If you buy something from a Polygon link Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Dark Crisis is DCs 2022 crossover event all about what happens after the Justice League dies. Its first issue has a tight focus on Jon Kent whos already stepped into his fathers big red boots as Superman and naturally sees it as his responsibility to recruit a new Justice League to inspire protect and comfort the world in a time of grief and uncertainty.
Its just that his picks are… well lets go through them. Supergirl Jons cousin once removed whod certainly hear about it at the next reunion if she hadnt said yes a Blue Beetle Doctor Light making her mandatory appearance in an event comic and absolutely nowhere else Killer Frost who while reformed still has a pesky ol uncontrollable hunger for the heat of human bodies Booster Gold the other Blue Beetle FRANKENSTEIN Aqualad Jons closest gay friend Robin Jons closest straight friend and the barely reformed Harley Quinn. If this is how you found out that Frankensteins monster is a recurring DC Comics superhero Im sorry. He is called Frankenstein and hes a secret agent for paranormal stuff I think. Im not looking it up.
What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? Well tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies Polygons weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. Its 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.
In the words of Sam Wilson Black Adam is out of line but hes right — this is not the Justice League that will make the world feel like its in good hands when its greatest heroes have fallen and villains are running amok. But its a great character beat for Jon whos got all of his dads optimism and faith in people but none of his experience in public relations. I loved Christine Larsens Orcs a classic what if it was from the henchmens point of view story but with an uncommon commitment. Orcs is funny of course but the humor is in service of a mix of earnest sliceoflife and adventure. Im really glad Larsen is back with a new miniseries in the setting this time with these crowpeople at the fore. I already love them.
Writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Marcio Takaras Poison Ivy starts strong with a cocktail of Annihilation visuals and Hannibalesque intrusive thoughts. If the rest of the miniseries continues the same I think itll be an Ivy story for the ages. Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor hits shelves just in time to provide an ongoing Jane Foster comic to grab when Thor Love & Thunder hits. My longestshot hopedfor comic book reference? A cameo from Janes unionized pegasus Mr. Horse. If you pick up one comic this week make it DC Pride 2022 #1. The standout story here is the only piece of nonfiction A memoir of struggling as a gay actor in the 80s and early 90s from the voice of Batman himself Kevin Conroy.
Storytime Picture me waiting to start an interview at the DC Comics booth hearing a weirdly familiar laugh on the other side of a dividing screen and wondering which buddy of mine was doing photos over there — and then realizing with a jolt that it was familiar because it sounded just like Batman. As I sat down with the reason I was actually there interviewing a queer comics creator Conroy crossed the divider to take a chair for his own interviews and struck up a conversation with my subject. I didnt dare interrupt and I didnt want to. I could have lived in that bubble of a moment — a queer professional creator a queer reporter and the queer industry legend whod inspired both of us — for hours.