This week, a former villain recently realized his life was largely a fabrication made by the devil, put his differences aside for the better, and joined the Avengers. For the Avengers, this is nothing new…except, maybe, because their new way of recruiting is technically Batman.
Nighthawk, a bird-themed night-slashing supervillain, is a longtime member of the Supreme Squad, founded in 1969 as Marvel Comics’ flagship superhero team based entirely on Marvel Comics. DC Comics Justice League. And now he’s an Avenger! You would think that after all these years, I’m tired of all the ways that superhero universes in the comics cannibalize each other, but I really don’t. Batman in Avengers! Go ahead, you have a fun little plot, friend.
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will let you know. Welcome to Funnies Monday, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comics editors loved over the past week. It’s the social pages of superheroes’ lives, the reading recommendations section, the “look at this amazing piece of work”. There may be some damage. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the final edition, read on.)
Do I care much about Squadron Supreme? About Knighthawk? Honestly, no. But do I enjoy chuckling about Batman faking joining the Avengers? You bet I do.
Now this is how you play Catwoman becoming a hero who is still a world-class thief: She steals the Black Mask’s mask right from his face and holds it for ransom, and then you can Do it with this completely arresting full-page sensational photo. Tini Howard and Nico Leon’s Catwoman is quietly becoming one of my trusted favorites.
Benjamin Percy’s book werewolves and force x are very serious stories about serious people dealing with serious problems. That’s part of the reason why I enjoyed a complete Looney Tunes story about Deadpool (Ralph Wolf) desperately trying to set foot on Krakoa and join the X-Force (eating lamb) when Wolverine (Sam Sheepdog) stop him at every turn.
I am a big fan of Basket full of headsand as a fan of how its sequels are, Refrigerator full of headsextended the original premise of the alone-in-one-night-horror to full Dead Devil/Jaw gonzo action horror premise. When Chekov’s immortal shark head finally fell from the fireplace to take down the half-perfect villain – who had transformed himself into a monstrous snake monster with a magic belt, I feel very satisfied.
But when, just a few pages later, the villain’s upper body reappears in the shocking tradition of slashing our heroes with an ax, it’s only for Rio Youers writer and artist Tom Fowler . revealed that the belt fell on the head of a shark, turn a shark’s head into a giant snake monster with a shark’s headand the shark snake (shake? jiggle?) fall on the wicked and devour him – I cringed for a good minute. Bless this comic for knowing exactly what it is, and Fowler for drawing the hell out of it.
https://www.polygon.com/23037891/batman-avengers-marvel-comics-knighthawk Batman just joined the Avengers in Marvel’s comic books