The best Evil Superman is back in the comics with Justice League Infinity
Justice League and its suite / suite Unlimited Justice League are criminally underrated cartoons. And maybe the best episodes have been wrapped up in Justice Lords, the totalitarian, world-dominating version of the Justice League.
The villainous team was billed as a Justice League of an alternate dimension where an Evil Superman used his laser vision to lobotomize President Lex Luthor and the Justice League took control of the human race from there. But in a one-season arc – yeah, Unlimited Justice League had arcs throughout the season – the show revealed that the Justice Lords weren’t from an alternate reality. They came from a potential future that seemed to get closer every day.
Now thanks to the new Justice League Infinity series, set in the cartoon continuity, we get another story about villains whose every appearance reminds the Justice League of the real potential that they are heading down a dark path.
What else is going on in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comic book publisher enjoyed last week. It’s part superhero life company pages, part reading recommendations, part “check out this cool art”. There may be spoilers. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edit, read this.)
Justice League Infinity # 1 is an assortment of Unlimited Justice League favorites. Amazo? Check. Reclining man and Booster Gold? Check. That subplot where the Martian Manhunter left the League to live secretly under various human identities in order to learn to love humanity? Check!
Yeah yeah yeah, the X-Men moved to a treehouse in NYC and built a robot to fight a kaiju in good old superhero hijinks but the real highlight of X Men # 1 is for Gerry Duggan to continue his quest to get Murd Blurdock, alien space lawyer and Daredevil parody, in all he can.
I had never read a book drawn by Sas Milledge before, but I can’t say no to “teenage hedge witchcraft with a light whimsical setting”. mamo # 1 rewarded me with some beautiful art and that absolute hook of a dual character intro.
Crush & Lobo it’s absolutely about Crush distracting himself from the way his girlfriend broke up with her by taking a galactic road trip to meet his deadbeat dad – but he’s also a good old man. Lobo spatial absurdism, which I think is a nice touch. For me, Lobo will always be the space pope of a fish religion.
With the closing of Heroes are reborn bow, Avengers is the kick of “World War She-Hulk” – you know, like World War Hulk but with Jennifer Walters. World war here seems to mean something a little different, with Russia kidnapping Jennifer Walters and throwing her in the Red Room for brainwashing, turning her into – what else – Red She-Hulk.
It is difficult to choose a panel among wonder girl # 2. The book begins Yara with a beautifully rendered point of origin – and Jones brings so much from the larger Amazon world (DC Comics) while inventing new pieces. How To Immediately Earn My Loyalty For A Wonder Woman Book: Use The Amazons.