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