you know that there’s a new Dragon Age comic going around, but I thought you’d also like to know that Fenris’ voice actor, Gideon Emery, recorded his take on this scene of the elvhen warrior going all soft over a slobbery dog.

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #8

“Reign of the Subparmen” declares a newspaper headline about four mysterious new Jimmy Olsens (based on the Reign of the Supermen story arc) who have appeared in Metropolis. Captions cite the title of the story as “My Olsen, My Olsen, My Olsen, and Me!” in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #8, DC Comics (2020). Image: Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

How could I not post a major superhero comic making a My Brother, My Brother, and Me goof?

DCeased: The Unkillables #1

“This is pretty fucked up,” Commissioner Gordon says to Jason Todd, about how he tied the Joker’s dead body to the front of the batmobile. “It’s an apocalypse, don’t judge me,” Jason replies, in DCeased: The Unkillables #1, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom Taylor, Karl Mostert/DC Comics

DCeased: The Unkillables #1 is the first of DC’s follow up series about what happened to the villains during the zombie apocalypse, and this page made it in the round up due to the laugh rule. Not just Jason Todd saying that he’s immune to judgement during the apocalypse but the careful wording of “an apocalypse” rather than “the apocalypse.” Chef kiss emoji.

New Mutants #7

Sunspot is upset that Dani Moonstar interrupted his recap of the last issue, only for Dani to explain that he lost track of the New Mutants schedule and so just spoiled the current issue, in New Mutants #7, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jonathan Hickman, Rod Reis/New Mutants

Instead of glossing over some events narratively, New Mutants #7 features a scene in which one of the characters accidentally recaps the issue’s events before they happen, so the characters just move on with the next bit. This is a joke that only works once, but it definitely worked for me.

Batman #89

The Joker takes a phone call in front of a corkboard with all the secret identities of the Bat-family on it, in Batman #89, DC Comics (2020). Image: James Tynion IV, Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki/DC Comics

Tynion’s Batman keeps teasing the Joker’s big plan, and it looks like he’ll be coming for the bat-family first — like usual.


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