Batman fell from the moon, landed at Superman’s house and is mad as hell

Batman has been in his own hell for months now, ever since writer Chip Zdarsky took over the reins of the character’s flagship series. Drawn by Jorge Jimenez, the Caped Crusader battled “Failsafe”, an unstoppable robot engineered by Batman’s emergency rescue personality to activate and kill him if he broke his rule against killing.

Failsafe has so far chewed up Batman (multiple times), the entire Batman family, and even members of the Justice League like Superman himself. In the last issue, Batman lured the machine to the former Justice League satellite near the Moon, and this month’s issue opened with Batman stranded, drifting in space between the Moon and the Moon. Earth. So he did what any of us would have done in that situation.

He found a way to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and reach living soil.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s list of books our comic book editor enjoyed this week. It’s part society pages about the lives of superheroes, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be spoilers. Perhaps there is not enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)


Image: Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez/DC Comics

How did Batman return to the Arctic? He grabbed an oxygen tank and an unhoused booster rocket from his wrecked ship to cling to for propulsion, depended on the battlesuit for insulation and shielding (wrapping his trunk around his face when his oxygen mask melted back to school), and I’m guessing he did one plot mathematics of orbital mechanics on the fly.

He even managed to land within walking distance of the Fortress of Solitude. Nobody told Tom Cruise about it.

Iceman, Firestar and Spider-Man watch their vanquished enemy: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, transformed into an evil monster, burned and then frozen in a giant block of ice.

Image: Gerry Duggan, Rod Reis/Marvel Comics

I love a superhero story that takes place over Christmas, and one where the mundane objects of New York all turn into Toon Town nightmares, like dark web, is particularly fun. The central conceit of this series – the embittered clones of Jean Gray and Peter Parker who team up to make matters worse – is obscure, but the series itself gives the impression of knowing how ridiculous it is.

The piece that will stick with me for a while is this really real example of superhero collateral issues. Not a crushed building, not a destroyed bridge: a huge eyesore on a major landmark that takes far too long to clear. It’s perfect.

Little Yuna and her mother are discussing where you will go after you die.  “It could be a bit like wrestling,” she finally replies, “A lot of people think wrestling is about the outcome.  The end.  Predetermined.  Why bother watching?  But we all know where we are going in the end.  Eventually we die.  Our result is always known,” she says in Do A Powerbomb #7 (2022).

Image: Daniel Warren Johnson/Image Comics

Do a Powerbombalready one of my best comics of 2023 (as trade won’t hit until March), takes its sweet break this week, with electrifying action and heart-wrenching drama until the very end.

Two guys talk vaguely to each other in a restaurant about the serious and dangerous thing they are about to do.  They are dressed in a nondescript manner, except that one of them has a big fancy beard and mustache, and the other has abnormally colored skin and hair.

Image: Tom King, Jorge Fornes/DC Comics

From the team that brought you Rorschach come street hazardnominally an ensemble thriller miniseries Alone about the shmoes of DC Comics’ most obscure and rambling series – characters like Lady Cop, Atlas (not the Greek), and Star Man (not the one you’ve heard of).

It’s an odd illusion, given that I know some of these characters very well – Metamorpho, Warlord, and Doctor Fate, for example – but the overall experience most powerfully reminds me of something like top ten or watchmen or even an old Wildstorm book. Somehow, writer Tom King and artist Jorge Fornés made the DC Universe an inspired ad hoc quirky superhero setting, poking fun at and celebrating the weirdness of the universe. DC.

The modern Avengers - and Squirrel Girl - sit around a table while Maria Hill demonstrates her new Skrull detector in Secret Invasion #2 (2022).

Image: Ryan North, Francesco Mobili/Marvel Comics

Don’t Think I Didn’t Notice Squirrel Girl’s Lineless Avengers Cameo in Ryan North and Francesco Mobili Secret Invasion. Because I did. I see it, I’m here for it and I love it.

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