The Justice League is dead, and the new Justice League is… not great

Dark Crisis is DC’s 2022 crossover event about what happens after the death of the Justice League. The first issue focuses heavily on Jon Kent, who has already stepped into his father’s big red boots as Superman and naturally sees it as his responsibility to recruit a new Justice League to inspire the world at a time of grief, too protect and comfort insecurity.

It’s just that his choices… well, let’s go through them. Supergirl, Jon’s cousin once removed who would surely find out about it at the next reunion if she hadn’t said yes; a blue beetle; Doctor Light, who has her obligatory appearance in an event comic and absolutely nowhere else; Killer Frost, who, despite being reformed, still has a pesky old uncontrollable hunger for the heat of human bodies; booster gold; the other blue beetle; FRANKENSTEIN; Aqualad, Jon’s closest gay friend; Robin, Jon’s closest straight friend; and the hardly reformed Harley Quinn.

If that’s how you found out that Frankenstein’s monster is a recurring DC Comics superhero, I’m sorry. His name is Frankenstein and he’s a secret agent for paranormal stuff (I think. I’m not looking).

What else is happening on the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comics editor has enjoyed over the past week. It’s part society site about the life of a superhero, part recommended reading, 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 issue, read this.)

Black Adam dresses up Jon Kent/Superman's pitch for a new Justice League lineup, says Harley is unstable and will stab him in the back (Harley says

Image: Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere/DC Comics

In the words of Sam Wilson, Black Adam is out of line, but he’s right – this isn’t the Justice League that will make the world feel like it’s in good hands when its greatest heroes have fallen and villains run amok. But it’s a great character move for Jon, who has all of his father’s optimism and trust in people but none of his public relations experience.

by orcs! The Curse #1 (2022).

Image: Christine Larsen/Boom Studios

I loved Christine Larsens orcsa classic “what if it was from the henchmen’s point of view” story, but with an unusual commitment. orcs is funny, of course, but the humor serves a mixture of a serious piece of life and adventure. I’m really glad Larsen is back with a new miniseries, this time with those crow people in the foreground. I already love her.

in Poison Ivy #1 (2022).

Image: G Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara/DC Comics

Writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Marcio Takara Poisonous Ivy starts off strong with a cocktail destruction visualizations and Hannibal-like intrusive thoughts. If the rest of the miniseries continues like this, I think it will be an Ivy story for the ages.

in Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #1 (2022).

Image: Torunn Grønbekk, Michael Dowling/DC Comics

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor hits shelves just in time to provide an ongoing Jane Foster comic to touch Thor: Love & Thunder meets. My longest-awaited comic book reference? A cameo appearance by Jane’s unionized Pegasus, Mr. Horse.

in DC Pride 2022.

Image: Kevin Conroy, J Bone/DC Comics

If you pick up a comic this week, make it DC Pride 2022 #1. The standout story here is the only non-fiction: A memoir of the struggle as a gay actor in the ’80s and early ’90s, by the voice of Batman himself, Kevin Conroy.

Storytime: Imagine me waiting at the DC Comics booth waiting to start an interview, hearing an oddly familiar laughter on the other side of a partition, and wondering which buddy of mine is over there taking photos – and then I’m doing it realized with a jolt it was familiar because it sounded just like Batman. When I sat down with the reason I was actually There, Conroy was interviewing a queer comics creator, crossed the partition to grab a chair for his own interviews, and struck up a conversation on my topic. I didn’t dare interrupt him, nor did I want to. I could have lived in this bubble of a moment for hours—a queer professional creator, a queer reporter, and the queer industry legend who inspired us both. The Justice League is dead, and the new Justice League is… not great

Charles Jones

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