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Half a dozen moons swarm around Thor, converging to crush him beneath their titanic weight in Avengers #33, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jason Aaron, Javier Garrón/Marvel Comics

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Jason Aaron has spent the last few arcs of the Avengers teeing up plotlines but not quite resolving them. There’s a new Starbrand, in the form of an immensely powerful baby; Tony Stark is missing in the past; Mephisto has some kinda plan up his sleeve; and Dracula is still out there stronger than ever.

This issue, something even weirder happened. Perennially unreliable street-level superhero Moon Knight tried and succeeded in collecting the biggest magical forces in the Marvel Universe. He’s got the Iron Fist, the Eye of Agamotto, the power of the Black Panther, even Ghost Rider’s car.

He also kicked Thor’s ass.

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 the last one, read this.

The Avengers #33

“You might’ve been told that uru is as old as the universe itself,” Moon Knight tells Thor as he takes control of Mjolnir, “Uru is all that’s left... of the very first orb of the night. In other words, Thor... your hammer is made of moon rock,” in Avengers #33, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jason Aaron, Javier Garrón/Marvel Comics

And then Moon Knight summoned half a dozen moons and crushed Thor with them. I’m sure he’s ... fine.

Suicide Squad #5

Deadshot blows Lok’s head off at point blank range. Lok’s exploding head is covered by a DC comics parody stamp in homage to the Comics Code seal, in Suicide Squad #5, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

Tom Taylor does not pause the action for one second on Suicide Squad. He and artist Bruno Redondo keep the book a consistently stylish treat, but this particular use of the Comics Code seal — as Deadshot finally figures out how to do away with the Squad’s new, asshole of a government minder — made me absolutely lose my mind.

Bog Bodies

Shot in the leg, Killian stumbles out into the countryside, muttering “Ah... fuck.” in small white word balloons dwarfed by the blackness of a cloudy night, as he realizes how hopeless his situation is, in Bog Bodies, Image Comics (2020). Image: Declan Shalvey, Gavin Fullerton/Image Comics

A new graphic novel from Declan Shalvey, Gavin Fullerton, colorist Rebecca Nalty, and letterer Clayton Cowles, Bog Bodies follows one dark and bloody night in the lives of several members of an Irish gang. As a crime story it’s solid as heck, and as a ghost story it’s even more. Fullerton and Nalty in particular combine forces to great effect, playing with space and darkness.

Marauders #10

Professor Xavier tells the Five that they must give up on attempting to resurrect Kate Pryde. It appears to be impossible, in Mauraders #10, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

The X-Men are back! For months, Marauders fans have been kept in suspense over the fate of Captain Kate Pryde, Red Queen of the Hellfire Trading Company. No one on Krakoa can figure out why Kitty can’t use the island’s teleportation gates — and now Professor Xavier and the Five appear to have confirmed everybody’s bigger worry. Kitty can’t be resurrected like other mutants, either.

I don’t know how writer Gerry Duggan is going to solve this mystery, but I’m interested to find out.

Aquaman #59

Roaring in rage, Aquaman leads an entire group of sharks through the seas, in Aquaman #59, DC Comics (2020). Image: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha/DC Comics

Who amongst us does not appreciate a good, Aqaman-led, shark attack?

Justice League #45

As they are all connected by Wonder Woman’s golden lasso, the Spectre gives the Justice League a violent vision of the future, if there is no host to focus his vengeful nature, in Justice League #45. Image: Robert Venditti, Eddy Barrows/DC Comics

This week’s Justice League had some ups and downs for me, but shoutout to artist Eddy Barrows and colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. for this Alex-Ross-level page spread.

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