Back in February, when the world was completely different, Batman scribe Tom King tweeted a tease of an upcoming story: a wordless picture of Batman and an extremely pregnant Catwoman embracing on high of a gargoyle, just like the world’s most leather-clad maternity announcement.
Speculation took off: Was this a dream sequence? Something actual? Was it from his upcoming Batman/Catwoman sequence, set in precise DC Comics canon? The story turned out to be an eight-page characteristic referred to as “Helena,” on this week’s Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular.
“Helena” takes place in an alternate timeline featured in King’s in depth run on Batman, through which Batman and Catwoman marry, change into a crime-fighting workforce, and stay to develop previous and die of completely mundane issues like most cancers. In the center of all that, the 2 superheroes have a superbaby, and King and Mikel Janín’s story exhibits what that was like.
What else is going on within the pages of our favourite comics? We’ll inform you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly record of the books that our comics editor loved this previous week. It’s half society pages of superhero lives, half studying suggestions, half “look at this cool art.” There could also be some spoilers. There might not be sufficient context. If you missed the final one, learn this.
Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular
The anniversary anthology particular is stuffed with completely different Catwoman tales based mostly in all eras — from the pro-conservation burglar/activist, to a jewel thief within the fashion of the 1960s Batman TV sequence, proper as much as homages to Frank Miller’s former dominatrix, and Ed Brubaker/Cameron Stewart’s street-level heist grasp.
King and Janín pour on the romance angle, nevertheless, displaying a Selina whose bat-husband helps her by means of her fears that having a child will finish her days of being an impartial spirit — an out of doors cat, if you’ll. The story ends with Selina telling her grownup daughter that she knew it might all be high-quality when she realized Helena had taken after her mom in a single main manner. “You stole my heart,” Selina says. Cue the awwwwwws.
Death of Nancy Drew was introduced to some controversy, as you often don’t kick off a personality’s 90th anniversary by killing them. Now that the primary subject is out and the inevitable twist has been delivered, was it price it?
Far Sector #6
If you’re on the lookout for a comic book that wrestles with police brutality on peaceable protestors, the legacy of battle and colonialism, and interrogates the concept of Green Lanterns as “space cops” multi function — and is fantastically written and spectacularly drawn by a few simply wildly proficient black creators — you would possibly wish to give Far Sector a glance.
We Served the People: My Mother’s Stories
One of our summer season comics to be careful for, We Served the People is Emei Burell’s biography of her mom’s youth in the course of the Great Leap Forward — when, amongst different issues, the Chinese authorities pressured a technology of city youngsters out of college to work rural farms.
Teen Titans Go!: Booyah!
There are probably some dad and mom on the market on this information: Teen Titans Go!: Booyah! is a brand new sequence from DC Comics, for any younger followers you already know, and it comes out each week.
Batman: The Adventures Continue #5
Batman: The Adventures Continue has been slooooooowly rolling out its model of Jason Todd, to suit with the canon of Batman: The Animated Series, and the plot is lastly beginning to thicken.
Action Comics #1022
This week’s Action Comics held what may doubtlessly be some massive implications for the structural underpinnings of the DC Multiverse. Superheroes had been throwing across the phrase “reboot” and never in a fourth-wall breaking manner. But the perfect cosmic superhero tales don’t neglect to incorporate the little moments, like this heartbreaking scene of Ma and Pa Kent realizing that they in some way bear in mind their adopted grandson from one other timeline, Conner Kent, and so they’ve missed him a lot.