X-Men and Eternals Face Their Biggest Threat on Marvel Comics’ Judgment Day

X-Men and Eternals Face Their Biggest Threat on Marvel Comics’ Judgment Day

If there’s any real firsts in the world of superhero comics these days, it’s a big summer crossover event that actually feels like a parts-coordinated adventure, rather than sensory overload. And with AX: Judgment DayI’m officially looking forward to getting a new number.

We knew that the A, X, and E in the title represented a battle between the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Eternals, and AX: Judgment Day #1 kicked off the triple whammy of the kaiju-sized Eternals attacking Krakoa, the full power of the Uni-Mind psychically crushing the mutant leadership, and Thanos’ grandfather (presumably) single-handedly decimating the mutant population on Mars.

But yes AX: Judgment Day #2 has something to say about it, the superheroes might have something bigger to worry about: teaming up to fight God. From my own research, God is usually pretty vulnerable to a team of very good teenage friends, so the X-Men should be fine, at least.

What else is going on in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of the books our comic editor enjoyed last week. (In this case, our comics publisher has been away for a while, so these are from the last few weeks!) They’re part superhero life society pages, part reading recommendations, part “check out this art.” cool”. There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)


Image: Kieron Gillen, Valerio Schiti/Marvel Comics

AX: Judgment Day The n. #2 concludes with the Avengers and Eternals successfully creating a new Celestial, the only thing that can tell the rest of the Eternals to stop trying to kill all mutants. Unfortunately, the new Celestial has a monkey’s paw, and the paw has a thumb.

By what I mean is does it order all Eternals to stop. But he also immediately begins doing what Celestials are most famous for: judging. All of humanity, humans, Eternals, and mutants alike, have 24 hours to prove that they are more righteous than evil, or they will be destroyed.

And without a doubt, the story that begins with the heroes fighting but quickly becomes a team is as old as time. But writer Kieron Gillen is keeping the stakes clear and present, and artist Valerio Schiti is delivering the huge visuals. Just because a story is old doesn’t mean it can’t be done well.

“And so the Seat of Loss takes over, says a Magneto standing up, cape billowing.  His eyes glow pink, as does the gaping cavity in his chest that is filled with tiny biological-looking filaments in X-Men Red #5 (2022).

Image: Al Ewing, Stefano Caselli/Marvel Comics

x men red it’s becoming a “What mic drop moment did Magneto have?” East month?” book. This is a compliment.

After a fake death mid-edit, it turns out that a mutant made of bugs managed to keep some allies alive even after Magneto’s heart had been ripped from his chest. What is at stake in the next issue is Magneto against the force that appear having destroyed nearly all mutant life on Mars, and Magneto Versus Genocide is always a sight to see.

I know, I know, Poison Ivy thinks as she and another woman walk out of a Home Depot with arms full of flowers and leaves, smiling.  “I spend a lot of time contemplating the murder.  But what I really love is buying plants”, in Poison Ivy #3 (2022).

Image: G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara/DC Comics

I was very happy to hear that G. Willow Wilson and Marcio Takara Poison Ivy has been renewed for another six issues, because I think this is a real hit of a botanical goth queer rage comic, giving so much Hannibal Y Annihilation vibes. And it also has the panel above, which will serve as a great blog background for several people I know.

With a big BROOM and a WOOOMMP!  the Defenders are brought to the Neutral Zone, in a double page spread of comic panels breaking apart and spinning in a vortex, in Defenders: Beyond #1 (2022).

Image: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez/Marvel Comics

Perhaps the best-looking comic of 2021 was that of Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez defendersand it’s lovely to see the team return for a sequel, especially with low-key Ewing making it a reunion for the cast of his wildly underrated ultimates Serie.

Mary Marvel screams as a brown rabbit jumps out of her bag to gleefully tell her:

Image: Josie Campbell, Evan “Doc” Shaner/DC Comics

You love seeing creators working on their favorite lesser-known characters, and the new star of Mary Bromfield (formerly Mary Marvel) as the superhero known as Shazam is exactly that for artist Doc Shaner. He also draws a Really big talking rabbit

“SCRAWWW,” a Predator alien yells as the woman he threatens cuts off one of her jaws.

Image: Ed Brisson, Kev Walker/Marvel Comics

what’s new from marvel Predator The series is a bit… Prey but in space? The teen and friend of the spaceship’s AI search the galaxy for the three-jawed predator that killed her parents, and she struggles not to become the same terror she hunts for the aliens she knows. She is a great concept.

“I am Azrael, the Avenging Angel.  It is my duty to bring punishment,” says the brightly colored, many-winged, many-eyed form of the angel Azrael.

Image: Dan Watters, Nikola Čižmešija/DC Comics

Maybe it’s just because I’m a ’90s kid and a Batman fan, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Jean-Paul Valley and her vigilante alter ego, Azrael. Which is another way of saying that I’ve been waiting three decades for someone to come along and make him more than just a “Catholic knight of the moon.” Writer Dan Watters and artist Nikola Čižmešija have piqued my interest in their first issue by, among other things, revealing what Tumblr might call “biblically accurate angel Azrael.” This rule.

Image: Zeb Wells, Ed McGuinness/Marvel Comics

I’m finding it hard to spark much interest in the main Spider-Man books at the moment, but I’m not immune to drawing Doctor Octopus’s arms like a scared dog who just wants Spider-Man to help his captured master. This is so silly and good.

A blond man in a wrestling uniform and hoodie is standing on a table littered with papers, glasses of whiskey, cigarettes, and a wrestling mask in Do a Powerbomb #2 (2022).

Image: Daniel Warren Johnson/Image Comics

I thought I couldn’t be on board anymore for Daniel Warren Johnson do a powerbomb, a comic about professional wrestlers who participate in a supernatural tournament where the prize is to resurrect a loved one. Then the second issue revealed that the masked wrestler who accidentally slipped and killed the hero’s mom is… HIS EQUALLY TRAUMATIZED DAD. The drama.

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