This week, DC wrapped up the Black Label book Hellblazer: Rise and Fall with a story about John Constantine investigating a mysterious string of deaths in which the worst of society’s upper crust keep leaping to their deaths with what look like angel wings sewn into their backs.
Way back in the series’ first issue, Satan tricks John into believing for several minutes that he had a drunken one night stand with the devil himself, before laughing his ass off and telling John that as the King of Hell he has better standards than that. But is John Constantine too low rent for quick snog with the Lord of Lies?
This week we found out that no. No he is not.
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.)
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #3
What really makes this panel for me is the correct artistic choice on Darick Robertson’s part, that when French kissing the Devil, Constantine would lift his ankle like a little princess.
Awww, yes, Runaways is finally addressing the Krakoa question: Now that all mutants have a home, how does resident mutant Runaway Molly Hayes feel about living on the island?
Yara Flor’s first solo series concluded this week, but don’t worry — she’ll be back as Wonder Girl!
Tommy/Speed losing his cool over Northstar, seasoned gay speedster, was one of the loveliest moments in this week’s X-Factor.
The Dreaming: Waking Hours #7
Speaking of queers, this arc of The Dreaming: Waking Hours is turning into that one meme. Every queer friend group has: An exiled angel, a talking raven, a baby gargoyle, a trans sorceress, her himbo boyfriend who loves her so much he lets her dress him in mesh shirts, and a nightmare who fell in love with a monk he saw once in a dream.
This is not a complaint.
Black Knight: King in Black
Black Knight: King in Black serves as a one-shot preview of Simon Spurrier’s Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade, and you know I’m here for Spurrier writing a Falstaffian fantasy hero. Coda knocked my socks off.
Far Sector #10
Far Sector wins the award for most eerily prescient — but perhaps not surprisingly prescient, given that it’s written by sci-fi author N.K. Jemisin — comic on the stands today.
Hellions did not grab me in its first arc but ever since the X of Swords stuff, every issue of it is something that tickles my love of weird comic book meta and gives me a good belly laugh.