The cheerful maven of mayhem has put two impossible tasks on her To Do list. First, she’ll make true amends for everything she did to the citizens of Gotham as the Joker’s gal. And after some heated debate with Batman, he’s left her in charge of finding and, if possible, rehabilitating all the people who took up the Joker’s “cause” during the events of the Joker War arc. After all, she’s a psychiatrist and she knows exactly what it’s like “to be manipulated by a mass-murderin’ %#!@$#.”
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.)
Because Harley is smart, she grilled Batman about a stipend for her work — which would go a long way towards rehabbing her trashed apartment. And that probably would have worked, if Batman wasn’t himself on a stipend at the moment. But he did manage to get her the bat-toaster she asked for, and I think that’s sweet.
With Alien #1, facehugger fans are back in business. We’ve a longer review right here, but I’ll say that Salvador Larroca can definitely draw an unsettling xenomorph den.
Rain Like Hammers! It’s a charmingly inventive sci-fi comic of which I have loved every issue. Picture me, walking around my apartment all week, gently whispering “secret toot.”
After Future State, almost all of DC’s books are kicking off with new creative teams or arcs this month, and Gene Luen Yang and Ivan Reis’ first issue of Batman/Superman is a really fun visual experiment in telling two stories simultaneously, as you slowly realize that neither of the threads are taking place in the universe you think they are.
Ta-Nehisi Coats and Daniel Acuña’s penultimate issue of Black Panther keeps it bombastic and character focused at the same time, with fantastic battle between the forces of Emperor N’Jadaka and every Black superhero in the Marvel Universe, with Wakanda’s armies backing them up.
Did I mention that Batman is broke and had to move out of Wayne Manor and the Batcave? His solution: Many tiny Batcaves. The new problem: He has to dig them himself in the sewer. The upside: Dan Mora drawing lots of shirtless Batman.
Miles and Kamala played one-on-one this week! With powers! It was cute, that’s all I have to say.