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Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Thor on the cover of Avengers #1, Marvel Comics (2018). Image: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, Justin Ponsor/Marvel Comics

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Unfortunately, The Avengers are millennials now

Except Captain America and Thor, obviously

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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.

For something so brightly colored and evanescent, superhero comics have always had a capacity to carry the weight of metaphor, to tell stories with punch — to make you sit down and really think.

Think about the passage of time, the ever-rolling-on of history. The fact that the framework through which you view the world, like so many eras of this medium of nearly disposable and ever shifting narratives, naturally becomes less relevant every day.

Anyway, hey folks, the Avengers are Millennials.

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.)

Champions #7

Ms. Marvel explains her plan to the rest of the Champions — Roxxon’s social media app is bad and it’s “Not something we can web or blast or punch — or even explain to the Avengers. They’re millennials — they don’t know how anything works,” in Champions #7, Marvel Comics (2021). Image: Danny Lore, Luciano Vecchio/Marvel Comics

Frank Miller says that one of the reasons he created Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is that he realized with a shock that he could no longer say that he was younger than Batman. I’m not saying I agree with that impulse. I’m just saying this exchange in Champions #7 made me sit up and stare into the distance for a minute or two.

Wonder Girl #1

Hera, Queen Nubia of the Amazons, and Queen Faruka of the Bana-Mighdall all independently rally their forces to seek out Yara Flor in Wonder Girl #1, DC Comics (2021). Image: Joëlle Jones/DC Comics

Joëlle Jones’ Wonder Girl kicked off very good this week with (unsurprisingly) gorgeous art. I’m very much looking forward to where Yara Flor, our new Wonder Girl, goes now that she’s in the regular-degular DC Comics timeline.

Way of X #2

Legion explains to Professor X and Magneto that he doesn’t trust their Krakoan utopia, but he does trust Nightcrawler, who is full of doubt about it in Way of X #2, Marvel Comics (2021). Image: Si Spurrier, Bob Quinn/Marvel Comics

Hey Legion fans, ya boi with the tall tall hair is back in Way of X, but the real reveal in issue #2 was the return of none other than ridiculous ’90s comics villain Onslaught, an evil being made of the darkest parts of Magneto and Charles Xavier’s psyches.

Evil psychic beings? At the heart of my Krakoa? It’s more likely than you think.

Ultramega #3

A mustachioed man costumed like a Ultraman-style kaiju fighter gives a stirring talk to a similarly attired young boy. He walks away and a jade tiny kaiju next to the boy says “He’s dead, y’know. You’re dead. We’re all dead.” in Ultramega #3, Image Comics (2021). Image: James Harren/Image Comics

Just another shoutout for Ultramega, which started as a body-horror-filled Ultraman homage, spent an issue as a Kaiju-inflected Mad Max fallout after the death of Earth’s anti-kaiju fighting force, and this issue ... introduced the idea that Earth’s kaiju overlords don’t grow so big anymore and so they stage arena battles in miniature city dioramas with captured humans as gladiators this series is WILD.

Mighty Valkyries #2

Kraven the Hunter stands on a rooftop, smiling slightly, holding a large bullet in his hand, in his open vest crowned with a lion’s mane. His muscles and chest hair are lovingly rendered, in Might Valkyries #2, Marvel Comics (2021). Image: Jaon Aaron, Torunn Grønbekk, Mattia De Iulis/Marvel Comics

I just thought you’d like to look at this splash panel of Kraven the Hunter. That’s all.

Nightwing #80

Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson sit down for police questioning. The cop asks Barbara the nature of her relationship with Dick in NIghtwing #80, DC Comics (2021).
Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon stare at each other deadpan. He exhales sheepishly. From Nightwing #80, DC Comics (2021).
“I’ve been wondering that myself,” says Dick Grayson, “But an interrogation is not how I wanted to broach the subject.” Barbara says “That’s not relevant.” A cop says “I think we’ll decide what’s relevant.” in Nightwing #80, DC Comics (2021).
“Really,” Barbara Gordon says, deadpan, “Because I have a law degree.” “Oh, yeah,” Dick Grayson remembers, “So do I.” In Nightwing #80, DC Comics (2021). Image: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo/DC Comics

Nightwing #80 is a perfect comic and I’m only partly saying that because of my intense nostalgia for the days when Dick Grayson and Tim Drake were tight as brothers and Dick and Barbara Gordon always had that Extremely Good Friends who might fall in love again some day thing going on.

The wombo combo of deep continuity cuts (who doesn’t have a law degree in the Bat Family these days) and Himbo Nightwing in these panels is incredible.

Fantastic Four: Life Story #1

“I saw it. Just for a moment. But i saw it. The death of our illusion. The death of our world. The death of everything,” thinks Mister Fantastic, recalling the moment he saw Galactus inhaling an entire galaxy in Fantastic Four: Life Story #1, Marvel Comics (2021). Image: Mark Russell, Sean Izaakse/Marvel Comics

Fantastic Four: Life Story is a follow up on Spider-Man: Life Story, the miniseries that summarized and reworked Spider-Man continuity as if it had happened over the 60-odd years of real historical events in reality. It’s not from the same creative team as Spider-Man, but its first issue certainly comes out with one very interesting tonal shift: a Galactus more inflected by true cosmic horror.


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