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There are Wonder Woman books about Wonder Woman having adventures off in the wild blue yonder, and there are Wonder Woman books that really dig into the implicit conflict of the character: A woman from an island of immortal philosopher warriors who are all women.

DC’s new series Nubia & the Amazons is the latter. The book is solely about the society of Themyscira, and doing very, very smart things with the Amazons.

In its first page, with one supernatural plot device, co-writers Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala, along with artist Alitha Martinez, inject an invaluable source of variety to the never-changing island of immortals. And, as Williams took care to confirm on Twitter, it’s also a way to explicitly include trans women in the society of Themyscira.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s 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.)


“I don’t know how to explain it yet, but this exact moment feels like my soul has desired it long before I came here,” says the new Amazon Bia in Nubia & the Amazons #1 (2021).

Image: Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Alitha Martinez/DC Comics

In their premiere issue, Williams, Ayala, and Martinez introduce the Well of Souls, an offshoot of the Amazon origin story detailed way back in George Peréz’s influential Amazon origin story in 1987. Peréz’s Amazons were created within the Cavern of Souls, a place where Greek goddesses make each new warrior from the reincarnated souls of women who died from violence perpetrated by men. The new Well of Souls creates a path from the Cavern to Themyscira, and establishes the idea that the arrival of new Amazons is routine and accompanied by much celebration and welcoming ritual. Including each new Amazon choosing a name for herself.

Fans suspected that Bia’s admission here held something significant that was yet to be revealed, and Williams confirmed the theory on Twitter, saying “The answer to your burning question is yes. There are trans Amazons. One of the newest Amazons is a Black trans woman.”

See? This is exactly the kind of awesome thing you can do when you get excited about the potential of an island of immortal warrior philosopher women.

“Mjolnir has been stolen. You need me to find it for you. Is that about the size of it?” says Throg, as he sips a drink from a goblet, and Thor crouches uncomfortably at the end of the frog-sized banquet table in Thor #18 (2021).

“You know. No one knows. How? How is this possible,” Thor asks, angry. “Throg knows everything. You’ve come to the right place,” Throg replies. He drains his drink. He slams it down on the table. “Now,” he says, “I’ll need a team,” in Thor #18 (2021).

Image:

I don’t usually put an entire page in the roundup, much less two pages, but this moment in Thor #18, which leans into Frog Thor like a sharp turn and presages the just-a-few-pages-later reformation of the (Pet) Avengers just rules too hard not to show it.

“We’re going to break into the Batcave,” says Selina Kyle (short hair with a grey streak) to Killer Crock (overweight, wearing a wifebeater, open baseball jersey, gold chain, and a cap). “On Election Day,” she continues in Catwoman: Lonely City #1 (2021).

Killer Croc laughs softly at first, then brays out a deep belly laugh in a bar, much to Selina Kyle’s consternation. “Goddamn, Selina! Woo! I’ll drink to that!” in Catwoman: Lonely City #1 (2021).

Image: Cliff Chiang/DC Comics

Hey, are you a fan of Batman: The Animated Series and other Batman comics like it? Would you like to read a We’re Definitely Getting Too Old for This heist story about a just-got-out-of-doing-hard-time Catwoman in a modern Gotham City where Batman’s been dead for years? Well, you should read Catwoman: Lonely City, because it’s about the best and most stylish version of that pitch you could expect. The book is also the first time Cliff Chiang has written a comic as well as drawing it and dang! Let this guy write comics more! He also colors and letters it! Dang! Dang!

“Did you attack my grandparents?” Jon Kent asks Heny Bendix, ruler of Gamorra, as he floats threateningly into his highrise building. “I would never harm an innocent family,” Bendix smiles, “Gamorra is a peaceful nation,” in Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 (2021).

Image: Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo/DC Comics

A while back someone asked me who the most homophobic supervillain was, and I was hard pressed to decide on one from DC Comics — Marvel makes it easy, with how many Literal Nazis hang around in that setting — maybe Wonder Woman’s Doctor Psycho?

But I have a new answer now. What with being Apollo and Midnighter’s nemesis, and his setup as a villain to Jon Kent, soon to be established as bisexual, I deem Henry Bendix the most homophobic supervillain in DC Comics. This is no loss, as he is the worst in all incarnations. Long may he get his jaw socked by superhumans.

“You have got to be fucking kidding me,” says a character as she and another look at the severed shark head gnashing and chomping furiously in the bottom of their boat in Refrigerator Full of Heads #1 (2021).

Image: Rio Youers, Tom Fowler/DC Comics

If you read Basket Full of Heads, you know it is a series about a viking axe whose victims remain alive and aware even after their heads are separated from their bodies. The sequel, Refrigerator Full of Heads, ups the ante immediately with a Jaws pastiche. Mostly I just want to compliment the sound effects design from artist Tom Fowler here, because it did not occur to me that this was really just a static image of a shark head and not a bouncing, snapping, flailing CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMPing tooth nightmare for days of looking at it.

This article originally appeared on www.polygon.com

There are Wonder Woman books about Wonder Woman having adventures off in the wild blue yonder, and there are Wonder Woman books that really dig into the implicit conflict of the character: A woman from an island of immortal philosopher warriors who are all women.

