Marvel’s New Doctor Strange Comic Gives You A Whole New Power Source


Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez’s Defenders It’s been a magnificent book since the jump, a supernatural game in which Doctor Strange and a few magically selected companions flit through the multiverse on a quest to stop a bad boy and round up a bunch of wild magic. But with this theme, Ewing and Rodríguez put a very different kind of power in the hands of their characters.

In fact, it could be said that it is the fundamental basis of all the magic of the comics.

Yes, I am talking about the four color printing process.

What else is happening on 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 this past week. It’s part of the Superhero Lives Society pages, part of reading tips, part of “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the latest edition, read this.)


Taaia (yellow), Cloud (cyan), Harpy (magenta), Doctor Strange (white) and Masked Raider (black) represent the magic sign of Five, represented by the four colors of the color printing process and white, the color of the page, in Defensores # 3 (2021).

Image: Al Ewing, Javier Rodríguez / Marvel Comics

This is the kind of metatext that gets me going: The power of this team of Avengers, Strange explains, comes from how they represent the four houses of the Tarot and the Secret Fire, thus forming the five elements of the pentagram, the Sign of Five. They are “all the colors” of magic, which Rodríguez represents throughout the number as yellow, cyan, magenta, black and white.

That is, the four colors of the four printing processes that combine to form all the colors on a printed page, and white, the color of the page itself. What a kiss from the chef.

Ratcatcher holds a knife to Dr. Jocasta Joy's throat, and explains that he has to eat the boy to turn into a rat so that Amadeus Arkham cannot find him.  She calmly tries to convince him, until he is suddenly tested in Arkham City: The Order of the World # 1 (2021).

Image: Dan Watters, Dani / DC Comics

I quite enjoyed the first issue of Arkham City: Order of the World, thanks in large part to the work of artist Dani and colorist Dave Stewart, who are bringing a true classic Sandman vibrations to the series. Most Arkham Asylum stories are eventually about how everyone who enters the Asylum, including the staff, slowly goes insane just from being there, but World order It seems to be pointing to a different place than the old well, and I’m curious to see where.

A technological spider contraption unfolds and traps Spider-Man until he can't move.  “Please relax,” he says in a recorded voice, “You will be discharged in an hour.  Use this time to reflect on your life

Image: Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason / Marvel Comics

I would say that Amazing Spider-Man # 75 is a great place for new readers to pick up the book, but honestly … it really feels like a continuation of Nick Spencer’s just-concluded run, which was spectacularly dense and with a lot of continuity. The jokes, however, are excellent.

Image: Christopher Sebela, Kendall Goode / Oni Press

Garbage bag rapture It begins with a premise: a moron protagonist who can harbor restless spirits inside her mind makes a living reluctantly transporting ghosts that are tied to the place where they died to a more pleasant place. Then on the final page, as you can see above, things get plus Complicated.

Ajak the Eternal argues with Ghost Rider about how the Avengers are using the corpse of a Celestial as their base of operations in Eternals: Celestia (2021).

Image: Kieron Gillen, Kei Zama / Marvel Comics

The Eternals are doing a ton of one-shots as the rest of their ongoing series gears up for their second arc, and they’re all really good. This week, two Eternals are confronted with the fact that the Avengers have emptied the corpse of one of their gods to use as their headquarters. Which is rude.

The ten thirty-something protagonists of The Nice House on the Lake sail across the lake in a speedboat at sunset in The Nice House on the Lake # 5 (2021).

Image: James Tynion IV, Álvaro Martínez Bueno / DC Comics

This is just to say that the horror comic owned by the DC creator The pretty house on the lake it still rips extremely hard, especially art.

Illyana Rasputin / Magik kills one alien after another in flashes of blue, green, magenta and purple, before one of them impales her in her claw and she floats in the dark with the King of Shadows in New Mutants # 22 ( 2021).

Image: Vita Ayala, Rod Reis / Marvel Comics

Speaking of great art, Rod Reis is just killing it in New mutants, while the gang gets caught up in the illusions of the King of Shadows. Magnificent, magnificent work.


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