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Captain Marvel raises the sledgehammer of Ronan the Accuser above her head as lightning arcs through the sky on the cover of Captain Marvel #18, DC Comics (2020). Image: Jorge Molina/Marvel Comics

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Congratulations, Captain Marvel, you’ve got a secret, super-buff alien sister

She also might be a war criminal?

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.

It’s been a busy few years for Captain Marvel, and I’m not talking about her movie. A little while ago she found out that her mother was secretly a Kree defector, rewriting the origin of her superpowers from a chance encounter with an alien warrior to her earned birthright.

But being publicly outed as half alien hasn’t always been easy for Carol Danvers. The US military certainly wasn’t pleased at the revelation that their former officer was a descendant of a war-mongering space empire. And now she’ll probably be in trouble with another jingoistic empire: The combined Kree-Skrull armada.

But what’s a person to do when the accused war criminal you’ve been sent to execute turns out to be your half-sister?

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.

Captain Marvel #18

“Where do we go now?” asks Captain Marvel’s blue-skinned Kree sister, Lauri-Ell. “I have no idea,”  she answers, in Captain Marvel #18, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Kelly Thompson, Cory Smith/Marvel Comics

See, Carol also just took over Ronan the Accuser’s job (and his hammer), as the Judge Dredd of the Kree empire. And she’s definitely shirking that duty by hiding her sister, Lauri-Ell. (Look, all Kree names are just like that.) Lauri-Ell has been accused of destroying an entire city of innocent civilians, but she maintains her innocence. Seems like a real conundrum for our dear Captain.

Wonder Woman #759

Mikel Janín: Great at drawing cute buns, and great at drawing cute buns. Everybody forgets that Wonder Woman can talk to animals, but not Mariko Tamaki. The new Wonder Woman creative team is off to a great start.

X-Factor #1

“Is there anybody else you can think of who’d be useful to an investigation?” Northstar’s narration asks. “Nah, Polaris responds, I think we’re good.” In panel, Eye-boy painstakingly puts googly eyes all over his pair of white crocs, in X-Factor #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Leah Williams, David Baldeon/Marvel Comics

Thank you, X-Factor #1 for the gift of Eye-Boy putting googly eyes all over his crocs.


A strange human figure zips through space, following an orange rocketship, on a 5x7 grid of panels in Hedra, Image Comics (2020). Image: Jesse Lonergan/Image Comics

The nine-panel grid is famous in Western comics, but Jesse Lonergan set himself an even more ambitious goal with Hedra: A 35-panel grid. The result is a visually fascinating one-issue sci-fi parable. Check out our preview of it here, and then go get the comic.

Cable #2

Cyclops licks his lips happily as he unwraps and raises a Philly cheesesteak to his mouth in Cable #2, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto/Marvel Comics

Bless Phil Noto and Gerry Duggan for this panel of a Cyclops who can’t wait to tuck into a delicious Philly cheesesteak on the moon.

Suicide Squad #7

Deadshot’s daughter Zoe shows off her home-made superhero costume as Liveshot, in Suicide Squad #7, DC Comics (2020). Image: Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere/DC Comics

Suicide Squad has not missed a beat since it launched late last year, and now Tom Taylor is reintroducing Deadshot’s daughter as an aspiring archer superhero with a homemade costume. I love her.


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