Batman Can’t Beat This New Time Travel Comic About Killing Columbus

The moment I read the official synopsis of EarthdiversI sat up and started listening.

During the climate apocalypse of 2112, a group of “outcast native survivors” […] figure out where the world has turned drastically for the worst: the Americas,” and hatched a plan “to send one of them on a bloody one-sided mission back to 1492 to kill Christopher Columbus before he reaches the so-called New World.” It’s what we call a good story, a real hit and catch to the name of the series’ first story: “Book One: Kill Columbus”.

Author Stephen Graham Jones (The only good Indians, My heart is a saw) and artist Davide Gianfelice (Daredevil Reborn, Northlanders) turned out to be a problem that first generated hype. With that kind of concept, Earthdivers It could easily be an in-house affair, but Jones and Gianfelice are creating something more layered, already filled with character and emotion, despite setting up an entire universe, plot, and action in just in a 36-page first edition.

(Also, just look at the cover of Rafael Albuquerque! A single image that condens everything about the story into a single image: One hero, Columbus, his death and dangerous seas. American history. It’s amazing.)

I will be watching Earthdivers with great care.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will let you know. Welcome to Funnies Monday, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comics editors loved over the past week. There are social pages about the lives of superheroes, a reading of recommendations, a “look at this interesting piece of work”. There may be some damage. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the final edition, read this.)

One sailor chided Tad for knowing how to navigate, not how to knot or fold a sail, as Tad reflected “I could run clubs all day, I could build a morph tree with my eyes closed and I can transcribe using IPA, UK and US,” in Earthdivers #1 (2022).

Image: Stephen Graham Jones, Davide Gianfelice / IDW

I think my favorite – and most telling detail – about Earthdivers #1 is our group of young time-robbing assassins who can only send one back, and they choose our hero, Tad. And not because he knows nothing about violence, or cheating on the ship – but because his ability to speak eight different languages ​​is more valuable to the time travel mission than anything else.

Eternal Phastos talks to the Machine as he discovers its unexpected mundane break switch.  “I learned to be better,” Machine mused, “I learned that being a better person is horrible.  You have to become a better person every day of your life, from start to finish.  Most frustrating,” in AX: Death to the Mutants #2.

Image: Kieron Gillen, Guiu Vilanova / Marvel Comics

Reserve a slot for the Machine, the best new Marvel Comics character of the past few years; The artificial intelligence created by the Gods full of irony, love, and strangely innocent is the Earth. Writer Kieron Gillen debuts The Machine as an unreliable narrator of his work and artist Esad Ribić the eternal, and (in a metaphorical way of making a successful Eternals book in the first place) something goofy and serious that should never have worked, but it did. I’m sad to see that the Machine is hard to reboot into its former robot.

Storm says:

Image: Al Ewing, Madibek Musabekov / Marvel Comics

Rear group X-Men Red can’t stop ditching the microphone on every issue and you’d think it would get boring – but then writer Al Ewing and artist Madibek Musabekov dropped this Storm panel assuming the late Magneto’s role in politics mutant while framing herself in recreating his helmet using her own clouds. I hope X-Men Red gone forever.

Slam Bradley, a sleek black figure in a long gray coat and felt hat, walked down the decorated path away from the bright lights of Wayne Manor.  Rain falls in streaks, in Gotham City: Year One #1 (2022).

Image: Tom King, Phil Hester / DC Comics

Talk about art only doartist Phil Hester on the pure, unconscious detective work of writer Tom King, Gotham City: Year One. Slam Bradley, a relic of Comic detective storyA detective-fiction past, must navigate a world of high society and deadly crime to solve a Lindbergh kidnapping in Gotham City: Little Helen Wayne (Batman’s aunt, if you’re holding the point) , was kidnapped from her stately home.

Seth is a spear-wielding lizard warrior in basic colored armor with flowing hair despite being a lizardman.  “I miss my time at Kahaka Fondly, that's all,” he told an elder.  “When you return, she is all you talk about,” the elder replied. “But remember that you made a promise to someone else.”  Seth looks sad, in Kaya #1 (2022).

Image: Wes Craig / Marvel Comics

I feel like I’ve seen a lot Kayaa new series written and drawn by Deadly Class‘Wes Craig before the first issue hit shelves, with some pages running in the Image Comics commemorative anthology. So I know it’s a story about a warrior sister with magic arm escorting her scholar brother through an imaginary wasteland in search of her destiny, but I are not know there’s a hot lizard boy with shiny blonde hair named Seth who is in love with her unrequitedly, and I love it.

“Don't… don't… be afraid…” depicts a scarred character in golden armor and a terrifying toothless grin in the manga style in Sword of Azrael #3 (2022).

Image: Dan Watters, Nikola ižmešija / DC Comics

One thing I love? Obviously the people behind Azrael’s Swordwriter Dan Watters and artist Nikola ižmešija, watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. It’s been a long time since someone brought anime/manga sensibilities to DC’s top recovery, brainwashed by his father, assassin for a cult even more secretive and sinister than the Knights of the Lineage. This Regulation.

Hijinks occur between the Miracleman-themed Krazy Kat characters in a parody called Kimota Kat in Miracleman #0 (2022).

Image: Ty Templeton / Marvel Comics

Who wore it better: MiraclemanComic book parody has a huge impact Krazy Kator…

A Spider-Man character defends himself from bricks thrown by spiders he's caught in his web in a Krazy Kat parody called Syllie Spider in Edge of Spider-Verse #5 ( 2022).

Image: Phil Lord, David Lopez / Marvel Comics

Edge of Spider-Verseparody? It’s funny to me that both of these comics were published in two different anthologies by the same company in the same week.


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