These weeks X-Men # 20 brought a lot of fun for X-Men fans by announcing that “Inferno” is coming soon. This is Inferno, the epic and popular crossover from 1989.
The original inferno was set ablaze when Madelyne Pryor – a clone of Jean Gray and Cyclops’ ex-wife – made a deal with a devil and turned her into the Goblin Queen and New York City into her own hellish landscape, all with aiming to get revenge on the man who abandoned her and her baby, the woman he replaced her with, and all of her friends.
These Inferno has been simmering since the dawn of X era and will no doubt have its own twists and turns, but it still has the rage of a woman wronged: Mystique wants her wife, Destiny, to be resurrected. And if she can’t have that, she’ll burn Krakoa down.
What else happens on the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comics editor liked over the past week. It’s partly society pages about the lives of superheroes, 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.)
You see, Krakoa is all part of Professor X and Magneto’s plan with the reincarnating mutant Moira MacTaggert, who holds a grudge against Destiny and all precognitive mutants. They tacitly prevented mutated precogs from receiving the gift of the mutant resurrection. And apparently, Destiny, the late wife of Mystique, is the only mutant Precog that everyone cares enough about.
Also, Destiny warned Mystique that one day people would refuse to revive her. And if they did, Mystique should do whatever it takes to destroy their works. It seems like this fall, possibly in the new but nameless X-Men series written by Jonathan Hickman, coming out in September.
According to Korean-American writer Jeremy Holt, Made in Korea is his way of dressing his own exploration of the self in the clothes of science fiction. The first issue deals with world building and outlines an environment in which couples no longer have biological children, but the privileged can spend a lot of money on never-aging Android children. However, these parents have become the fortuitous recipients of a fully sentient model.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 50-issue run on Black Panther ended this week with a long delay, with many threads tied in loops – you can read about some of them in an in-depth interview. And that included new incarnations for all Orisha, Wakanda’s gods, including their main goddess Bast. Daniel Acuña does a great job with her new design.
Something is killing the children starts a new arc with a brand new focus. We look back in time to see Erica’s childhood as part of a secret organization of traumatized monster hunters, the House of Slaughter.
When you read Batman black and white # 6 For a story, make it “Like Monsters of the Deep,” in which Batman recruits Clayface to take down a group of sex traffickers. James Harren kills it with this art.
Dragon Age fans are constantly dying of thirst in a desert, so I thought I’ll let everyone reading this know that Dragon Age: Dark Fortress wrapped up with some hints of the red Lyrium idol that definitely seems to be a big part of the next game. We will see!