Jimmy Olsen simply saved Superman’s job and all of DC Comics continuity

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Jimmy Olsen just saved Superman’s job and all of DC Comics continuity

Within the pages of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, our expensive Jimmy has develop into the Jake Paul of Gotham City. He met the Porcadillo. Someone murdered his decoy corpse. And many different issues apart from, like Gorilla City weddings and Red Lantern cats.

But this week, with Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber’s last difficulty, the comedian revealed its most inconceivable twist but: It’s really fixing a significant downside in Superman comics proper now. Namely, the Daily Planet’s solvency. After publishing the inside track that the paper’s new proprietor was the chief of Metropolis’ “Invisible Mafia,” and accountable for many dangerous stuff, the Daily Planet discovered its credibility ruined, its funding gone, and the FBI on its doorstep.

But in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #12, Jimmy found out a solution to get the Planet sufficient cash to maintain going endlessly, which signifies that this bonkers little collection during which Jimmy Olsen and Batman get in a prank struggle is a real continuity linchpin. Bravo to everybody concerned.

What else is going on within the pages of our favourite comics? We’ll let you know. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly checklist 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.


Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #12

Jimmy Olsen explains that if Lex Luthor funds his sister’s plays, and the Daily Planet, he won’t use his power as a Luthor heir to mess with Lex’s money, in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #12, DC Comics (2020).

Image: Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber/DC Comics

Oh, and Jimmy acquired the cash to save lots of the Daily Planet after discovering that he and his siblings are secretly distant cousins of Lex Luthor, which supplies them veto management over any us of the Luthor fortune, so the Joker isn’t the one one annoying the billionaires of the DC Universe.

Sequoia declares the Cotati resolution to bring war to the universe in Empyre #1, Marvel Comics (2020).

Image: Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti/Marvel Comics

It in all probability received’t come as a shock to you that the kickoff difficulty of Marvel’s summer season crossover ended with a giant twist — however then once more it was a really massive twist. After months of punching up a battle between the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the Kree, and the Skrulls, it appears to be like like all people’s gonna be preventing — checks notes — the Cotati? Remember the Coatati? The plant individuals who additionally lived on the Kree dwelling planet? The ones they murdered? If you don’t, that’s high-quality, no one else did both.

Andy deflects Noriko’s katana only to be caught by her kiss as the rest of the Old Guard look on in shock in The Old Guard: Force Multiplied #5, Image Comics (2020).

Image: Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernández/Image Comics

Looking to search out out what occurs subsequent with The Old Guard? Wondering if Andy and Quynh have been gal friends or one thing extra? I like to recommend The Old Guard: Force Multiplied, the sequel comedian that simply wrapped up over at Image.

The Batmobeast, a sentient monster truck who is also Batman, explains his stupid backstory as other characters ignore him, in Dark Nights: Death Metal #2, DC Comics (2020).

Image: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo/DC Comics

Sure, I suppose there’s a Batmanhattan Who Laughs, now, however I hold enthusiastic about how all people within the DC Universe is so uninterested in Nightmare Batmans that no one on this scene is even being attentive to the Batmobeast’s backstory.

Free Comic Book Day X-Men

Banshee, Angel, Rogue, Blob Herman, Beast, Havok, Apocalypse and more on a “The Hanged Man” tarot card representing... something... for X- of Swords, in Free Comic Book Day X-Men, Marvel Comics (2020).

Image: Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz/Marvel Comics

If 2020 had gone as deliberate for Direct Market comics, we’d already be studying X of Swords, however a minimum of now we’ve got Marvel’s deliberate Free Comic Book Day preview difficulty for the occasion. It’s fantastically drawn and doesn’t actually inform us rather more about what’s going to occur — however what’s going to occur will contain the X-Men, and swords, and is that not sufficient?

Strange Adventures #3

Alanna and Adam Strange on a national talk show say they have no idea why the investigation Adam actually asked for is happening, in Strange Adventures #3, DC Comics (2020).

Image: Tom King, Mitch Gerads/DC Comics

The additional we get into Strange Adventures, the extra I’m interested by it. Adam Strange requested Mister Terrific to research him to show his innocence. But now that Terrific is popping over rocks he and his spouse would relatively go away alone, the Stranges are weaponizing their … let’s say lilly white fame as heroes towards him. The plot is considerably thickening.

Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto

Emma Frost introduces Magneto to her new mutant chef, who has prepared lobster for their meal, in Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto, Marvel Comics (2020).

Image: Jonathan Hickman, Ramón Pérez/Marvel Comics

Check out Giant-Size X-Men: Magneto for a pleasant story about Magento and Namor having undersea adventures, after which go learn this very interesting piece at Xavier Files that examines whether or not Magneto keeps kosher.

Nightwing #72

Punchline uses Batgirl’s blood to paint a Joker smile on Nightwing’s face. “Batgirl is mine to kill,” he says with a grin, in Nightwing #72, DC Comics (2020).

Image: Dan Jurgens, Ronan Cliquet/DC Comics

A fast Nightwing replace: He’s been brainwashed by the Joker, simply in time for Joker War.

Captain Marvel #17

Ms. Marvel arrives to Captain Marvels’ game night with a stack of cleverly off-brand board games with names like “Settlers of Tacan” and “Nomopoli,” in Captain Marvel #17, Marvel Comics (2020).

Image: Kelly Thompson, Francesco Manna/Marvel Comics

Absolutely the cutest factor is Ms. Marvel getting invited to the grown-up superhero sport evening and assuming they’re taking part in board video games once they’re really taking part in poker. Baby woman. (Don’t fear, she convinces them to do an escape room as a substitute and Villain Things Happen — it’s a great difficulty.)

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