DC’s new series Nubia & the Amazons is the latter. The book is solely about the society of Themyscira, and doing very, very smart things with the Amazons.

In its first page, with one supernatural plot device, co-writers Stephanie Williams and Vita Ayala, along with artist Alitha Martinez, inject an invaluable source of variety to the never-changing island of immortals. And, as Williams took care to confirm on Twitter, it’s also a way to explicitly include trans women in the society of Themyscira.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s 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.)


“I don’t know how to explain it yet, but this exact moment feels like my soul has desired it long before I came here,” says the new Amazon Bia in Nubia & the Amazons #1 (2021).

Image: Stephanie Williams, Vita Ayala, Alitha Martinez/DC Comics

In their premiere issue, Williams, Ayala, and Martinez introduce the Well of Souls, an offshoot of the Amazon origin story detailed way back in George Peréz’s influential Amazon origin story in 1987. Peréz’s Amazons were created within the Cavern of Souls, a place where Greek goddesses make each new warrior from the reincarnated souls of women who died from violence perpetrated by men. The new Well of Souls creates a path from the Cavern to Themyscira, and establishes the idea that the arrival of new Amazons is routine and accompanied by much celebration and welcoming ritual. Including each new Amazon choosing a name for herself.

Fans suspected that Bia’s admission here held something significant that was yet to be revealed, and Williams confirmed the theory on Twitter, saying “The answer to your burning question is yes. There are trans Amazons. One of the newest Amazons is a Black trans woman.”

See? This is exactly the kind of awesome thing you can do when you get excited about the potential of an island of immortal warrior philosopher women.

“Mjolnir has been stolen. You need me to find it for you. Is that about the size of it?” says Throg, as he sips a drink from a goblet, and Thor crouches uncomfortably at the end of the frog-sized banquet table in Thor #18 (2021).

“You know. No one knows. How? How is this possible,” Thor asks, angry. “Throg knows everything. You’ve come to the right place,” Throg replies. He drains his drink. He slams it down on the table. “Now,” he says, “I’ll need a team,” in Thor #18 (2021).

Image:

I don’t usually put an entire page in the roundup, much less two pages, but this moment in Thor #18, which leans into Frog Thor like a sharp turn and presages the just-a-few-pages-later reformation of the (Pet) Avengers just rules too hard not to show it.

“We’re going to break into the Batcave,” says Selina Kyle (short hair with a grey streak) to Killer Crock (overweight, wearing a wifebeater, open baseball jersey, gold chain, and a cap). “On Election Day,” she continues in Catwoman: Lonely City #1 (2021).

Killer Croc laughs softly at first, then brays out a deep belly laugh in a bar, much to Selina Kyle’s consternation. “Goddamn, Selina! Woo! I’ll drink to that!” in Catwoman: Lonely City #1 (2021).

Image: Cliff Chiang/DC Comics

Hey, are you a fan of Batman: The Animated Series and other Batman comics like it? Would you like to read a We’re Definitely Getting Too Old for This heist story about a just-got-out-of-doing-hard-time Catwoman in a modern Gotham City where Batman’s been dead for years? Well, you should read Catwoman: Lonely City, because it’s about the best and most stylish version of that pitch you could expect. The book is also the first time Cliff Chiang has written a comic as well as drawing it and dang! Let this guy write comics more! He also colors and letters it! Dang! Dang!

“Did you attack my grandparents?” Jon Kent asks Heny Bendix, ruler of Gamorra, as he floats threateningly into his highrise building. “I would never harm an innocent family,” Bendix smiles, “Gamorra is a peaceful nation,” in Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 (2021).

Image: Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo/DC Comics

A while back someone asked me who the most homophobic supervillain was, and I was hard pressed to decide on one from DC Comics — Marvel makes it easy, with how many Literal Nazis hang around in that setting — maybe Wonder Woman’s Doctor Psycho?

But I have a new answer now. What with being Apollo and Midnighter’s nemesis, and his setup as a villain to Jon Kent, soon to be established as bisexual, I deem Henry Bendix the most homophobic supervillain in DC Comics. This is no loss, as he is the worst in all incarnations. Long may he get his jaw socked by superhumans.

“You have got to be fucking kidding me,” says a character as she and another look at the severed shark head gnashing and chomping furiously in the bottom of their boat in Refrigerator Full of Heads #1 (2021).

Image: Rio Youers, Tom Fowler/DC Comics

If you read Basket Full of Heads, you know it is a series about a viking axe whose victims remain alive and aware even after their heads are separated from their bodies. The sequel, Refrigerator Full of Heads, ups the ante immediately with a Jaws pastiche. Mostly I just want to compliment the sound effects design from artist Tom Fowler here, because it did not occur to me that this was really just a static image of a shark head and not a bouncing, snapping, flailing CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP CHOMPing tooth nightmare for days of looking at it.


Source link Author Susana Polo on date 2021-10-25 16:25:14 Polygon is a gaming website in partnership with Vox Media. Their culture focused site covers games, their creators, the fans, trending stories and entertainment news. Follow them for more

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