Last we saw Wonder Woman, she was on the cusp of ascending to the God Sphere (it’s a thing), but she turned down the deific opportunity to explore the multiverse. In this week’s Wonder Woman #770, we found out exactly where she wound up next: In the Norse afterlife, with no memory of who she is.
And that can mean only one thing: Thor.
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.)
Wonder Woman did not meet Marvel Comics’ Thor, obviously. No, that hasn’t been feasible in years. This is the real Thor! I mean, it’s the — hm. It’s the real mythological Thor?
Metatextual fun aside, Wonder Woman #770 is a great first issue from the book’s new creative team. Michael W. Conrad and Becky Cloonan create a compelling mystery in the center of a bunch of fun Norse mythological references. Wonder Woman becomes besties with Sigfried instantly, and a confidant of Ratatoskr, the squirrel god of gossip. It’s all drawn by Travis Moore, one of DC’s top producers of cute boys.
We held back in our review for spoilers sake, but Children of the Atom #1 has a big twist at the end. This team of six X-Men loving, mutant defending kids are ... humans who want to be mutants. The series is now poised to grapple with meaty questions about idol worship, appropriation, and the effect of Krakoa’s ascendancy on human culture.
James Tynion IV did a lot of clever things in The Joker #1, but among them is finding a way to put a Batman Beyond-style gang of Joker-worshipping teens into main continuity! Long live the Jokerz.
Proctor Valley Road is gaining a lot of press as a new Grant Morrison project, but if you’d told me this was a new indie debut I’d have been just as excited about it. Morrison and Child do a great job of introducing a sprawling cast of 1970s teens who live near a severely haunted road, but it’s Naomi Fanquiz’s character designs and expressions that really sold me on these four girls and their quest to make enough money to go to a Jans Joplin concert.
Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s Daredevil is so solidly great that it rarely makes it into the roundup — just another great issue of Daredevil this week [yawns]. But this one makes the roundup for that great staple of Daredevil stories: Somebody calling Matt Murdock on his self-flagellating bullshit.
Batman: Urban Legends is my first unexpected favorite of DC’s new lineup. Then again, an anthology comic about the not-Batman heroes in Gotham City is not a hard sell for me. I almost never feel feelings about the Red Hood, and yet the main story in Urban Legends #1 clobbered me right in the bat-emotions.