It’s been a tough winter for the Hulk. The leader trapped most of Bruce Banner and most of his altars in Hell, leaving only two personalities in Hulk’s actual body, which has been stripped of gamma energy until he looks more like the funny green giant.
Alone for Christmas are Joe Fixit, the wise man from Vegas, and Devil Hulk, the destructive and childlike “Hulk Smash” personality who is just looking for a little understanding. Unfortunately, the Hulk is in New York City just as an endless horde of symbiotic dragons emerges, controlled by a space god.
Typical Marvel holiday season.
What else happens on the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comic book editor has enjoyed over the past week. There are partly social pages of superhero life, partly reading recommendations, partly “Check out 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 issue, read this one.)
King in Black: Immortal Hulk
OK but seriously that Immortal Hulk One shot on King in black is a great single edition that is fully legible even if you know nothing about Venom or the Hulk. It’s fun, action-packed, full and has a happy ending. And all without dialogue.
Superman # 28
Brian Bendis completes a historic run Superman with a recall on one of his earliest problems. Just one of those great, cute Superman moments.
Blade Runner 2029 # 1
Titan’s Blade Runner series returns! I really enjoyed the first installment, Blade Runner 2019for its focus on women fighting against consumption by the cyberpunk capitalism machine. The first edition of this sequel appears to be doing the same. The main character is also a strange Lady Blade Runner who is struggling with a disability Theis bad.
New mutants # 14
New mutants # 14 is the first from writer Vita Ayala to be writing soon Children of the atom. It’s a strong start to a new story arc, it brings back the Shadow King as the villain, and it has everyone’s favorite clone of Laura Kinney / Wolverine asking very important questions about whether she is allowed to die.
And of course Gabby is almost impossible to kill because of the healing factor, but also Don’t you dare not resuscitate my sweet murder baby.
Batman # 105
What’s this? Batman had his final confrontation with a rival vigilante who uses less empathetic tactics and instead of beating each other out, did they voice their differences and the other agreed to tone it down and work with Batman?
James Tynion is really innovative in form here.
Black cat # 1
Look, sometimes you read a line that is so comic-only that it needs to be included in the summary.
Stories from the Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths
In general, I find the Tales from the Dark Multiverse One-Shots pretty depressing – like a Marvel What If? but it is always a bad ending. So I want to commend Steve Orlando and Mike Perkins for their version of Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Earth 2 became the basis of the new timeline and the Justice League were the underdogs in a new place while the Justice Society took over the protection of humanity. Sure, it’s still a Pyrrhic victory, but at least there is a victory.